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.
As a business owner and also as someone who helps businesses grow, I often see very questionable actions taken on the part of business owners or presented to them. Sometimes they are rather innocuous or expensive. Sometimes a play on words without substance attracts a business owner and like a fish drawn to a lure, they strike. Thousands of dollars in worthless marketing goes out the window. I say out the window because those spending the money cannot describe or identify the slightest accurate return on those dollars. I cannot call that Return on Investment because as it turns out…it wasn’t an investment. This is very true for those who buy into the hype surrounding lead generation and the promises of many many leads for the business. In these instances, the business owner just fell for the “Lead Generation Trap”
Over time I have been able to identify a fair number of common concerns among business owners. Here in Northeast Wisconsin where I live, the common ground among them is not surprising. The common thread of culture and lifestyle, for the most part, exists in the majority of business owners. Many commonly express the same thought; “Business is different than I thought.” The conflict of balancing life and business is real and most struggle terribly with that.
That requires some defining.
We have heard it over and over. “We have to work on establishing a more engaged workforce.” “We have to get our employees more engaged” What does that mean? Let’s define Employee Engagement. Employee Engagement is nothing more than the extent the individual chooses to apply their knowledge, skills, and abilities toward an effort. I invite your attention to three words “the individual chooses.”
What does that mean?