The Question is HOW?
Einstein’s theory of madness – Continuing to do the things you always have and wonder why nothing changes.
When was the last time you seriously challenged how your business operates, reviewed the strategies you follow, tested the thinking you adopt and updated the processes you use?
Over the last 30 years, I have observed a succession of major business failures and noted a common factor in blaming external influences for the failure.
It’s human nature to blame others and find fault away from us, but how many of these businesses might still be trading today, if those at the top owned the situation and looked outwards.
Asking ‘What If’ rather than assuming everything will remain the same and never change may just make the difference. The idea that something or a situation will never change is often stated, but if we take just a second to think about that, since when in business have things ever stayed still?
Competitors come and go, generations bring new ideas and thinking, new technologies challenge old, growth challenges what went before and so on…
A forward-thinking mindset can be key to maintaining agility and seeing challenges before your competitors do. Implementing your “What Ifs” into a documented business plan that you review every month, looking at what is working, what is not working and what needs to change will have a dramatic impact on a business. If you do review regularly, do you make changes or just acknowledge things aren’t great? Having a business plan sitting out on your desk and being referred to month in, month out, should be fundamental to the way you run your business.
The result being that when things aren’t going to plan, only 1 month passes before you act, not 12 months! In other words, you become proactive and not reactive to change.
As business owners, we have more control of external factors than we give credit for and opening our minds to the idea that we can influence and plan for what we don’t know can lead to decisions being made at the right time.
One thing we have the power to do is make decisions, and if we fail to make decisions and continue to do what we have always done, we can’t blame others or external factors for what happens next. Believe you can affect the outcome and your thinking will open-up – the response cannot be “we can’t”, but “HOW”?
By Andy Cecil – TAB
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