The Story of a War
Sometimes I think of problem solving as strategizing a war. Maybe it’s because I read The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Maybe it’s because my big, big brothers could win in any confrontation.
Usually I start out thinking I’ve lost. Then I rally, go on a quest, and conquer the enemy. Hey, it takes some thought to beat opponents who are bigger than you are.
Wendy, I Can’t
Thursday night my friend, Wendy Piersall. and I talked about the future over a glass of wine. I was explaining a place where I was finding myself . . . um, er . . . stuck. She said exactly what I needed to hear.
I artfully dodged her advice using the phrase, “I can’t, because . . . ” Hey, when you’re talented, you’re also talented at things like that.
Wendy: Blog what you do.
ME: It’s right-brain intuitive. I can’t.
Wendy: You? Liz Strauss? You can’t? You can blog anything.
ME: Don’t say that I’m arguing for my limitations.
Wendy: You knew I’d say that. You are doing it, you know.
The conversation stayed with me. It’s Sunday, and here I am telling you.
Ann, Help Me Test
Back to the story . . . She wasn’t buying my argument. Either I had to come up with a better argument or beat down that can’t. My brothers had taught me I never win arguments.
I was in the taxi headed home that night when I started to see the plan. I put the words together in a few hours. This is a quest. I called in Ann Michael last night and today to test my thinking on final tweaks before I went live with this post.
I am pleased to announce a new series. It will show you how to build a solid business strategy based on who you are. The series will offer down-to-earth methods and questions that bring business into focus. It’s time someone showed how to build a market view on concrete not sand. I’ll share models you can use to test decisions.
Tomorrow, the new series begins.
I call it
because it begins with your strengths, your ideas, your passion and builds on the customers who love what you do.
I’m jazzed. This is what makes my heart sing. This is what I’m good at. This is what the Perfect Virtual Manager does.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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