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Give Advice That Fits

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on September 24, 2008

Small business owners often take advice from well-informed, experienced people. After all, they can be quite compelling, as they seem to know better or to know more. When following such advice backfires, you can find yourself second-guessing your decision to listen in the first place. So when the stakes are high, it’s critical to balance others’ expertise against your own intuition.

Give yourself permission to reject expertise—no matter how remarkable its pedigree—that doesn’t pass that test. By checking advice for a good fit, and acting accordingly, your integrity remains intact.

David Peck
Leadership Unleashed
Palm Springs, Calif.

Reader Comments

Tom Mulhall

September 25, 2008 4:39 PM

Food advice from a fellow Palm Springs leader. I am a past president of the Palm Springs chamber of commerce.

When we opened our clothing optional resort, The Terra Cotta Inn of Palm Springs, California 13 years ago, so called nudist "experts," and Palm Springs local hotel "experts" told us to concentrate our marketing efforts to attract local local Southern Californians. We were told no one ever flies to Palm Springs to stay at a smaller resort.

Our intuition told us to ignore the experts advice since we ourselves were moving from Chicago to start our boutique nudist resort and loved Palm Springs.

And we were right to ignore them as we are one of the few clothing optional resorts in America that caters to vacationers from around the world. Because we ignored their advice, we have one of the highest occupancy rates of ALL hotels in Palm Springs.

Always take experts advice with a grain of salt.

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