I saw this blog post at Consumer Commentary and thought I’d share it.  It’s a very good post, given what I’ve seen in most businesses.

Enjoy, Murray

1. Look for opportunities to do something better than just about everyone else.

2. Accept risk as a necessary evil. It makes for much less competition.

3. Act responsibly to customers, employees and vendors.

4. Goals aren’t enough. You need a plan. You need to execute the plan.

5. You need to fix the plan as you go. Learn from your mistakes. Most people don’t.

6. Do not reinvent the wheel. Learn from others — join a business group.

7. Make sure the math works. I know plenty of people who work hard and follow their passion but the math doesn’t work. If the math doesn’t work, neither does the business.

8. Make sure that every employee understands and works toward the mission.

9. There are going to difficult times and you need to be resilient; whining is a waste of time.

10. There will be sacrifices. Work to find a balance so that you don’t become a financially successful loser. It’s not about the income, it’s about the outcome.

“Murray Priestley has 25 years of commercial and asset management experience having served in board, CEO and senior executive positions with a number of global public and private companies.”