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Welcome to the Machine

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An important lesson in a very brief post. There’s a story in the Toronto Sun this morning about how Hockey Canada’s official French web site is full of translation errors. The blame is being placed on the fact that the site was sub-contracted out. Reading between the lines, and having been down the French translation road a few times myself, I know that there’s a temptation to use software to do the translation or to employ a non-native speaker. Continue reading

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It’s Not About You

There were a lot of great messages that came out of yesterday.  I’ll skip the overtly political ones in favor of a great business lesson of which I was reminded.

As President Obama was speaking to the luncheon after his inauguration, he said to a room filled with enormous egos (hey – why would you think you ought to be elected without one?) that “today is not about me.”  Really?  Who, then?  But you know what he means – it’s about the people.

That’s the business lesson.  It’s not about you.  It’s about your customers, your clients, your partners.  That has to be your focus 24/7 if you’re going to have, and to continue to have, success.

One of the reasons I’m a big fan of Italian food is that it’s an entire cuisine devoted to getting out of the way of the food.  Get great ingredients, put them together, and get out of the way.  French food, on the other hand, seems to be all about the chef.  It’s way to egocentric for my palate.

Is your business about you?  Are you so focused on yourself and your skills (techniques to a chef!) that you’re in the way of great results?

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