There are many important aspects to running a successful business today. But one practice, if done consistently, will almost guarantee that you will move ahead of your competition. “What is it,” you ask??
I personally first learned this idea when I was a cocky college kid. I had a professor say to us, “If you go out and read your electric meter every day you will save money on your electric bill.” Well… I thought he was crazy and I was determined to prove him wrong. But what happened shocked me and my room mate. As I read that meter everyday we found ourselves turning off lights quicker, not running the A/C as much - heck we even turned off the breaker box. We didn’t know that if you do that too many times you can break the breaker - ooops. But, at the end of the month our electric bill was $18!!! Are you kidding me??? All because we focused on how much electric we were using every hour of the day.
So… how does this ONE THING get applied to your business?
Most would agree that in the world of professional basketball Michael Jordan is the greatest player to have ever played the game. What amazes me is his magnificent talent. Not many people could retire from the NBA, begin playing baseball, come back to professional basketball and still be at the top of his game.
There is another person in a similar profession that is truly amazing in his own right. A sport that is full of past and present heroes. A world that is extremely competitive. That world is professional golf, and the person is Tiger Woods.
Now, many of you would take issue with me if I said Tiger was and is the greatest golfer to ever play the game. And I know he has had some legal challenges over the past couple of years. The reason I think Tiger is a great champion is not just his talent to hit crushing drives, his passion for the game, or his ability to make clutch shots seemingly at ease. The reason I feel he is such a great champion is because of his focus when competing.
If you read last week’s Bar Raiser Blog then you are waiting to see how the manager of the hotel handled my situation and how she picked up the customer service ball that her staff badly dropped. If you have not read that post you can click HERE and it will take you to it before you read on. As you do read on my goal is to show you how one manager/leader took charge and is determined to never let the situation that happened to me happen again. My goal is to also show how you can apply the same basic principles to your business.
Here is the hotel manager’s response to my not so flattering email to her…
Doing It Alone
By Jeff Earlywine
It has been said it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a team to run a successful business. The following is a humorous story that shows the importance of having a team around you to help you build a successful business.
A man was injured at work and put the following narrative on his medical insurance claim:
I was hired to repair a chimney at a five story building. When I was finished with the repairs, I had about 500 pounds of bricks left over. Since I did not want to carry those bricks down by hand, I decided to hoist them down in a bucket.
About eighteen months ago I began to notice something. Every successful people that I was studying has a daily routine - and it always seems to start in the morning. When I noticed this I developed one for myself. Mine is below and is in an outline format - and the bullet points are personal in nature to me.
I challenge you to develop your own daily routine. Use mine as a model if you like.
Daily Routine For Complete Success
Train your body to jump out of bed in the morning
How To Make The Right Decision Every time
By Jeff Earlywine
I work with clients all over the world. I find many common denominators regardless if the business is in a rural area, major city, or 3rd World country. One of the most common is decision making. Some people just have a hard time making decisions, or if they do then pulling the trigger on it. Why?
Do you know of a great idea that will make you and your organization better? Have you been meaning to implement it, but just haven't done it . . . yet? What are you waiting for? Paul Tournier observed, "The greatest tragedy in life is that most people spend their entire lives indefinitely preparing to live."
The Fear of Leadership - are you afraid to be the boss???
By Jeff Earlywine
Fear. We have all experienced it, and to some degree are controlled by it. How do I know this about you? Think back to when you were a kid. At some point you probably didn’t like to go in dark rooms or walk down dark streets where scary sounds seemed to come with every step. The feeling you felt then will cause you to reach for the light switch today. Or how about when you asked that special person out on a date and he or she all but laughed in your face and said, “Not on your life.”
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