Wow! Exclaimed my wife as she dashed over to a window display. “ Ali what are you doing? We’re going to be late for our dinner reservation. ” I said, as I walked over to view what she was seeing. It was a large banner with bold lettering with the phrase “Our most comfortable fashion line yet!- Try our newest and most comfortable clothing line.”
First impressions are everything, right? You knew that when you met your in-laws for the first time, that you better be dressed to impress and on your best behavior. What would they have thought if you were covered in mud and hadn’t showered in weeks?
As a child there was nothing better than curling up in your father’s lap and hearing a good story. As an adult, your love for story telling still burns deep. You’ll never forget the glass slipper, the magic lamp or the yellow brick road. Stories have a way of grabbing your attention and staying in your heart forever.
Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Christopher Nolan have been some of Hollywood’s most influential people in the history of film. I’m sure you could be apart of that list if you were involved in the film industry. Truth be told, you’re all about business the world. You have systems to create, employees to manage and spreadsheets to study.
Accept It- We live in a society where EVERYONE wants to voice their opinion
It seems that the loudest voices are those that are constantly negative
What makes it worse is social media has made it easier for them to speak!
“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” – George Bernard Shaw
Can you trust your employees? Can they trust you? Can they trust each other?
If you can truthfully answer each of those questions with a “yes”, I’m willing to bet that you’re going to be successful.
What is the most important decision you make as a business owner? Where to advertise? Whether or not to invest in more equipment? Whether to open a new location?
Actually… the most important decision you make as a business owner is who to hire.
When I mention the phrase “company culture”, many business owners immediately picture some tenured professor rambling on in an ivory tower, far away from the “real world” of business. And while academia has certainly created its fair share of theories that look great on paper but don’t work in real life, company culture isn’t one of them.
We all face competition.
Some of you operate in ultra-competitive environments, such as restaurants or retail, where the competition is literally across the street.