This 9keys to business and career success rocks!!!

With respect to how things ultimately should be done to get some achievement that can be termed success, think this way!
1 Time doesn’t fill me. I fill time
Deadlines and time frames establish parameters, but typically not in a good way. The average person who is given two weeks to complete a task will instinctively adjust his effort so it actually takes two weeks.

Forget deadlines, at least as a way to manage your activity. Tasks should only take as long as they need to take. Do everything as quickly and effectively as you can. Then use your “free” time to get other things done just as quickly and effectively.

Average people allow time to impose its will on them; remarkable people impose their will on their time.

2. The people around me are the people I chose.

Some of your employees drive you nuts. Some of your customers are obnoxious. Some of your friends are selfish, all-about-me jerks.

You chose them. If the people around you make you unhappy it’s not their fault. It’s your fault. They’re in your professional or personal life because you drew them to you–and you let them remain.

Think about the type of people you want to work with. Think about the types of customers you would enjoy serving. Think about the friends you want to have.

Then change what you do so you can start attracting those people. Hardworking people want to work with hardworking people. Kind people like to associate with kind people.

Successful people are naturally drawn to successful people.

3. I have never paid my dues.

Dues aren’t paid, past tense. Dues get paid, each and every day. The only real measure of your value is the tangible contribution you make on a daily basis.

No matter what you’ve done or accomplished in the past, you’re never too good to roll up your sleeves, get dirty, and do the grunt work.  No job is ever too menial, no task ever too unskilled or boring.

Remarkably successful people never feel entitled–except to the fruits of their labor.

4. Experience is irrelevant. Accomplishments are everything.

You have “10 years in the Web design business.” Whoopee. I don’t care how long you’ve been doing what you do. Years of service indicate nothing; you could be the worst 10-year programmer in the world.

I care about what you’ve done: how many sites you’ve created, how many back-end systems you’ve installed, how many customer-specific applications you’ve developed (and what kind)… all that matters is what you’ve done.

Successful people don’t need to describe themselves using hyperbolic adjectives like passionate, innovative, driven, etc.

Remarkably successful people don’t need to use any adjectives at all. They can just describe, hopefully in a humble way, what they’ve done.

5. Failure is something I accomplish; it doesn’t just happen to me.

Ask people why they have been successful. Their answers will be filled with personal pronouns: I, me, and the sometimes too occasional we.

Ask them why they failed. Most will revert to childhood and instinctively distance themselves, like the kid who says, “My toy got broken…” instead of, “I broke my toy.”

They’ll say the economy tanked. They’ll say the market wasn’t ready. They’ll say their suppliers couldn’t keep up.

They’ll say it was someone or something else.

And by distancing themselves, they don’t learn from their failures.

Occasionally something completely outside your control will cause you to fail. Most of the time, though, it’s you. And that’s okay. Every successful person has failed. Numerous times. Most of them have failed a lot more often than you. That’s why they’re successful now.

Embrace every failure: Own it, learn from it, and take full responsibility for making sure that next time, things will turn out differently.

6. Volunteers always win.

Whenever you raise your hand you wind up being asked to do more.

That’s great. Doing more is an opportunity: to learn, to impress, to gain skills, to build new relationships–to do something more than you would otherwise been able to do.

Success is based on action. The more you volunteer, the more you get to act. Successful people step forward to create opportunities.

Remarkably successful people sprint forward.

7. As long as I’m paid well, it’s all good.

Specialization is good. Focus is good. Finding a niche is good.

Generating revenue is great.

Anything a customer will pay you a reasonable price to do–as long as it isn’t unethical, immoral, or illegal–is something you should do. Your customers want you to deliver outside your normal territory? If they’ll pay you for it, fine. They want you to add services you don’t normally include? If they’ll pay you for it, fine. The customer wants you to perform some relatively manual labor and you’re a high-tech shop? Shut up, roll ’em up, do the work, and get paid.

Only do what you want to do and you might build an okay business. Be willing to do what customers want you to do and you can build a successful business.

Be willing to do even more and you can build a remarkable business.

And speaking of customers…

8. People who pay me always have the right to tell me what to do.

Get over your cocky, pretentious, I-must-be-free-to-express-my-individuality self. Be that way on your own time.

The people who pay you, whether customers or employers, earn the right to dictate what you do and how you do it–sometimes down to the last detail.

Instead of complaining, work to align what you like to do with what the people who pay you want you to do.

Then you turn issues like control and micro-management into non-issues.

9. The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland.

Everyone says they go the extra mile. Almost no one actually does. Most people who go there think, “Wait… no one else is here… why am I doing this?” and leave, never to return.

That’s why the extra mile is such a lonely place.

That’s also why the extra mile is a place filled with opportunities.

Be early. Stay late. Make the extra phone call. Send the extra email. Do the extra research. Help a customer unload or unpack a shipment. Don’t wait to be asked; offer. Don’t just tell employees what to do–show them what to do and work beside them.

Every time you do something, think of one extra thing you can do–especially if other people aren’t doing that one thing. Sure, it’s hard.

But that’s what will make you different.

And over time, that’s what will make you incredibly successful.


Traceability in Oil and gas Production: why it matters!

Traceability will become critical for oil and gas industry as production shifts to unconventional sources
As various industries have come under increasing pressure from consumers to provide assurance that their processes are environmentally sustainable, businesses have been prompted to develop mechanisms for tracing products and their component parts back to manufacturers and suppliers. The evolution of this capability has been reshaping public opinion on the extent of corporate accountability and the need for transparency.
Recently, on Enterprise Labelling, we discussed how maintaining intra-industry label compliance will be critical for corporate efforts to establish supplier responsibility standards. Today, we examine how changes in modern oil and gas production will make traceability a major factor in labelling trends and overall supply chain management in the industry.
Oil and gas producers have faced growing public criticism in recent years, due to environmental disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. However, the main force driving the rising importance of traceability for oil and gas is the increasing production of fuel from “unconventional” sources such as tar sands and shale gas. Extracting and refining fuel from these sources can be far more environmentally damaging than traditional drilling.
Retailers including Walgreens, Timberland and Bed Bath and Beyond have pledged to avoid using fuel derived from oil sands and organizations such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund have mounted campaigns highlighting the environmental impact of unconventional fuel production.
The changing regulatory environment is another factor prompting oil and gas producers to embrace the value of traceability. Businesses fear being caught unprepared if unconventional production assets suddenly begin to lose market value due to increased regulatory burdens or shifting public opinion.
Companies that take action to become leaders in label traceability before it becomes a major force in the market may stand at a significant competitive advantage if current labeling trends continue in the oil and gas industry.

Does Money really motivate sales people

Ted Coin is a person I personally respect and he was a well respected CEO, and now he adds to Vrooms theory of Motivation which we shall look into very soon, let’s us see excerpts from his blog

In his book Drive, The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, as in the must see-video below, author Dan Pink doesn’t address the time-honored doctrine of the money-motivated sales hero.

That doctrine goes thus: Sure, maybe the rest of us would prefer to work for its own sake as long as it’s stimulating and we’re paying the bills, but what about sales heroes, those rain-makers whose very success is gaged solely by the size of their paycheck, the car they drive, the price of their suits; the lavish vacations their company rewards them with?

I myself have held firmly to this relic of 20th-Century motivation. But I’ve hoped for someone to show me a better way than my antiquated notion of “The sales-pro exception.” So I emailed Dan for clarity.

Dan delivered, and now I’m an even bigger fan. He wrote,

“First, read this column from the Sunday Telegraph.

“Follow it up with some research coming out challenging other orthodoxies. Here, for instance, is some work just out of Stanford.”

Quite humbly, Dan finished his reply with this:

“So there’s no universal answer, but part of me suspects that salespeople aren’t all that different from the rest of us.”

Dan Pink’s phenomenal work is a key component of how business will be done better in this exciting new century. Read it. Watch it. Absorb it. Most importantly, act on it!