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  1. 1. This continual manifesto is an articulation of statements exemplifying the author’s beliefs, strategies and motivations based on personal life and business experiences along with doses of common sense by James D. Roumeliotis 12/2014 A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought
  2. 2. Keep Things Simple Matters should be kept simple - avoiding complications where unnecessary. As Leonardo Da Vinci’s quote states: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  3. 3. Differentiate Yourself Be unique and remarkable in what you do by differentiating oneself from the mainstream. In today’s crowded and competitive world, we need that extra something that sets-us apart. Be distinctive, daring and acquire a competitive edge. After all, it’s a “dog- eat-dog” environment and survival of the fittest. No matter what you do, you don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  4. 4. Make Decisions in a Timely Manner As a general rule of decision making, more time does not create better decisions. In fact, it usually decreases the quality of the decision. More information may help but more time without more information just creates anxiety, not insight. Deciding now frees up your most valuable asset, time. Make every decision as soon as you have a reasonable amount of data, otherwise, you end-up falling into the procrastination mode. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  5. 5. Least Expensive ≠ Value VALUE does not mean the lowest price but rather the GREATEST RETURN for the time and money invested. Avoid using the term “cheap” which denotes inferior - instead, replace it with “inexpensive”. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  6. 6. Real Estate Prices Are Arbitrary In REAL ESTATE every PRICE IS ULTIMATELY ARBITRARY – the seller decides what it will be, then adjusts it until someone buys. There are a few basic ways to estimate what someone else will pay: estimating replacement cost, looking what other people in the market are paying, calculating the value of a series of payments, or figuring out how much subjective value the offer has to the other party. Think of selling a house, how much should you ask for it? You could (1) figure out how much it would cost to re-purchase the land and re-build the same house now, (2) see what similar houses in the area have recently sold for, (3) estimate how much you could rent the house for, then discount that series of cash flows to the present, or (4) sell against a particularly appealing characteristic of the house that makes it even more valuable to particular buyers. (Example: a market-priced $200,000 house can easily sell for $2 million or more if it was previously owned by a famous celebrity). No matter what strategy is used, it’s ultimately the seller’s responsibility to assign a price and convince the purchaser that it’s worth even more. Selling is mostly a psychological process of convincing yourself it’s worth that much so you can then convince prospective buyers. In that way, every price is fundamentally arbitrary. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  7. 7. Education is Perpetual Education is not a one-time event but rather an on-going process. We never stop learning. We develop oneself continuously especially with the world constantly changing. As a parent, if you don’t educate your child to the best of your ability, you have failed in your fundamental responsibility. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  8. 8. Life is a Do-it-Yourself Project Life is a “do-it-yourself” project. Be proactive and responsible for your destiny. No one will do for you what’s necessary to succeed/progress. No one owes you anything. Each and every single one of us (especially without any physical handicaps) is capable and should be responsible for self- development and his/her outcome. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  9. 9. Avoid Dealing With Flakes and Negative People To put it mildly, avoid dealing with the following characters who will aggravate you: -Naysayers -Unreliable and constantly late -Bad characters (notably psychopaths) -Lack loyalty -Disrespectful -Constantly nagging -Chronic liars -Hang-out with bad company -Greedy & selfish A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis | 2014
  10. 10. Handle Rejection Graciously When you’re turned down don’t take it personally and portray anger. Instead be gracious and thank the person for taking you into consideration in the first place. This attitude will make you more likely to be invited back/re-considered in the future. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis | 2014
  11. 11. Be Wary of Charismatic Swindlers Be wise and cautious not to get drawn-in by certain charismatic, highly persuasive people who have one goal in mind – to steal your valuable time and take advantage of your talent/expertise, stellar reputation and money for their own personal gain. They can even get you into trouble. If a scheme sounds too good to be true, it definitely is. Be careful who you trust. Conduct your due diligence before you commit. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  12. 12. Your Appearance & Image Grooming and clothing are the packaging of your total image. The way you dress and groom says a great deal about you – whether you’re doing so out of necessity or doing it with flair, one can usually distinguish the difference. Watching your appearance also makes you feel good about yourself. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  13. 13. Perfection vs. Humility A perfect human being doesn’t exist – although some will go out of their way to prove they are (short lived). In an ideal world, a perfect person would be boring. Perfection is intimidating; humility is comforting. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  14. 14. Doing a Good Job – With Meaning Unfortunately, most people work hard merely to retain their job, rather than enjoy what they do. This is reflected in their results. Those employees are surely leading a meaningless life who look forward to nothing more than their scheduled pay cheques. Don’t fall into that trap. Find work you are proud to perform with passion and look forward to wake-up to each and every (workday) morning. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis | 2014
  15. 15. Intellectual Intelligence (IQ) vs. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Seems many people who are academically gifted also happen to be socially inept. What they are missing is emotional intelligence. Today, success in the “new normal” is far more relational than it is intellectual. That said, when it comes to human interaction, what will make a difference is our emotional intelligence rather than our intellectual intelligence. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  16. 16. Experience Gained from Living Abroad Young single people are encouraged to either study or live/work in a foreign country for at least 2 years and/or work on a cruise ship for a year. This opportunity allows the person to live outside his/her comfort zone/box and to discover how other nationalities and cultures live. They will appreciate the experience, gain knowledge about cultural diversity and perhaps pick-up a new language. In addition, they will learn to see things from a different perspective. “Live abroad and you become a more creative person.” So say two academics, whose research found that business- school students with experience of foreign living had better problem-solving skills and were more creative negotiators than the stay-at-homes. These findings don’t surprise me by any means. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  17. 17. Intimate Relationship Challenges An INTIMATE/PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP is one of life’s great physiological pleasures and one of the world’s universal preoccupations - but not without its challenges and occasional stress. It requires continuous nurturing and strong will from both sides to make it consistently work. Neither party can ever be taken for granted. Marriage relationships take on the tasks of commitment, obligation and expectation; all of which are in addition to the emotional aspects of the relationship itself. It's no wonder that at least fifty percent of marriages eventually break-up. Men and women simply do not have the same mindset, therefore, both need to come to terms with a mutually agreed accord. For some, it requires the involvement of a neutral third party such as a counselor. The irony here is that in the beginning of a relationship, both sides behave much differently which includes acceptance of almost any flaws and compromise from each other. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  18. 18. Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. Antoine de Saint-Exupery French writer (1900 - 1944) About Intimate/Personal Relationships…continued A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  19. 19. Transparency = Honesty & Accountability Transparency benefits all those involved. It implies openness, communication and accountability. Companies, particularly public ones, are required to be transparent more than ever before. It’s about trust and says a lot about a company’s reputation along with Its leadership team. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  20. 20. Corruption & Favoritism Corruption and Favoritism, amongst its many negative outcomes, hinders growth, spurs inequality and erodes macroeconomic and fiscal stability in countries where it’s prominent. World map of the Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures "the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians". Blue colors indicate little corruption, red colors indicate much corruption A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  21. 21. Negotiations Business and personal transactions or disputes should benefit all parties. In negotiations, all participants can profit from it in one way or the other (“WIN-WIN”). A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  22. 22. Definition of Luxury Has Been Misused Over the years, the word “luxury” Has been overused and often ambiguous. There no longer seems to be one standard definition to help determine what is or is not luxury. No longer can something be considered luxury just based on cost. In my opinion, there are 3 genuine luxury “maison de luxe” brands - Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  23. 23. Luxury vs. Premium Luxury is self expression, an exceptional experience and a feeling of sense of emotion. There is also a difference between a “luxury” and a ‘premium” product but they can be both – as in a tailored made fine wool suit for example. Luxury product pricing is related to scarcity, brand and storytelling. Premium goods, on the other hand, are expensive variants of commodity goods – pay more, get more. Plenty of brands get in trouble because they can’t figure-out which one they represent. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  24. 24. Conspicuous Consumption Conspicuous consumption (buying things one really doesn’t need) nowadays appears to be out of vogue. It’s frowned upon with disgust and could be viewed as obnoxious flaunting. The “nouveau riche” are infamous for this type of activity. Needless to say, in recent years conspicuous consumption is thought to be a contributor to personal bankruptcies resulting from abuse and mismanagement of credit to finance an excessive lifestyle. The sophisticated affluent currently eschew conspicuous consumption in favor of charity. Ostentatious parsimony is the new conspicuous consumption. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  25. 25. Etiquette & Respect Etiquette, which forms a part of human interaction skills, is a strong indication of a refined person and proper upbringing. It should be applied in everyday life in a civilized society. In addition, Respect is esteem of a person, a personal quality and ability to demonstrate it to others through deeds. "There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.“ ~ Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) American Educator A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  26. 26. Starting a Business is… …the School of Hard Knocks This is the college of the streets. When you have to eat what you kill, you learn extremely fast. Starting a business is one of the most challenging, yet most fulfilling things you could ever do. Many college graduates come equipped with theory but lack critical thinking and application. Amongst other things, entrepreneurship forces you to exercise your cleverness and judgement on a daily basis. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  27. 27. Business Success To succeed in business, or in a profession, one should adhere to certain immutable principles -- but most importantly, a burning desire, the right offer, target market, along with determination fueled by a strong dose of passion for the business. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  28. 28. Beauty, Design & Creativity BEAUTY and DESIGN in all things is artistic, engaging, stimulating and creates a sense of comfort. It’s also a very personal thing. CREATIVITY is beauty in art form. It starts from nothing, utilizes mind exploitation, imagination then something awe inspiring is produced which stimulates the mind and senses. The approach to creativity is the way an artist might stand before a new canvas, on which a beautiful painting can be crafted. Staff who work in a creative environment should be given plenty of leeway to utilize their full potential – the freedom to flourish. Not doing so limits their artistic talent and deprives the company from taking a leap at the competition. Apple has successfully unleashed the talent from their product engineers by creating a non- stifling work environment. As for architects and industrial designers, they should definitely possess the talent and imagination to create and turn extraordinary drawings into reality. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  29. 29. Innovation INNOVATION is what a business should be carrying-out as often as it’s required for its existence. It is widely described as: “Leading to significant organizational improvements in terms of improved or new business products, services, or internal processes.” It involves acting on creative ideas to make some specific and tangible difference in the domain in which the innovation occurs. The old adage that goes something along the lines of “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” is a paradigm which doesn’t sit well with forward thinking companies that thrive on innovation. Nothing wrong with change if done to enhance or replace the status quo. It’s part of progress. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  30. 30. Advertising Impact Ads and Commercials should not only attract attention but be memorable. Visually distinctive campaigns and brand features enhance customer recall and positively influence intent to purchase. Your ad campaigns should be built-in Public Relations campaigns. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  31. 31. PR & PR Gain tremendous exposure and build integrity utilizing the influence of PUBLIC RELATIONS and PRESS RELEASES. They are undoubtedly your best sources of free advertising. Public Relations can be used to build rapport with employees, customers, investors, voters or the general public. It is perceived as credible compared to paid ads and can become “viral” (spread like a disease) if set-up strategically through the Internet/social media. This includes professionally produced videos which are becoming broadly appealing particularly if they are newsworthy. If celebrities hire Publicists, why shouldn’t a company, with the budget, hire a PR firm? Media training in larger companies is highly recommended especially if they are often exposed in the media. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  32. 32. Website Design & Functionality Research has proven that website visitors are directly affected by the visual aspects of a Website. Your Website is the first impression viewers’ get of you, your services or your products. If that impression isn’t good, then your Website isn’t effective and probably not earning money for you. In the case of social networking the same applies to your profile and blog. Think about this – if you walked into a grocery store and it was filthy, with dust all over the place and hand - written signs everywhere – you would probably think twice before purchasing from that store. The most important key elements for a successful website are: An attractive and professional appearance - Content with style and substance (“less is more”), Functionality - Ease of use/navigation - Engaging with the visitors with plenty of interactivity to keep them there as long as possible, to encourage comments/views through blogs, create word of mouth and an element of loyalty. In addition, it should be frequently updated and be Search Engine Optimized (SEO) by professionals so it can have high rankings on search engine results. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  33. 33. Stellar Customer Service Much is touted by companies about CUSTOMER SERVICE but surprisingly only a few actually deliver on their promises. At the outset, it appears that many lack a vital customer relations policy. Inadequate staff training amongst other factors further aggravates the problem. Picking up the telephone and calling certain companies, for example, can sometimes lead to an exasperating experience. People love to hate the phone tree experience where you have to go through a maze of menus until you eventually get to speak to a human – assuming you’re lucky. It shouldn’t have to be that way. How a customer is dealt with is a reflection of the brand - the image of the company in the mind. Dealing with a company’s customer service center should be an efficient and pleasant experience. Companies should place toll-free numbers in visible and large type on their labels. Calls should be answered on the first or second ring and no phone tree. The trained person who handles the calls should be congenial, apologetic and non-argumentative. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  34. 34. Niche Market Player A business which focuses on a niche is effective and efficient at working closely with customers to build and maintain long term relationships by innovating and challenging the existing norms in the industry, thus adding value to the project, program, and organizational level. If one is considered an expert in what one does by focusing in one area, then great success shall follow. Your value proposition must be relevant to your target market. This means your target market must be clearly defined. Focusing on your specific market requires knowing it inside and out. This includes conducting a market analysis, stating a precise target market description and goal, as well as being clear about the type of relationship you would like to achieve with your market. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  35. 35. Exceptional Sales Results Exceptional sales results are derived first and foremost by having a viable plan, followed by its vigorous execution and constant adjustments according to market conditions. Consider a sales force that behaves more like “consultative agents” instead of aggressive peddlers. Along with the thorough knowledge of the company’s products/services, the charismatic, enthusiastic, motivated and competent sales force should be constantly trained, developed and coached – along with all the necessary tools at their possession for added competitiveness. Sales people should be client centered. That is, focus on needs/wants and fulfill them with specific products/services – solutions. This is how trust will be earned. Clients don’t like being sold to - they prefer to buy (push vs. pull). Businesses ought to know their ideal customer/target market, the competition and how they can be approached most effectively. The sales force should not have to resort to the daily grind of making cold calls. Instead, they can be provided with techniques and tools to make better use of their prospecting time. In the end, more of their valuable time can be spent in the field in front of prospective clients rather than working on the law of averages in search of appointments. Better still; the lead generation activity can be outsourced to a company specializing in those services. Marketing should collaborate closely with Sales with a mutual goal. A simple to use yet comprehensive CRM system can be in place and its data constantly monitored by management focusing on activities and results. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  36. 36. Leaders vs. Managers LEADERS and MANAGERS don’t fall under the same category. They have different tasks and competencies. For one, leaders have followers and are compelling individuals, whereas managers have employees and are great supervisors. In contrast, leaders possess high emotional intelligence, engage their workforce and focus on strategic planning, whereas managers motivate employees to perform, as well as follow/implement orders from their superiors. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  37. 37. Women in Executive | Professional Roles For the last 40 years or so, women have come a long way. We are witnessing more of them stepping aboard C-suites at remarkable brands or excelling at their on business and professions. Jack Nicholson famously stated, “These days, women are better hung then the men.” With the exception of several unnamed countries, and societies which deprive girls for what we take for granted, including basic education, may progress always prevail in both genders. Cheers to that! A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  38. 38. Compulsive Habits and Vices If you are disciplined and respect your health – regardless of any peer pressure, stress or depression, you will abstain from smoking, taking drugs, consuming alcohol and gambling. Even medication abuse should not ever be contemplated. One can experience enjoyment and bypass distressing moments without the influence of any of the abovementioned. No need to elaborate on the “why.” A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  39. 39. Questioning Authorities Many people are afraid to shake the establishment in fear of any retributions. Authorities include, big corporations and their moguls, government and their politicians – most notably, fat cats that benefit the wealthy at the expense of the working class and powerless. However, united we stand, divided we fall as people. The more you can unite to fight a legitimate cause, the easier it gets to be heard and succeed. Incidentally, injustice causes rift amongst people and institutions. Ever heard of the term, “freedom fighter?” A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  40. 40. Passionate Profession It’s essential that you are able to marry your work and what you love. This passion will ignite the minds of your potential clients and connections. Your business or profession has to be a reflection of what you are already willing to pour countless hours into. Your passion and enthusiasm for the work you’re performing has to connect to your desires which is ultimately what will make you successful. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  41. 41. Dealing with Difficult People Dealing with difficult people requires adequate human relations skills, patience, empathy, persistency and anger/emotional control. It’s an exhausting and daunting task. For these reasons alone, many people simply try to avoid the arrogant, narcissist, control freak, the unyielding, the abrupt, the serial negative type and the obnoxious just to name a few. If you have to frequently cope with any such characters, or a combination thereof, don’t expect them to change. Simply change your game plan to get a different result. Try disarming people with kindness and allowing them to feel important. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  42. 42. Self Esteem & Self Confidence Self esteem & confidence offer happiness and a better life. Self esteem increases your confidence. If you have confidence you will respect yourself and then you can respect others, improve your relationships and become happier. Low esteem, on the other hand, causes depression, unhappiness, insecurity and low confidence. Constant negative circumstances can also cause a person with a weak character to lose his/her self esteem and self confidence. Working to build your self esteem and confidence building measures takes time. It requires discipline, motivation, a positive attitude, as well as support and coaching from either a professional counselor or someone who cares enough and is willing to listen. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  43. 43. Complacency Complacency is a comfort zone which yields marginal performance. It can cause deficiencies, stifle growth and progress. This syndrome should be replaced with drive and consistent improvement. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  44. 44. The Anathema of Bureaucracy According to Wikipedia, “BUREAUCRACY” is succinctly defined as “The collective organizational structure, procedures, protocols and set of regulations in place to manage activity, usually in large organizations and government.” In other words, it’s a frustrating, rigid, process driven, and a snail paced institution. This shouldn’t exist in democratic countries and ought to be controlled by developing nations if they are to effortlessly succeed. Not doing so, bureaucracy will become increasingly self- serving, complacent and breed corruption, rather than properly serve society as its intention. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  45. 45. Nepotism NEPOTISM - promoting family members over other qualified employees often leads to resentment or, worse, prompts valuable non-family employees to leave the company. Likewise, doing business or working with/for relatives is not highly recommended since doing so, risks upsetting your family relationship/ties as a result of intense disagreements. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  46. 46. Hiring Criteria Don’t simply hire well educated and experienced people but most importantly motivated, dedicated, coachable and with interpersonal skills. Moreover, make certain that the people you hire fit-in with your corporate culture. Your organization should also foster an atmosphere of innovation and creativity through leadership. These conditions can’t help but breed success. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  47. 47. When Job/Career Hunting A JOB SEARCH ought to be a full time task if one expects to obtain prompt results. More than that, a career seeking candidate should think outside the norm and be exceedingly creative. Distinguish yourself from other candidates and market yourself as a business professional. Think of yourself as a candidate who’s running for elections and make a lasting first impression. It takes self branding, merely a 2 page CV/Resume with substance and relevance to what you’re looking for, not relying solely on advertised jobs and being fully prepared for the interviews. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  48. 48. E-mail Message Response Time E-MAIL ETIQUETTE – Akin to the act of returning phone messages in a timely manner, a good rule of thumb should be that an e-mail RESPONSE, especially to someone you know, should be replied within 24-48 hours. Barring unusual circumstances, with today’s high tech communications and portable gadgets, not responding within a reasonable time demonstrates a lack of courtesy and makes a silent derogatory statement about the receiver’s character including “arrogant” and/or “ignorant”. As for SENDING e- mails, don’t be a Spammer. BE PERSONAL if you want the receiver/reader to take it seriously. Therefore, don't send the same e-mail to large numbers of people. If you have more than a few people to contact don’t be tempted to copy and paste or mail merge. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  49. 49. Religion & Politics Avoid discussing topics of religion and politics with strangers and clients. If you’re brought into such conversations, play it neutral to avoid alienating the other person. In addition, no state should unite with religion if the former is to remain “secular.” A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  50. 50. Character vs. Reputation Reputation is what people say/think about you, it’s your personal brand and should be well preserved – assuming that’s important to you. Character is what you really are. It is said that character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it while the tree is the real thing. Always deliver on what you promise and if you look after your character your reputation will look after itself. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  51. 51. The MBA Degree Illusion Those who possess an MBA degree have no guarantee of success in a field of endeavor. Real experience trumps credentials every time. Management is a practice, not a science. The young graduates with little or no practical work/business experience and inadequate street smarts are often misled to believe that they can become great business saviors soon after they obtain their post graduate degrees. They may be good at analysis and given a dose of confidence, however, it doesn’t necessarily make them good managers/leaders. For a third party analysis and critique on this issue, from a management guru, you are encouraged to refer to his book, “Managers, Not MBAs.” A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  52. 52. Agreements Always in Writing Avoid accepting verbal agreements for any business transaction. Make sure the WRITTEN AGREEMENTS are binding preferably with a signed witness. Same goes if you decide to lend money to a FRIEND or a RELATIVE (which should be avoided, if at all possible, as it can cause disputes and misunderstandings, as well as sever relationships/ties). A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  53. 53. Unique Selling Proposition (USP) Every business and professional must have one to differentiate amongst the crowds and stand for something unique. Your USP should be comprised of the company personality, image, core competencies and characteristics. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  54. 54. Hypocrisy HYPOCRISY is unfortunately all around us. However, it must be said that politicians are the masters of it. Political hypocrisy is when a politician draws a veil over the political realities of a policy in order to deceive the public. Having had the privilege to personally speak candidly off–the-record with several diplomats, while residing overseas, I have come to the conclusion that plenty of what is said by them and others involved in the diplomatic world, is a farce and does not always reflect their own personal beliefs. That shouldn’t be surprising. Nevertheless, give them credit for their ability to eloquently deceive/manipulate the media and others with a straight face. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  55. 55. Persistence, Perseverance & Tenacity All these are common traits with every successful person along with working efficiently. Try/possess them and you will see how well they work together which eventually bring about the results you seek. LUCK, on the other hand, can be an ally. It’s described as preparation meeting opportunity. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  56. 56. Seizing Opportunity You can’t seize opportunity without (calculated) risk. One should tread beyond his/her comfort zone if to succeed. If you don't take risks you’ll never accomplish most of your goals and never know if your dreams could have come true. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  57. 57. In Closing – Your Health Life’s a great journey Nothing stated in this manifesto will ultimately have any meaning if one neglects his/her state of health. Eat well, exercise thrice weekly, control stress, go for annual physical examinations and occasionally treat yourself to life’s pleasures. A DIFFERENT ANGLE: Food for Thought | James D. Roumeliotis |
  58. 58. “People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  59. 59. James D. Roumeliotis author, lecturer, speaker & entrepreneurial practitioner/adviser I very much enjoyed creating this to share with you my strong beliefs via my personal lens view. For my profile/background, kindly visit: http://about.me/jdroumeliotis My blog: www.unconventionalbusinesswisdom.org Twitter: @jdroumeliotis I encourage you to send me your questions and thoughts at: jdrazure@gmail.com December 2014

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