I am sometimes a bit surprised when I hear from Business Owners that they do not want to grow their business. I can be fairly competitive, and hearing someone say that they are happy with their business at the size it is now causes me to stop and wonder. Why would any business owner not want to grow their business?
Change is inevitable. Like time, we cannot stop it. To not only survive but thrive in today’s business environment, you must not only accept change but must also embrace change. Given that accepting change is one of the more difficult things we mere mortals must do, having a plan, a strategic plan to manage change in your business is critical to success.
To understand how to be successful with change lets first look at the “Not’s” of change management. There are six of them:
Your career is sailing; your business is profitable; everyone looks at you and says “WOW, I want to be like them.” I am certain many of us have read or seen such a scenario. To be the “WOW person” is wonderful. To be associated with that person is pretty good too. Imagine the WOW person and a WOW business. The perfect scenario.
Then, one day, it all falls apart. Some behavior enters into your life; you start making bad business decisions, you stop listening to others about your business. We have all seen or read of those. Successful Business Leaders who start affairs with subordinate employees, Successful Business Leaders who illicitly take money from their business, Successful Business Leaders who abuse a variety of legal or illegal substances, Successful Business Leaders who take illegal short cuts. One day they get caught, and their self-destructive behavior brings them crashing down.
How do you prevent that?
Problem solving is a part of what we do and sometimes we spend way to much time doing it. What if there was a way to reduce the time you spend solving problems? Problems will always be a part of your business. Even if you have a strong problem prevention program you will still experience problems. Sometimes, because of time, limiting beliefs or preconceived opinions, we solve the problem with the wrong solution and thereby create a whole new set of problems. Sometimes we put a bandaid on a problem. Bandaids Aren’t Problem Solving.
Leaders and Entrepreneurs must be good storytellers. They have to be so that they can realize the dreams and goals they have for their business, product or service. I met a local Entrepreneur. A young one at that. At least to me, he was young as he had not yet reached his 20th Birthday. He was sent to me for advice regarding his new business venture. As I sat in the local Coffee Shop, I watched him, and his product walk toward me. He was excited, and you could tell that by looking at him.