News Letter April/May 2015

What a privilege we have as a ‘community’ of business people to be able to share and learn from each other; there is always someone out there with a better idea, an initiative that worked, a new market emerging etc.  And this is one of the benefits of being a member – you get it first and also have a platform that assist in addressing those sometimes real difficult challenges that is part and parcel of business.

Good companies always find a path to greatness by confronting the facts of their current reality. This is most of the times not easy and requires courage and vision.  Your business however can only benefit by creating an environment where you act upon the reality, the real challenge that you are facing or have to overcome. It is therefore of the utmost importance that you create an environment where you always act on true facts – the truth.

Creating a climate where the truth is heard involves four basic practises:

1.       Lead with questions, not answers.

2.       Engage in dialogue and debate, not coercion ( you do not want a club of ‘Yes’ Sayers)

3.       Conduct autopsies, (get to the bottom) without blame and

4.       Build red flag mechanisms that turn information into information that cannot be ignored.

Hit the realities of your situation head –on. Retain absolute faith that you can and will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, and at the same time confront the brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.

Always keep in mind that the strength of your leadership personality can deter people from bringing you the real facts. Leadership does not begin just with a vision. It begins with getting people to confront facts and to act on the implications.

Spending time and energy trying to motivate people is a waste of effort. The real question is not, “How do we motivate people?” If you have the right people, they are self-motivated. The key is though not to de-motivate them. And one of the key primary ways to de-motivate people is to ignore the facts of reality.

Jim Collins a renowned author of many bestselling books (business management and related) has done research over many years involving over 700 companies worldwide. What he found was that we as business, by word of mouth, or just ignoring the real facts, created many ‘myths’ which  we over time perceived to be the answer or prerequisite for success in business. He identified twelve such myths in his research, and we would like to share that with you in our next newsletter. It might just turn some of our perceptions on its head. For instance: “It takes a great idea to start a great company”.

Is that reality?

We appreciate your support of the Chamber. Please remember that your presence and contribution is absolutely important and we rely on you in that regard.

(Please read your emails as we intent sharing more information now that the computer ‘challenge’ we had has been sorted out)



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