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Friday, 2 December 2011

Avoid the Chancellor's depression!

It's easy to become depressed, listening to the Chancellor's grim projections this week. Yet as I meet people who run businesses I find that lots of them are continuing to flourish, even in sectors like construction.

When the economy is going well, people whose businesses are doing well don't say, "Oh, it's just the economy, nothing to do with me!" Usually they say it's down to their effective leadership. So, if it's our resourcefulness which brings success in the good times, then that same resourcefulness can bring success at other times - even when we seem to be bouncing along at the bottom of the recession. If you like jargon, this is about having an attitude of being "at cause." If we don't blame good times for our success, then we can't blame "bad times" for lack of success.

So, for business leaders and others seeking to keep the pounds rolling in, here are seven steps to avoid the Chancellor's depression.

1. Focus on the things you can influence, not on those you can't control.

2. See where you want to get to, not what you want to escape from.

3. Take time to work out the small "stepping stones" you need to take to get there, and the resources you need.

4. Review your marketing strategy: seek to serve market sectors that are themselves growing.

5. Don't be a martyr: identify the areas where you need help and seek out friends and professional advisers who can provide it.

6. Value your achievements.

7. Spend time with people who have a similar attitude and approach.

I hope this brings you some help and encouragement!

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