Weekly Business Idea

June 29, 2018 – What Season of Life Are You In?

Posted on | June 29, 2018 | No Comments

Main Idea:

Are you thinking about retirement?  Are you having to deal with parent’s memory issues?  Are you newly single and dealing with all that brings?  Do you have two kids in college and wonder where the time flew?  What is more precious; time or money?

Expansion of the Idea:

Last week, my wife and I had the pleasure of watching our grandchildren for the week.  They stayed with us so that they could attend vacation Bible school at our church every morning.  In the afternoon, we did stuff.  We had fun and more importantly they had fun.  It was a good chance to be around them for an extended period.  However, having a four and a six year old stay with us reminded me of one thing, kids have a lot of energy and are a lot of work.  While I did do some work last week, productivity was not at an all time high.  I knew that was going to be the case and planned accordingly.

What has this to do with running a small business?

I personally think that this has everything to do with being a leader.  A leader has to build trust with his team.  She must know where they are and how fast they can go forward.  Even the highest capacity person is only going to go so fast when he is battling cancer, or divorce.

As the kids reminded me at 5:45 in the morning, this is a season of life.  I went through this particular season 30 years ago.  But I don’t think about it as much as I should.  I am glad that I am partially reminded of what my son and daughter in law go through every day for their kids.  I know it can be a grind getting up in the middle of the night for a sick child and then going to work the next day.  Yet our team members do just that.

Everyone that works for us is in a different season of life.   When we understand what season of life someone is in, it can help build a relationship.  Life is too short to just focus on the business.  It is infinitely more fun, and profitable, when we focus on the relationships.  By focusing on the relationships, we bring mutual purpose into our businesses and strengthen our businesses.

I want to point out that we are not lowering our standards or expectations.  I believe that I have the highest expectations of my team.  However, when they have to deal with a personal issue, I do not question them because they more than make up for any time away.  I fully trust them.  They know that I trust them and I think that has helped them build trust with me.  As that trust has developed over the years, the improvement in my business is very noticeable.  While there are situations that are not always ideal for me, they are making the best choices available.  When we pay attention to our team and understand where they are, we are making an investment in our business that will pay significant dividends in the short term and long term.

Questions to Consider

  1. What season of life are you in?
  2. Does it impact your energy or focus?
  3. Do you need to do something different than what you did 20 years ago?
  4. Think about your team.  Are they in a particularly challenging season?
  5. Is there something you can do to help?
  6. Think about your key customers in light of their season of life.

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