Today we are talking about how to regain control of your business.
I’ve noticed that at any given time, over half the business leaders I work with are struggling; they’re frustrated. They’re buried in their own minutiae. The business seems to be running amuck, almost out of control. Where does one start to regain control?
There maybe problems everywhere but the solution can almost always be found by looking in the mirror. Leaders in this situation don’t take time to pre-think the issues. I hear it all the time: “There’s just not enough time.” You know the definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. That’s where many leaders find themselves. As a leader, at any level, you need to take a lesson from the airline stewards when an emergency occurs, “place the mask over your own face first, then your loved ones.”
How? Start by giving yourself an hour a day, preferably first thing each morning. This is when you take time to pull back and study your company from a distance. Work on your business, not in your business. Pick one issue at a time. This week, work on that Inventory department that is totally out of control. Is it the lack of staff experience? Are the processes broken? Is there a lack of discipline? Don’t jump to conclusions. Play with the issue. Be creative. Get ‘out of your own box’. Finally, talk with your team leaders. Bring your team together and map a solution. Then champion the effort.
There are three steps to regaining control. First, take the time to recognize the need; second, lead a team to analyze and plan the solution; and third champion your people forward.
Try giving yourself an hour to think before you act or react! It is an essential TBR Best Practice.
If you find yourself in such a situation, call me.
Sponsored in part by:
Jay W. Curry
Along with hosting “Texas Business Radio”, Jay is a Professional Certified Coach and Master Chair facilitating four Houston-based Vistage peer groups. In addition to being a best selling non-fiction author, the 2015 release of his award winning novel, Nixon and Dovey: the Legend Returns, adds novelist to his title. Jay holds a BS in Mathematics from Oklahoma State and an MS in Computer Science from Kansas State. You can learn more about Jay HERE.