Business is no different than two gladiators fighting.
Business is not polite.
Like any sport or competition, there is a winner and a loser.
What separates the winners from the losers, is strategy and an edge.
Do you have an edge?
Do you have business strategy?
This is the best quote I’ve heard in a long time.
I have a friend that is really struggling with his position in life. I have watched him struggle with his fears and, unfortunately, he has become half the person he could be. The barrier isn’t other people. The barrier isn’t his job. He is not sick or physically impaired. Quite the opposite. It all comes down to what he believes.
Every morning he wakes with the idea that everyone is judging him. Yet the reality is that no one is judging him and if they are, so what. This person lives every day in fear and dismay because he has the wrong beliefs. If he could change what he believes, his life could change.
Your beliefs provide a map for your life. If you want to have different life, change what you believe about yourself. Build a plan and execute that plan.
“We live who we believe we are” – Tony Robbins
Believe in yourself.
Everything has a point where change happens. Water boils at 212 degrees, not 211. Most of us want something in our lives to change. Finding a way to make that change is our 212 degrees. How do you find that tipping point? I believe it’s easier than we think. We think too much and don’t take enough action. We must identify the “finish line” or the change and then look back to where we are today.
Here’s an example. Want to have $1,000,000 in the bank in 30 years? Then you need to save $91.32 a day.
When you break things down to their smallest denominator, anything can seem possible. Anything is achievable.
Find the “boiling point” and you will find the change.
Do we ask our employees to collect dots or to connect dots?
Recently I heard Seth Godin speak to an education conference about how education is taught and what it is for. He said something that I thought was pretty significant, “Do we teach them to collect dots or to connect dots?”.
As an employer I asked myself the same question. Is what I’m asking my employees to do collecting or connecting? The ideal is connecting the dots whereas collecting the dots causes us to become stagnant and not grow as a company.
Of course, connecting the dots is what I want our company to be. But how does it apply specifically to my company and my employees? What kind of environment does it take to encourage people to be dot connectors? And for you guys, what does connecting dots mean to your company? What does that even look like? Each company is different. Each company has to dig deep to see how we can encourage employees to be connectors instead of collectors. So I came up with the following exercise to encourage people to connect those dots:
1) Designate 30 minutes each day on areas of interest pertaining to the business. It may be on efficiencies in production/management or product placement in the marketplace. Whatever it is, set aside time to better understand something that doesn’t presently exists in the business. Work on an issue that could take the business to the next level and could be beneficial to the growth of the company.
2) Create an award system for new, innovative ideas that are implemented in the business.
3) Restructure your business processes to encourage a better outcome. Seth Godin suggests this is how we teach kids in school. For example, instead of having kids hearing a lecture all through the day and going home and doing homework; instead have the kids listen to lectures after school and then during the day doing discussions, practice problems, and hands-on learning activities about those lectures.
Encouraging business innovation in your company will separate you from the competition. Accepting the idea of “but that’s how it’s always been done” and continuing to grow mediocrity within your company will eventually end your business. Keep that from happening and innovate a way to connect dots.