Unless you’re a newborn baby, there isn’t a single person in this world who is completely open-minded. It’s common that people become more close minded the older they get; hanging out with people who think alike, following the same routines and just avoid getting uncomfortable.
From the department of ideas that are worth sharing, check this out. Bill Taylor, co-founder of Fast Company, has a very interesting newsletter you should subscribe to; failure is the theme of the latest one.
On my latest trip my Sales Manager and I talked about a colleague of ours who’s behavior is causing problems with the team; which I won’t get into the details. She knows I’m not one to wait for things to get out of hand and wholeheartedly take the time to coach people. So she asked me: why don’t you coach him?
“I’m not looking for the best.” A Director of a publishing company once said this to me after he commented on how his company was looking for a innovation strategist to help them think through, and execute, a project to create the future of their company.
Business is hard. And there are many widely held beliefs about what leads to success. One of them is “Increase sales, reduce costs”. Do both, and you’re gold. Reducing costs is where the focus goes to when increasing sales becomes a challenge.