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The “What Can I Do for You?” Philosophy

May 10, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

Many of us believe that to be business leaders, part of our job is to serve. We are servant leaders, serving our customers and other business owners. That’s one of the reasons you’ll often hear me ask, “What can I do for you?”

I sincerely want to get to know other business owners. I want to know how I can help them. I’m all about creating win-win scenarios. I want to introduce Business Owner A to Business Owner B, have them connect, and see how they can do more together.

It’s really a philosophy born of “What can I do for you?” Much as I would approach my customers, I want to know what I can do for other businesses. Sure, I have standard products and offerings. I have certain presentations that I present again and again and again, ( At McBride for Business, we have services we offer on a repetitive basis. But I also want to know our customers’ needs, how I can customize things for them, and help them build more.

This is a great philosophy I adhere to for customers, peers, colleagues, and other business owners. I encourage you to think in these terms. As you’re growing your business and working with others, how can you help them? What can you do for them? Ask! Figure out what their needs are, then ask, “How can I help you get to what you need?” Sometimes what may be difficult for another person may be easy for you. Then you’ve created a win-win situation. You’ve helped somebody. You put some good into the community. And I guarantee if you put enough good in the community, good will come back to you.

What’s your philosophy? Have you been working on creating win-win situations? How have you helped others? Join us in the comments below and let us know your thoughts and experiences.

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