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  • Cameron Finlay

FCN Report for Thursday 13th April

There are no numbers to report today as there was only 50% attendance (genuine excuses, at least no one called and said they were too hungover). We’ll save the numbers for the next meeting, the 20th of April when hopefully everyone can be there.

Chris suggests we look soon at a visitor day with an interesting speaker. If everyone brings a visitor, we have 30 people. What’s a topic of interest to 30 people in business on the Gold Coast? Who could deliver a talk for 30 minutes and hold everyone’s interest?

Monday Emails

Every Monday morning, a number of days emails are waiting. Some emails are important, with customer information, or use in other ways, so they will be read. Then, out comes the aggression and delete the others, no matter what.

Wait, what about the ones in between, could or should be read? There is always a pile to get through (over Easter there were over 360 in Junk, about 50 a day in the Inbox).

I begrudge the time to sort through cute kittens, things others want to sell to me because they know I need one (I have no idea who they are anyway so why would I deal with them?) Far Side Cartoons, scams, etc. The delete key is especially attractive Monday mornings. However, I admit that I always read Far Side and Calvin & Hobbes!

PS: that’s why we never publish for Mondays, people don’t have time to look at what’s provided in emails, we respect their time, and using Delete is a great solution to an annoying trend.

New Decisions/New Information

More than ever, we’re pushed to have certainty, meaning strong opinions, with those based firmly on beliefs and understanding.

Then reality intervenes, which can be quite stressful. Are we wrong in our view? That’s not an easy thing to say. It can mean more stress and staying with what’s comfortable (and wrong). This is similar to Sunk Costs of business projects; it won’t work, don’t throw more money at the project, the decision to proceed was wrong and is unlikely to (ever) change for the better.

Consider renaming the moment. Make a ‘new decision based on new information’, rather than simply saying ‘I was wrong’ (also useful if you need to win an argument). John M Keynes in 1930 said ‘When the facts change, I change my mind.’

That’s not weakness, wishy-washy, or even embarrassing. It’s practical, resilient, and generous.

Next Meeting

To our active members, see you on 20 April! Please set the time aside for FCN, and bring along your referrals and closed business since 23 March.

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