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Ahhhh…Monsters and Other Scary Things!!! | Extraordinary Business

How to avoid getting chased around by a 10 foot, 1800 pound flesh-eating, stress inducing calendar

frankenstiens_monsterDo you have a task list that mounts by the day with new emails, demands and expectations that you feel like you’ve got an 1800 pound monster on your back?

Do you find yourself bouncing around from meeting to phone call to networking event, then find that you are  actually accomplishing much, only to spend the rest of your time answering emails and putting out fires.  Then everything that you were supposed to do piles up until the last minute causing you to begin running around the office trying to get everyone to move as quickly as possible to get the work done at the last minute.

I hate that. 

“Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.”

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Ahhhh…Monsters and Other Scary Things!!! | Extraordinary Business

How to avoid getting chased around by a 10 foot, 1800 pound flesh-eating, stress inducing calendar

task listDo you have a task list that mounts by the day with new emails, demands and expectations that you feel like you’ve got an 1800 pound monster on your back?
Do you find yourself bouncing around from meeting to phone call to networking event, then find that you are  actually accomplishing much, only to spend the rest of your time answering emails and putting out fires.  Then everything that you were supposed to do piles up until the last minute causing you to begin running around the office trying to get everyone to move as quickly as possible to get the work done at the last minute.
I hate that.

“Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.”

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Outsourcing Strategically| Extraordinary Business

The ‘make or buy’ method of filling your business needs.

Outsourced Services“Outsourcing is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get,” could have been a line from Winston Grooms’ 1986 novel “Forrest Gump.”  While businesses consider the idea of working with outsourced partners, many don’t know how much they should be paying for what they are receiving and how to ensure that they are getting value for the money they are spending.

Your job, as a business leader, is to increase your company’s profit.  Bottom line.  That means that your best interest is in focusing on the things that move you closer to profitability, which is the production, sale and delivery of profitable goods and services.  When you have to focus on other things, such as administrative tasks, marketing, etc., you are effectively taking your eye off the ball.  If you are a growing company, you know how essential each moment you have is; time is not forgiving and wasted time cannot be refunded.

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Bad Mojo | Extraordinary Business

I have had a hosting provider for a number of years (Aplus.net, now a Deluxe Company) who had been highly recommended as one of the best website hosting providers according to C|Net.com.  While the service initially was fine, over time the company was purchased and repurchased, servers were upgraded and I, of course, upgraded my website several times.  After several years, I began to notice changes – the website wasn’t as stable as it once had been, emails were not being handled correctly and technical support was slower and less capable.  Remarkably, their 99% uptime guarantee is gone from their website as well.  I began to have one of those “bad mojo” feelings about this relationship.  Incidentally, if you are reading this post on the home page of the company website, instead of the site, it has everything to do with the site not being properly set up.

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