Don’t be ‘just good enough’
The biggest danger for companies ishaving things “just good enough” towhere they get complacent and their business muscles get flabby.Then when something big happens,an unexpected crisis, they are not pre-pared to handle it.With businesses under a lot of stress,there’s a lot of activity, a lot of thinking,and a desire to want things to be differ-ent, and if you can take all of that nega-tive energy (frustration) and transformit into positive energy (passion), you’vegot the fuel to take your company wher-ever you want to go.However, it does take a bit of trainingto change your world.Success has many paths.Here are seven “success steps” thatI’ve seen create the most results for peo-ple who really want an
.Follow these and see where they getyou.
1. Reboot your brain
If someone believes that work is hard,and that the world is conspiring againsthim so that he’ll never get ahead, thenhe’s going to live a miserable life andrun a miserable company.We all know people like this. They saythat it’s the employees’ fault, or thestate’s, or the crummy clients’, or thosedarn franchises, or their parents, or thatthey never got a college education.It’s like a computer on the fritz andyou just want to find the guy’s reset but-ton and
him.Becoming successful requires an hon-
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To be successful, you need a solid businessplan — one that will protect you and make yourcompany stronger.Years ago, I was the guy hiring, training, crewchief and quality control, and I had no troublefinding workers — until we implemented drugtesting.After implementing drug testing 10 years ago,three of my 28 employees refused to be testedand quit, two failed the test and were let go.One applicant refused the pre-employmentdrug test, claiming violation of personal rights. He was hired at a local restaurant andwe were called three weeks later for an $18,000 smoke damage caused by this person.Now we advertise “drug-free workplace” and very fewapply who have bad and ille-gal habits. We have a great, strong staff because of this one change.We have also instituted, “nopersonal use of company property.”This came about because I once lent a company vehicle to an employee, being a goodboss and friend,only to find out that the individual needed to take a road trip from cen-tral Nebraska to the East Coast.After a month of tracking down the vehicle and “former employee,” I found he wasemployed by a franchise in South Carolina.I asked the owner of the company about this person who was now employed by himas a cleaning tech, “How much have you advanced him in wages?”The voice on theline paused and asked, “How did you know?”I did get the vehicle back with minor damage and 4,000 extra miles.
Amessy van may be a sign youneed an extreme business makeover.
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