Reflections of 2008

Today's discussion, which is the last in 2008, is about reflection and perspective on what delights you about your profession and/or your business practices.

Spend a few minutes thinking back over your professional career. Close your eyes (after you are done reading this) and go over the research, marketing, selling, engagements, client conversations, employee to employee conversations, analyses, interviews, publicity events presenting findings and recommendations and being called back to provide additional products, services or mentoring. What were the one or two most satisfying and rewarding events or moments you have experienced?

Was it when a team received applause at a board meeting for your work they performed under your direction? Was it winning an engagement or a sale you had been pursuing for some time? Was it reaching a unique conclusion or insight after a long period of analysis? Was it the times you spent with a valued colleague working on a difficult problem? What about being able to speak to audiences about your work or about your profession in general? Or is it the flexibility of lifestyle business and/or sales management can afford you?

Is there a pattern? What were you doing when you experienced your favorite moment? If you think about a few of your favorite moments, is there a pattern? Are they all related to selling your services or wining an engagement, or are they mostly about doing the work? Are the winning moments all of one type? If so, how will you make 2009 a year when you get to experience more of those delightful moments? Why shouldn't you focus your efforts on living a professional life full of joy?

Conversely, what were some of the worst moments of your professional career? Is there a pattern? Can you restructure your business practice to eliminate or at least mitigate them?

2009 is exactly 4 days away. I sincerely hope that my weekly messages of hope, leadership, management, sales and dealing most effectively with people in general has been a good inspiration to your business and personal lives alike. I get my ideas from many of you who send me comments that reflect your perspective. I get great pleasure from those of you who ask me great questions about business acumen, growth, sales and treat of and by people. And I certainly hope that pleasure rings loud and clear each week as this “People Newsletter” goes out.

I would like to wish you a tremendous 2009! If we can ever be of assistance to you, please contact me via Email, U.S. Mail or call and we will respond immediately!


George F. Mancuso, CPC
Gman Business Resources, Inc.