The New Year is a new start, and one of the best traditions of the time is the proverbial New Year’s resolution. Well, self-improvement is a noble goal, and there’s no reason why it can’t be extended for entrepreneurs as well. So here’s some useful New Year’s resolutions for us all:
1) I will stop burning by bridges: Those of us with a more volatile nature will think back on relationships destroyed due to unfair termination. You know you have more to offer the client, and they will be well-served to continue your retainer. Yet for some clients, they just can’t see it. Getting angry at them for ending your relationship does not help either party, but sometimes, it just feels good to unload on them. Let’s do less of this in the future, and we will be rewarded with more clients in the long run.
2) I will listen to the client more: Sometimes, clients bring useful knowledge that can shared with others as well. You’re just blinded to it because of all the other clueless CEOs you’ve had to contend with. Picking out that one jewel may seem like an impossible task, but listening carries other rewards as well. When clients are finished giving their input, they will generally show the same consideration and listen to you in turn.
More New Year’s business resolutions tomorrow …