We know the old adage. It’s a chore. We love having the dog, but hate having to let the poor K-9 out because it requires getting up, taking them out or for a walk, waiting for them to “do their business”, cleaning up after them, then letting them back in. It could come at 2 o’clock in the afternoon when you are watching the big game, 8 o’clock in the morning when you were leaving for work, or even worse, 3 o’clock in the morning, when we are fast asleep, and taking in the most important sleep of all. But, it has to be done. And when we don’t do it, bad things happen, like:
- Bad Business is done INSIDE of our house.
- Your trusted friend CHEWS HOLES in your best furniture.
- A commotion UPSETS THE NEIGHBORS, or might require a visit from THE AUTHORITIES because of the ruckus
The event likens to not paying attention in your business. YOUR HOUSE, which is now in shambles, IS YOUR BUSINESS. The HOLES IN THE FURNITURE are really HOLES IN YOUR BUSINESS EFFORTS. The UPSET NEIGHBORS are really YOUR UPSET CLIENTS, VENDORS, and SUPPLIERS, and the AUTHORITIES are YOUR COMPETITION, knocking on your door, making life miserable, and TAKING AWAY YOUR BUSINESS!
Stop and think about it, though; did this really have to happen? Was taking the time, even at the most inopportune moment, to address the issues at hand, really that bad? Was “Man’s Best Friend” really not worth the hassle, because you were more focused on other things that seemed more important and relevant to making you feel better?
Your business efforts are the same; there is an intrinsic need to take care of important issues ahead of the curve, and before they become problems! When something is brought to your attention, it should not be put off for another day, when YOU think it matters. By then, it may be too late. Moreover, it is not just addressing the issues, it’s all about SOLVING THE PROBLEMS.
A recent visit made to a potential client who was seeking a financing solution revealed considerable financial matters, a short timeline for execution, and an attentive, but perhaps overly proud, business owner. Issues were pointed out and discussed, the need to move with haste was clearly stated, and a quick review of likely sacrifices and milestones for completion were spelled out in the meeting. This problem can be solved! But a follow up meeting within 2 weeks revealed something scary: the owner was not moving with any sense of urgency, and was ignoring the warning signs. HE WAS FORGETTING ABOUT THE DOG THAT NEEDS TO GO OUT!
What is stopping you from opening the door to solutions? Perhaps starting a discussion with MILE MARKER BUSINESS AND CONSULTING SERVICES, LLC could help that process move forward. And if the issues and problems at hand are something you don’t like engaging, why not ask someone who does it for a living, with great success? The MILE MARKER is a great place to stop, and form a strategy.
Let’s start a conversation, and take care of that dog business before it becomes a real big problem.