August 13, 2009
One of the great secrets to getting better results in your business is the difference between knowing something and doing something.
Very often when you read a business book, blog or article, you may say to yourself, “I know that already.” And, you probably do.
The question is not if you know it – but rather, are you doing it? Are you using the knowledge?
As we build our strategy for better business results we must USE all we know and apply it to where our business is and where we want to take it to.
Next time you read about a business strategy or process improvement and recognize it as conventional wisdom, take the next step and try to list the ways that you and your company are actually demonstrating it. You might be surprised what you find.
Are we doing this?
Are we consistent?
How can we do this better?
The key here is the “WE”. Very often we assume that since we know what to do, others in our organization also know – and it is not always true. The key is to share what you know with your team and to act on it – together.
Thanks for stopping by. Stay Tuned.
February 24, 2009
One of my favorite quotes is from entertainment icon Bob Hope.
The quote is simple:
“I’ve always been in the right place at the right time..of course I steered myself there.”
Whether you are looking for a new job, building a business, or looking for financing for the business you own, being in the right place can make all the difference. The right place can be a frame of mind, a networking event, or a new business opportunity. Steering yourself there starts when you open yourself up to new things, take sage advice when it is offered, leverage your personal relationships, and always extend a helping hand to others.
It has been so rewarding to be out in our community and see so many examples of Arizonans ‘steering themselves there‘. Friends, old and new, making introductions – offering advice – making time for others – and most of all creating new opportunities.
The photo in this blog (courtesy of www.wikipedia.org) shows a young Bob Hope in 1940. That’s right Hope in the Great Depression. Recently I have heard so many (from the President on down) compare our current economic times to that period in history. Yes, there are some similarities, but there are also many differences. In many ways we have contributed to steering ourselves into this mess. And we can steer our way out of it again. American ingenuity, innovation, our determination to overcome adversity, and our willingness to lend a hand have served us well in pulling through each historical downturn. There have been a number of booms and busts. Remember the S&L debacle and the Internet bubble bursting. I sure do! We recovered then, and we’ll recover now. So start steering yourself there. All it takes is a little Hope.