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Dec
2009
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Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?

“Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf?” Is a line from “The Three Little Pigs” children story. They were referring to the local wolf who was interested in adding the little pigs to his afternoon menu. After some trial and error, they found an appropriate hideout where they were able to hole up until said beastie blew himself away. Apparently, they took the time to get to know their adversary, his strengths and weaknesses and how to avoid becoming the main menu item at his dinner table.clip_image002

Of course, as a business leader, you should have the same information about “ravenous beasts” that are lurking in your marketplace, seeking to maim and devour. You should have some system of taking some time to just scan the marketplace to see what is new out there. Look in your industry, look in industries that serve the same market, look at the marketplace.

Do you know who your target market is? How are they responding to changes in the marketplace? Who are the new entrants? What are the new trends? Are there opportunities that you are missing out on?

There have been too many business leaders who haven’t taken the time to survey their marketplace on a regular basis. As a result, many are out of business. Virtually none of them have become extraordinary. Very few, if any, have gotten their business to a point where it can run itself outside of the watchful eye of its owner. Plainly said, we can do better than that.

So make a commitment to yourself and your business to survey your marketplace, so you don’t need to be afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.

Aepiphanni Business Solutions is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping people get into business, and stay there.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including restaurants, catering and event planning.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].


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Dec
2009
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Who's got Your Back?

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like it was going to simply swallow you? As extraordinary business leaders, we can bank on the fact that we are constantly seeking bluer, uncharted waters. I suspect, though, that we aren’t designed to go at it alone. 

If you take a look at successful leaders, you’ll notice that they surround themselves with great people, to whom they often credit with being essential to their success. That person could be a business partner, a mentor, a friend or a spouse (not necessarily in that order!). The important thing is to have someone there who you know has “got your back.”Who's got your back?

Now, there is a quality issue, here: there is no point in surrounding yourself with terrible people: those who will just say, “yes” to everything you say, those who will suggest that you just give up, etc., etc.  Many people don’t need others to give them the bad news.  Great people are going to help you see what you don’t see and help you to get the energy you need to keep moving.  If you are going to be an extraordinary leader and run an extraordinary company, you’ve got to keep moving.

Aepiphanni Business Solutions is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping people get into business, and stay there.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including restaurants, catering and event planning.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].


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Nov
2009
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Extra-Ordinary Business Leaders

A gentleman came to my home a few weeks ago to do some repairs.  The repairs should have been very simple, and, of course, assumed only the best. �Inspect what you expect!� a little voice said to me.  �Inspect what you expect!� was repeated.

Well, what started out to be a very simple job turned into something that took much longer than anticipated, which wasn�t too bad.  However, when I looked at the quality of what I received, I don�t think I could have been more disappointed.  I thought to myself that the type of work I received typifies what is in the marketplace, today.

On the other hand, I called AT&T; for service on my internet services.  Having had to put up with them for the past few years, I�d been privy to their �customer service� practices.  I would call them whenever I was feeling like I wanted to be treated badly for a while, or to demonstrate to clients how not to do business.

Well, on this occasion, and the occasions since, the service was outstanding.  I was rather disappointed because I�d spent some time putting together some clever arguments and rebuttals to their insensitivity to my needs.  Well, it turned out that they sent a tech to my home for free � twice, and responded quickly and knowledgeably each time I called.  I was flabbergasted.  My experience was extra-ordinary.

So what happens when you clients are in need of your services?  Do you put them on hold for hours? Days?  Weeks?  Do you find that you are communicating effectively and regularly enough?  Are you aware of how your business is perceived?

Being extraordinary doesn�t happen by accident.  It is a continual commitment to excellence � on purpose actions, driving to goals and maintaining a standard that redefines what needs to be done. 

Be excellent.  Be on purpose.  Be extraordinary.

Aepiphanni Business Solutions is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping people get into business, and stay there.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including restaurants, catering and event planning.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].


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Nov
2009
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Open Your Eyes! Seeing Opportunities

This morning, I told my five-year-old son to go into the kitchen and get his jacket.  He returned to the kitchen a short while later stating that he couldn’t find the jacket.  I told him he should have put it away so he would know where it was.  He told me that he’d put it on the counter at breakfast time.  I told him to run to the kitchen, and get it.

Well, we were on our way out of the door, so I quickly ran to the kitchen to take a look.  There, hanging on a door knob, was the sweater.  All he had to do was turn around a look.

Sometimes as business leaders, we find ourselves in a similar position: we are looking for opportunities or people or products or services, and we can’t seem to find them.  Sometimes we get so keenly focused on a process that we fail to realize that there might be another path to achieve the same results.  Sometimes, we are over-complex in our dealings when simplicity could be what is called for.  Sometimes extraordinary is behind door number two, and we get focused on door number one.Explore Your Opportunities

Just to be clear, that happens to most of us in many situations.  But having the knowledge and ability to change and doing nothing about it  is pure foolishness.  So let’s look at some options.

Sometimes, the solution could be as simple as taking another look at your goals, and creating several ways (milestones) to accomplish the same thing.  Give yourself an appropriate timeframe as follows:

“Looking at how to achieve the goal, I am going to give myself 24 hours to come up with alternate processes or steps to reach the same solution.”

  • If you’ve got the resources, enlist the assistance of other stakeholders, be it clients, employees, vendors, advisors, investors, etc..  Do an brainstorming session.  Keep the timeframe appropriate – if a decision needs to be made within several hours, consider, realistically, the number of people you could reach out to and what could be accomplished.
  • Ask questions, do research.  Keep in mind that you only know what you know, and you don’t know what you don’t know.  If you can become better versed in a situation, then you will have a better perspective on the situation.
  • Consider what could go wrong, or what could go right with the solutions you’ve chosen.  While it may seem like some unnecessary steps, you will find that you can do this in a reasonable amount of time, depending on the situation.  Again, give yourself a reasonable timeframe within to work
  • Consider how important the situation is.  Invest the appropriate amount of resources into making the decision.  It shouldn’t take a team of consultants, the board of directors and a brainstorming session to determine how your office should be set up.  On the other hand, major expenses should be weighed and measured before pursuing them.

Great opportunities are only gathered and acted on by those who are attuned to seeing them and ready to move once they do see them.  It is a mentality and a decision.  If you tune your mind to constantly seek out opportunities, you will find that opportunities are everywhere.  If you develop a process to identify, evaluate and purse opportunities as they present themselves, you will find you can manage and take advantage opportunities as they present themselves.

Aepiphanni Business Solutions is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping people get into business, and stay there.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including restaurants, catering and event planning.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].


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