it is inevitable that throughout the course of our lives, we will find ourselves in situations that potentially started out small, but through poor decision making, ends up becoming a much bigger issue. In essence – we basically dig ourselves into a hole.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you have heard of the term “outsourcing” or some variation thereof (e.g. near sourcing, co-sourcing, off-shoring, etc.). Fundamentally, they all mean the same thing – basically, it’s “viewed as involving the contracting out of a business function – commonly one performed in house – to an external provider”.
Outsourcing, when used correctly, can yield tremendous benefits – some financial and sometimes more importantly, some intangible benefits, such as peace of mind.
I received a call from a friend the other day seeking some guidance. He’s newly unemployed and we were discussing his options. He said, “I’ve never really been in this position before… not sure if I should start something on my own or if I should go back and take up a new job?” In the midst of the conversation, my mind froze! There it was! The infamous grammatical conjunction that stops us in our proverbial tracks almost every time we use it. Can you guess which word I’m referring to? It’s the word, “OR”. Don’t get me wrong… the word ‘or’ can be critical at times when faced with the difficult decision of choosing between the lesser of two evils. For example, would you like to be audited by the IRS or spend a week with your mother-in-law? Depending on your circumstances… the IRS may not seem so bad! Continue reading “Conjunction Junction – What’s your function?”