I’ve worked with a lot of businesses over the years and as a business strategist, I see a lot of recurring problems. Let’s face it, we all have problems. What’s your philosophy on problems?
It turns out, you can have a huge impact on your bottom line and your business. Many of the businesses I work with and encounter (particularly the ones that are struggling), don’t want to deal with problems. They deal with them on a surface level, only.
There may be arguments at the office, there may be upset customers calling on the phone and there may be deadlines missed but they just view it as a normal part of the business. They say, “this is the way things go.” However, the more successful businesses are very process oriented. They want to figure out why the problems are happening. They want to know how they can fix the problem and what they can do differently. Therein lies a major difference.
If you look for problems and attack problems – problems will start to go away. We talked in an earlier blog about how most issues come down to one or two things. The employees following the system or a broken system (http://www.mcbrideforbusiness.com/blog/building-a-systems-that-work/).
If you accept a philosophy of fixing problems you can start analyzing your problems. Look for problems, find problems and fix them. Repeat again and again and again.
What does this do? It propels your business forward. Every problem you fix is momentum for your business. It’s a six sigma, kaizen type of management philosophy.
If you’re constantly looking for problems and fixing problems at the end of the day, you’re going to have a better and better business.
I challenge you to adopt this philosophy. Stop running away from your problems. Start running to your problems and look for ways to fix them.
What’s been your experience on problems? Have you handled your problems in an upfront manner historically? Have you ran from them? Join us in the comments below and let us know your thoughts.
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