I was working with a client, over the weekend, at his office in Downtown Atlanta. He mentioned to me, when we were walking in, that he had gotten a ticket parking in the same location that I did. However, there was a 2 hr parking sign there, so I felt like I was safe.
As I was returning to the car, after the meeting, I noticed a Parking Nanny (patrol officer assigned to writing parking tickets) standing at the corner of my street with two other guys. They were talking about writing parking tickets and were debating on whether or not to have my truck towed. As they continued their conversation, I walked down to the truck, got in and drove off. As I drove by them, I saw them staring at me with their eyes bugged and their jaws on the floor. They had missed an opportunity.
This is what happens with many business leaders and super villains. They spend so much time evaluating and discussing their opportunity that them miss out altogether. This is why it is so important to have a plan in place to evaluate and take advantage of opportunities, quickly. This is why you’ve got to be of the mindset that you are always looking for opportunities.
- Business mission and vision statements – How will this opportunity effect my company beliefs?
- Job Descriptions – I’ve met someone who I think might be a good employee – I just don’t know what I am looking for or how to leverage their capabilities
- Business modeling – We need to get more space and more vehicles. Based on our current P&L;, how much can we afford?
- Idea Champions – We have great ideas – but they just remain ideas.
All of these are typical scenarios and responses are tools that you, as a business leader, need to use in order to take advantage of some opportunities. Of course, this is the short list. Yours will be a bit longer, and practical for your line of business.
When opportunity knocks, be ready to be extraordinary. Don’t just stand there. Open the door!
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