Then, the sun would rise. You know, everything is better, clearer, easier in the light of day. And, everything is scarier in the dark. Lesson learned: Go back to sleep.
Recently, Mike Rowe, the Dirty Jobs Dude, was a guest on Bill Maher’s HBO show Real Time. He was talking about his latest adventure, Profoundly Disconnected, a program to help connect those looking for great careers with real, albeit sometimes dirty, jobs. I was on the edge of my couch! I love dirty jobs! I cheered as Mike shared his frustration that students are being given the Worst Career Advice Ever: […]
“I just can’t find good employees. Nobody wants to work for a dollar anymore. Thank goodness for Joey. He’s my top producer. Customers love him and he delivers top sales every month. If I could clone him, I would! He is one in a million.” My pal Vince owns a Heating and AC company. He’s been interviewing for salespeople and so far nobody has made the cut. I responded,“Gosh, if Joey is one in a million, it will take you a million applicants to find him again! You are looking for a superstar. Instead of trying to find one, why not try to……create one?” “I don’t have time for that! I am a busy man! Where are the self-starters? When I was a kid, I worked 12 hours a day for $1.25 an hour! I was grateful to be working.” “Yeah, yeah…and you walked six miles to school and back every day, uphill each way.” “How did you know?” Vince shot back. […]
I love watching TV! I steer clear of bad TV. However, there is solid programming out there. And there is great free advice if you are building a business. I love Restaurant Impossible and Tabatha’s Salon Takeover. (BTW, I am at the ready to host an Extreme Makeover – Service Business Edition show!) I love it when the TV biz expert shares simple ways to fix a failing business. Why do the owners fight it so much? Why would they rather be right…than rich? Business is just a vehicle, for driving us in the direction of our dreams. Terrific reality TV shows help us see the denial, and perhaps recognize it in ourselves. So, tune in, grab the popcorn and learn how to make more money. My latest, favorite show is Crowd Rules on CNBC. Here are a few “Lessons Learned” from catching up on the latest episode with Rockstar Business Expert Larry Winget… […]
Does it make you cringe to think about imposing the formal structure of an Organization Chart on your small shop? Fear not! The Organization Chart can be a wonderful tool. Recalling my many, many jobs, I can count on three fingers the number of times I actually knew for what I was responsible and to whom I was required to report. I would have loved that information on every job. It’s frustrating to not know what your responsibilities are. It’s confusing to have someone tell you what to do just to have another person tell you to do just the opposite. Your Own Organization Chart – The Bare Bones Basics You will need… A large unadorned wall or dry erase board. A stack of Post It notes…the 3×3 inch size is good. A sharpie! Begin with the end in mind. What is your […]