My last blog was in August and I just came up for air now. Where did September go? Pretty easy to get behind these days. It’s time to put some extra effort into catching up and staying caught up. It’s a better way to operate.
So you had a game plan and you fell off the wagon, like me? Does that mean the plan was flawed or that you just lacked the discipline to follow through? Based on my experience, I would suggest the latter.
I think we are all capable of laying out an achievable plan that could improve our communication, finances, health or relationships. The trick is to try and avoid too much change at once. Start with something you can manage and make it a habit, then take the next step towards where you want to be. After all, life is a marathon not a sprint. It takes time to get off track, so it’s going to take time to get back on top.
Lee’s Quote for the Day
In November of last year, I wrote a blog about the folks at Zet’s who took over a Derry Road restaurant, just north of the airport. It was a dubious location, where multiple enterprises have failed over the last decade. After my first visit, my thoughts were “I think they did it right and will be a success. It’s well marketed and manned and I believe their attention to detail will make the difference in keeping their doors open and their business prospering. Time will tell.”
It appears, 9 months later, they indeed have made it a success at a location where previous endeavours have closed their doors in short order (no pun intended). Execution, consistency, financial resources and experience in the industry, were able to overcome a long history of failure. As important as the right location is, the right people with the right thinking can overcome hefty obstacles.
It’s something to keep in mind for any of us in the job we do or the business we run. Doing it right can take you a long way. It doesn’t have to be over the top, as long as it is above average…even a little bit and consistently so.
Congrats to Zet’s on Derry Road for turning a sow’s ear into a silk purse. A job well done!
Lee’s Quote for the Day
My last blog of 2011 was about turning over the captain’s chair to my staff while I took a 3 week vacation. A real vacation at that, not glued to my e-mail or solving problems from afar. I let them sail the ship and I relaxed. It was a welcome change.
If you have an experienced team, the captain is only needed when you hit rough water. Steering the ship through a crisis is a learned skill set, sharpened by experience. Whether we have fallen into a leadership position, got forced into taking the helm or arrived at it by design, the short strokes are that every ship needs a captain and every project needs a champion. Why? Because there are always storms to navigate and only one person can make that decision. No two people are likely to approach the same set of circumstances in the same manner. As my older brother likes to say, “There are lots of right answers”.
When I started my business 24 years ago, my older brother’s advice was… don’t do it. He had been in business for a decade already and knew the perils I would face. I believe it was something I was meant to do and as I may have stated before, being overly optimistic and somewhat naive are fundamental qualities of being in business for yourself.
I’ve seen a lot of businesses fail. Solid companies with hard working owners – most spent too much money on the wrong things at the wrong time. Many fell behind with tax remittances. Some coasted when they should have forged ahead. Some forged ahead only to have a dramatic shift in technology or market conditions do them in. I feel very fortunate that my business is solid as we march into 2012.
For anyone thinking of starting their own business or are in business already and questioning their direction, here are 5 tips that people have shared with me and I know to be true:
Lee’s quote for the day