Tomorrow in the USA we’re celebrating Thanksgiving.  It’s a day to be thankful for all we have in our lives and the blessings the next few weeks will bring to our businesses.  in honor of Thanksgiving I thought we’d talk briefly about 12 things that make up a great business, help a leader become great or is part of the awesomeness of owning and running a business.  Of course, these are usually often challenges for us as well, so look for areas that you’ve got room for improvement on too.

Time-it takes time to make an idea successful

Humor-if you’re not running your business with a sense of humor you’ll get frustrated quickly

Action-without actions all you’ve got are great ideas

Network-whether you’re networking for clients or networking for connections, support is essential!

Knowledge-if you don’t know anything about your area of interest, hire someone who does!

Solution-if your product or service doesn’t solve anything or isn’t useful people won’t see it as a solution.

Goal-what’s your goal for 2014?

Integrity-do the right thing!  Your customers expect honesty and quality, do you match up?

Vision-what’s the purpose of your business and the bigger picture that you’re striving for?

Improve-there’s always room for improvement!

New-just about everything gets stale after a while, keep it fresh!

Generosity-personally and professionally your generosity speaks volumes about your character and commitment to the world.

As you head into what may be your busiest month all year I encourage you to share your thanks with your employees and clients.  They’ve helped you get where you are and where you’ll go and I don’t know about you but I truly feel blessed to work with each of them! And keep in mind this thought from Richard Branson:

“My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.'”

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