Tuesday, March 28, 2006

bizjournals: Winning at Work

bizjournals: Winning at Work

While the stats shared here apply primarily in social settings they can be a guide in business. People do judge us by how we look and present ourselves... not just how well we speak.

Take the time to ensure that your whole package is one that attracts and retains their interest. Then work hard to gain their trust and business.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Making a difference!

March Makes A Difference!

"Only a clear definition of the mission and purpose of the business makes possible clear and realistic objectives. It is the foundation for priorities, strategies, plans, and work assignments. It is the starting point for the design of managerial jobs and, above all, for the design of managerial structures."
Peter Drucker
  • What is driving you and your team?
  • What is your defined purpose and strategic mission as an organization?
  • What are you doing to engage and motivate your team to win?
  • What are you doing to equip yourself and your team to win?

Funny how some non-structured time in the sun with a good book allows your mind to wander and wonder. Amazing how the warmth and sea air can stimulate your imagination and your ability to dream. March is the end of your 1st quarter and a good time to pause and reflect on how you and/or your team are actually doing. Remember those goals you set late last year or early this year? How are you doing?

I found myself rethinking 'what I do' and 'why I do it' on a recent trip to Cancun. I had a wonderful time addressing the dealer/owners of a Canadian National Tire Chain. They were very receptive and open to challenge their own experiences and to revisit 'why' and 'what' they were doing. This, I believe, is the beginning of building strong, long-term foundations for profitable success under any organization. I hope my time with them will lead to additional opportunities to serve them and work with their organization. They are a great team of people!

From personal experience, having a "strongly defined," visual image of your purpose and a strategic mission of what you do will keep you focused. It will also keep you fired up and excited about your business and career. It will help you ride the tough times and challenges that come with everyday life and modern day business.

My challenge for you is to take a minute... ok, 15 minutes, and take a serious look at what you are doing.

Ask yourself,

  • Why you are doing it?
  • What real value do you bring to your industry, market, and clients?
  • What are you willing to change to make it better, more attractive, and value-added to your team and your customers?

(c) Copyright 2006 Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
Creative Catalyst & Idea Farmer