An owner of a couple of small businesses is frustrated with dwindling profits.
He blames his staff, treats them badly, moves them to different locations, stalls their vacations and refuses to listen to their feedback.
The truth is:
- He has been an absentee owner that has happily collected profits from the businesses while choosing not to be involved in day-to-day operations.
- He hasn’t trained his employees or empowered them to make decisions.
- He has not been engaged with his customers and doesn’t know what they value.
- He hasn’t been proactive about growing his businesses or even keeping up with his competitors.
- His prices are higher than the competition and his facilities are cramped, cluttered, outdated, and equipped with poor quality equipment and tools.
He can’t see what is obvious to anyone that seeks the services of his company…
HIS behavior is the root cause of the decline in his business.
And as bad as he sounds… He is not alone in his denial.
When human beings in large corporations, communities, countries and families begin to see the impact that neglect has on their lives and work – We are all tempted to look for a quick fix:
- How many times have you listened to a title leader blame others for what is not working?
- How many times have you seen an organization get rid of long-term employees that care deeply about the success of the organization?
- How many times have you seen someone trade in his or her family for a new one?
- How many times have you wished that there really were an EASY button to press?
If you are dealing with a challenge and struggling to figure out what to do about it pause and remember:
Solutions aren’t found “out-there” ~ They are discovered after YOU take ownership of your behavior:
- How are you contributing to the problem that you are facing?
- Are you investing time and energy taking care of what you have?
- Have you changed your behavior, before asking others to change theirs?