Do you remember that classic Morecombe and Wise sketch with Andre Previn, or was it Andrew Preview? Eric insisted he was playing all the right notes, just not necessarily in the right order.
We often make life difficult by failing to get the order right. As a younger man my main focus was squarely on the financial performance of the business I ran, or later, owned. As the results started to pick up, which they invariably did, I allowed myself time and room to tinker with the design of the business, how it worked etc. and finally if I had any spare time and energy I would focus on developing the people in the business, helping them to grow and learn.
All the right notes, but definitely not in the right order, which is why it often felt like pushing water up hill. Maybe herding cats would be a more appropriate analogy. It worked but it was so exhausting it almost killed me.
As a much older and hopefully wiser man I realise that the proper order should be; first the people, choosing, inspiring and developing the people who then help to modify and tune the business, because it matters to them too. Finally, by working together on something that we agreed was important and worthwhile the financial results would flow automatically.
There are few things as powerful as capable, talented and motivated people working together to achieve a common and worthwhile goal. I have always known that, so why did it take me so long to see it and put it into practice?
What about you?
People > Business > Results
There are lots of challenges in the world but a business that is run well can benefit the world more than almost anything else, creating purpose, dignity, and wealth in honest and worthwhile work, but it is a competitive place in which to thrive. If you would like an edge and to significantly improve your business performance and expand your thinking please reach out.
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