I am often asked, what can I do to get a promotion or how do I advance or how do I get a raise. Often times the question is asked by a good associate. That question has always been tough for me to try and explain to the would-be-great-associate so that it makes sense. It usually isn’t that they don’t work hard, because they do. It isn’t that they don’t think and perform their tasks well. They usually follow the rules, get their job done and go home. So what is it that separates a good employee from a great employee?
If you own your company or have become a leader in your company, there will come a point where you will need grow and you will need to hire a manager/leader or you will need to train your replacement manager/leader so you can advance in your position. Many times you are tasked with training your new leader just after you have grown your business or have just become a leader yourself. At this point, many times, small business’s bring family in, or friends. The large business’s hire the up and coming business graduate. One of the biggest mistakes in starting to train your leader is to avoid asking yourself if you are a leader. Look in the mirror and really try and nail down if you are a leader or are a keen business negotiator or perhaps an expert in your field or even just a great salesperson. The issue lies in that none of these traits make you a good leader.
I recently had an associate who was struggling with their iPhone. To rectify the situation it would take a trip to the Apple store. The phone would not receive phone calls or text messages and we were told by the phone service that it would need to go to apple. The associate immediately departed for the store and everyone else went back to work.
I have a confession to make. I play Call of Duty. I mean, I play a lot of Call of Duty. I mean, I play way too much Call of Duty, in a competitive online environment. Now for the confession-I rarely win.
I was recently asked, “Need a Salesperson?” “NO I DON’T, “I said. “but I do need entrepreneurs” the conversation stumbled as the guy looked at me puzzled. “How do I be an entrepreneur inside your business, don’t Entrepreneurs start their own businesses?” My response was “Yes they do” I got even a more puzzled look.
I was studying a few days ago, watching videos etc and the topic of self-defense was broached. The question was asked by a Master, what is Self defense? The answer is pretty clear, to defend yourself from others, the economy, bad employees, bad bosses etc. To train and prepare yourself for the day when you need to protect yourself ….
Recently we lost a valued friend and advisor to our little company and in reflecting on his presence it was amazing to me the impact he could have in just a “Hello”. Most of us go on with our days with the pleasantries, “Hello”, “how are you”, “ I’m Good”. Yet how many of us truly mean it? How many of us really do care how you are? What about the kind of hello that starts with a handshake but then becomes so much more. The kind of hello that lingers on your soul.
Mention the word change and a collective groan is often heard in conference rooms and offices regardless of your location. Change is painful, we too often believe. Change will be uncomfortable and may create a scenario wherein you lose control. You may not like the end product; then you have to change it back. Change just might break your business, or a relationship, or you personally. Change is a six letter four letter word. Why?
On this day, not only is International Pipe & Supply celebrating its 40 year anniversary but my father, Al Karchmer, the oldest known steel pipe distributor, is turning 98 years old.