Setting a Pitiful Example: Twenty-six Warnings to Heed *

Written by Etienne A. Gibbs, MSW

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13. Don't make me feel that my mistakes are sins. I have to learn to make mistakes without feeling that I am no good.

14. Don't nag. When you do, I shall have to protect myself by appearing deaf.

15. Don't demand explanations for my wrong behavior. I really don't know why I did it.

16. Don't tax my honesty too much. I am easily frightened into telling lies.

17. Don't forget that I love and use experimenting. I learn from it; so put up with it.

18. Don't take too much notice of my small ailments. I may learn to enjoy poor health when it gets me much attention.

19. Don't protect me from consequences. I need your guidance to learn from my experiences.

20. Don't put me off when I ask honest questions. When you continue to do so, you'll find that I'll stop asking and start seeking my information elsewhere.

21. Don't answer my "silly" or meaningless questions. I just want you to keep busy with me.

22. Don't ever think that it is beneath your dignity to apologize to me. An honest apology makes me feel surprisingly warm toward you.

23. Don't ever suggest that you are perfect or infallible. It gives me too much to live up to.

24. Don't worry aboutrepparttar little amount of time we spend together. It is HOW we spend it that counts.

25. Don't let my fears arouse your anxiety; then I shall be afraid. Show me courage instead.

26. Don't forget that I can't thrive without lots of understanding and encouragement. But I don't need to tell you that, do I?

Treat me withrepparttar 119490 respect you treat your friends, then I'll be your respectful friend, too. I learn more from a model than from a critic.

Remember: When we maximize our potential, everyone wins. When we don't, we all lose.

* Adapted from "Memorandum from Your Child", author anonymous.

Etienne A. Gibbs, MSW

Etienne A. Gibbs, MSW, Management Consultant and Trainer, maintains several online businesses. Take a free health survey at and get travel and related updates at Email him at

The Case of the Vanishing Technology

Written by Mike Hayden

Continued from page 1

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PVT can help you build your business to surviverepparttar hard times! (But, it is best to act before your company becomes a "sinking ship.")

If you're enduring uncontrolled growth, you can use PVT to gain balance. PVT helps you accelerate product development. You can inspire new action in project management...

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============================================================ Why Vanishing Technology happens repeatedly... ============================================================

I'm sure you recognize thatrepparttar 119490 problem of Vanishing Technology is not new. Imaginerepparttar 119491 frustration of watching companies sink like leaky ships. You point torepparttar 119492 leaks. But, their crews say,

"We have no time to patch leaks. We're too busy sailing forrepparttar 119493 gold."

When you suffer Vanishing Technology, your company is like that sinking ship. And you know you cannot sail a leaky ship...very far.

To develop a "seaworthy" business, you - or someone - must writerepparttar 119494 right stuff to help you build your business like a leak-proof hull.

Documenting your business isrepparttar 119495 work of "business development."

Yet, when business booms people say...

"We don't have time to write ... too many projects ... it is not a priority n0w... we'll get to it later... yada... yada... yada..."

But, have you noticed when there's a business bust, people have plenty of time to write CYA Memos and resumes? Bottom line: Nobody writesrepparttar 119496 documents vital to your business!

That's why you see Vanishing Technology happen repeatedly.

============================================================ What can you do? ============================================================

To prevent Vanishing Technology, you must develop your business to survive hard times.

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This means you - or someone - must write down your key business processes! This means you must work ON your business as you work IN your business. As they say, "Publish or perish!"

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============================================================ Summary ============================================================

Are you riskingrepparttar 119498 loss of your most valuable assets ... your people ...your business processes ...your intellectual property? The plain truth is most people hate to write documentation...And this leads directly to Vanishing Technology.

When you suffer Vanishing Technology, your company leaks like a sinking ship.

By applyingrepparttar 119499 business development techniques I call "Profitable Venture Tactics," you can protect yourself from Vanishing Technology and build your business like a leak-proof hull.

Documenting your business isrepparttar 119500 work of "business development." This means you must work ON your business as you work IN your business.

Don't let Vanishing Technology stuntrepparttar 119501 growth of your business!

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(c) 2004 Mike Hayden, All rights reserved. You may use material fromrepparttar 119502 Profitable Venture Tactics eZine in whole or in part, as long as you include complete attribution, including live website links and email link.

Mike Hayden is CEO / Founder of Senior Management Services and the Documentation Express in Silicon Valley, California. Mr Hayden is the author of "7 Easy Steps to your Raise and Promotion in 30-60 Days! The book that smart bosses want their employees to read." ISBN 0-9723725-1-2. More articles at

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