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Stuck in a Rut?
May 20th, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

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Every career and every job has its ups and downs.  But if you’re really tired and unhappy with your career direction or your work, here’s something to consider:

1. Jot down a few things you really enjoy doing.  For me, it’s writing, speaking, and coaching.  For you, it might be drawing, creating, or working with your hands.

2. Now jot down a few things that you’re really good at.  And don’t be shy.

3. Examine the two lists and see if there is overlap in what you like to do and what you’re really good at doing.

4. Then ask yourself if you can earn a living doing what you love to do and also what you’re good at doing.  If the answer is yes, you may well have found a new career direction or work preference.

Even if you’re not in a rut, this is a good exercise to do every few years.



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Top of Mind: May 19, 2016
May 20th, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

Instincts & Intuition                                                                     

Have you ever known someone who seems to possess insights, wisdom, instincts, or even intuition beyond what you consider normal? It’s that person you look up to or rely on when you’re just not sure about what to do next.

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We all need someone we can go to for advice and counsel. It may be your spouse, a close friend, or even an outside confidant who provides that much-needed perspective, especially on the big decisions that cross your desk – or confound your life.

If you don’t have such a person, think about someone you know who could fill that role. It could be the single most important decision you make this Spring.

 

Here are a few Business & Life Tips to think about….

Business Tips:

  • Send your business plan to key people for advice, not money. If they don’t want to invest, keep working on your concept.
  • Take smart, tactical risks while you continue to grow and manage your current business. Keep the revenue flowing during transition.
  • Employees gravitate toward good leadership and management because they see in their leader the character and vision to succeed.

 

Life Tips:

  • In life, things can unravel fast. When a major health crisis hits, nothing else will matter. Life comes first.
  • We get upset when things change the way we plan our day to go. Our perception of those “things” determines our reaction to them.
  • To be positive is not to be negative. A positive outlook is powerful, in that it alters a way of thought that can transform lives.

 

Check out a past article written by Bill in….

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November – December 2015 Issue

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10 Characteristics of a Good Employer



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Instincts & Intuition
May 17th, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

Have you ever known someone who seems to possess insights, wisdom, instincts, or even intuition beyond what you consider normal?  It’s that person you look up to or rely on when you’re just not sure about what to do next.

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We all need someone we can go to for advice and counsel.  It may be your spouse, a close friend, or even an outside confidant who provides that much-needed perspective, especially on the big decisions that cross your desk – or confound your life.

 
If you don’t have such a person, think about someone you know who could fill that role.  It could be the single most important decision you make this Spring.



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Top of Mind: May 5, 2016
May 6th, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

Running a Small Business

Running a small business has its ups and downs. There’s nothing wrong with having a small business, but there’s a lot wrong with having a small mind when you run it.

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Some leaders run a business by what I call the exception. They set up rules and regulations for customers based on the 5% they anticipate being problems. Instead, they ought to consider the other 19 out of 20 who are invaluable to their business.

The idea is to cultivate relationships with clients. To distinguish your business from the competition. Unfortunately, many owners sacrifice that advantage by not trusting customers and issuing warnings about what is included or not included in their products or services. Operating by the exception – the negative – isn’t a good business practice and it limits your potential.

I get it. Some customers are simply a pain, and there’s nothing wrong with “firing” them as a client. What you don’t want to lose is the 95% who are a blessing to your business.

Small businesses create more jobs than large corporations and are the backbone of our economy. Help your business run better by taking the glass half full approach and by looking at the big picture.

So how are you doing? Are you treating customers like special guests or troublemakers? The special guest treatment could be the difference that makes your business successful this year.

 

Here are a few Business & Life Tips to think about….

Business Tips:

  • Want to sell something? Then you better have passion for it. Passion plus purpose, along with a good product or service works.
  • Most start-up businesses fail because they can’t hang on long enough to make things work. Plan on twice the time it will take.
  • Customers are a great source of knowledge about your business. Tap into their advice and learn from your “unpaid consultants.”

 

Life Tips:

  • An open heart leads to an open mind. An open mind leads to creativity. Open your heart and mind if you truly want to grow.
  • The right amount of stress is what causes all of us to achieve. Nothing is accomplished without it. Find the right balance each day.
  • Have the courage to be honest with people, but share your ideas and points of view with sincerity and gentleness. Be nice.

 

Check out a past article written by Bill in….

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January-February 2016 Issue

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The 21st Century Jeweler



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Running a Small Business
May 2nd, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

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Running a small business has its ups and downs.  There’s nothing wrong with having a small business, but there’s a lot wrong with having a small mind when you run it.

Some leaders run a business by what I call “the exception.”  They set up rules and regulations for customers based on the 5% they anticipate being problems.  Instead, they ought to consider the other 19 out of 20 who are invaluable to their business.

The idea is to cultivate relationships with clients to distinguish your business from the competition.  Unfortunately, many owners sacrifice that advantage by not trusting customers and issuing warnings about what is included or not included in their products or services.  Operating by the exception – the negative – isn’t a good business practice and it limits your potential.

I get it.  Some customers are simply a pain, and there’s nothing wrong with “firing” them as a client.  What you don’t want to lose is the 95% who are a blessing to your business.

Small businesses create more jobs than large corporations and are the backbone of our economy.  Help your business run better by taking the glass-half-full approach and by looking at the big picture.

So how are you doing?  Are you treating customers like special guests or troublemakers?  The special guest treatment could be the difference that makes your business successful this year.



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Top of Mind: April 21, 2016
April 21st, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

What To Do If You Lose Your Job                                                                                 

Losing your job – through being laid off or simply terminated – can be a frightening and depressing experience. Here are some things to consider if this happens to you or a loved one:

  • This sounds trite, but being out of work isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you.       You have life and can rebound from the challenge.
  • Shake off the blow to your ego and translate it to being grateful for the self-confidence you have. Don’t get down on yourself.
  • Take stock of your skills and experience, and what you truly love to do. Your unexpected change could be a blessing in disguise.
  • Get some counsel and advice from a trusted friend, someone who will help you no matter what.
  • Is it time to get that advanced degree you’ve long contemplated, or to consider a career change that has tempted you for years?
  • Network like crazy. You’ve done things for others. Maybe it’s time for them to do something for you.
  • Be open to something new or entirely different. Maybe you were in a rut or going nowhere anyway. Hitch your wagon to something with advancement potential.
  • Finally, be relentless in pursuit of what you really want. This is your chance to start fresh.

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Here are a few Business & Life Tips to think about….

Business Tips:

  • Prepare yourself for your next assignment by doing excellent work in your current one. This is the very best way to get ahead.
  • When possible, hire with succession planning in mind. Look for leadership and potential, not just a warm body to fill a slot.
  • When things aren’t going well in business, it’s usually not the people or the process to blame. It’s the leadership and management.

 

Life Tips:

  • Go walk the dog. There’s something refreshing about it. You take time to get out and see things from another perspective.
  • You can choose to be happy or sad. It’s more about your attitude than your specific circumstances. Learn to count your blessings.
  • When you stop fretting about others and start to focus on changing yourself, you are on the way to re-discovering freedom.

 

Here is a past article written by Bill….

Looking for a Job? Tune-up Your Resume…



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What To Do If You Lose Your Job
April 14th, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

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Losing your job – through being laid off or simply terminated – can be a frightening and depressing experience. Here are some things to consider if this happens to you or a loved one:

  • This sounds trite, but being out of work isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you. You have life and can rebound from the challenge.
  • Shake off the blow to your ego and translate it to being grateful for the self-confidence you have. Don’t get down on yourself.
  • Take stock of your skills and experience, and what you truly love to do. Your unexpected change could be a blessing in disguise.
  • Get some counsel and advice from a trusted friend, someone who will help you no matter what.
    Is it time to get that advanced degree you’ve long contemplated, or to consider a career change that has tempted you for years?
  • Network like crazy. You’ve done things for others. Maybe it’s time for them to do something for you.
  • Be open to something new or entirely different. Maybe you were in a rut or going nowhere anyway. Hitch your wagon to something with advancement potential.
  • Finally, be relentless in pursuit of what you really want. This is your chance to start fresh.


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Top of Mind: April 7, 2016
April 8th, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

What People Want        

People want us to care. And they want us to demonstrate it by what we do, not by what we say.

When we give people our undivided attention, they soak it up. In some respects, our time gets multiplied by giving it away.

Giving time to people shows we really care because we only have so much of it. When we give our time to people, we give them a portion of our life that we’ll never get back.

If you’re like me, you cherish your time. It’s all you’ve got in this life and it keeps passing away. So don’t just pass time. Use it to help, train, and encourage others. The benefit comes back to you in myriad ways.

Tick, tick, tick. Time is passing quickly, so give it away.

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Here are a few Business & Life Tips to think about….

Business Tips:

  • If you are a leader, stop thinking in terms of your “direct reports” and start thinking of them as your “direct supports.”
  • One way to enslave a business (or a household) is to engulf it with debt. The way to unleash it is to make it debt-free.
  • Test the idea of a new business venture before you quit your job and launch full speed into it. This is your backstop, if needed.

 

Life Tips:

  • We take time for others, but we must also take time for ourselves. The value of solitude and renewal is one of life’s essentials.
  • An irony of life: we work hard to become comfortable, happy, and successful, but realize at some point that even this is not enough.
  • Worry causes stress unnecessarily. Control what you can, and forego worrying about what you can’t control. This liberates your mind.


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What People Want
April 4th, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

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People want us to care.  And they want us to demonstrate it by what we do, not by what we say.

When we give people our undivided attention, they soak it up.  In some respects, our time gets multiplied by giving it away.

Giving time to people shows we really care because we only have so much of it.  When we give our time to people, we give them a portion of our life that we’ll never get back.

If you’re like me, you cherish your time.  It’s all you’ve got in this life and it keeps passing away.  So don’t just pass time.  Use it to help, train, and encourage others.  The benefit comes back to you in myriad ways.

Tick, tick, tick.  Time is passing quickly, so give it away.



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Top of Mind: March 24, 2016
March 29th, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

Logic and Emotion                                                                                                                                                            

We’re emotional beings, so we build and nurture relationships by using emotion to connect with people. Emotions govern our behavior – how we act – whereas logic helps us to think clearly, and unemotionally.

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Whether in business, sports, marriage, or any relationships, our emotions can trick us, get the best of us, or get us in trouble. Our communications – verbal, written, or even nonverbal – are often best left unsaid, unwritten, and un-displayed. It’s easier to sleep on a letter response or an email than it is a verbal or visual response, but it is no less important. The value that logic provides is structure, focus, and rational thinking to decision-making.

So how do we balance logic and emotion at home, at work, in our neighborhoods and communities, and even in society at large? Part of it involves thoughtfulness based on composure as opposed to reacting to circumstances and people with lightening speed, simply because we’ve always done it that way.

Want to improve your relationships? Then be more mindful of your actions, and especially your reactions. Do that well and you’ll find the right balance between logic and emotion.

 

Here are a few Business & Life Tips….

Business Tips:

  • Every employer/employee relationship is a little different. Take the time to establish an individual rapport with each person.
  • I know. It’s good to have a job today. But why would you work for someone who doesn’t treat you with respect?
  • Repetition is a great teacher. Say it, and say it again. Some people will tire of it. Most, however, will finally learn it.

 

Life Tips:

  • Nothing stays the same. Things are always changing. So should we. Adapting is crucial to survival in life and in business.
  • Building good habits is a key to long-term success and happiness. Joy comes from the peace of mind that stems from such habits.
  • Simple is elegant. Consider the simple things in life: a good cup of coffee, a warm and cozy fire, a pet in your lap, a content heart.

  

Here are a couple past articles written by Bill:

A Team, and a Player

Exercising Discipline

 



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"Bill Boyajian is a leader people follow, with a proven track record of success. He will provide solutions to your biggest challenges and deliver terrific results."

–Howard Herzog
International Jewelers Block Insurance

"A sought after role model, Bill reminds us that how we lead our business has everything to do with how we live a fulfilling life."

– Pam Levine,
Levine Design Group