When we were younger, we used to play a game called “King of the Hill.” The object of the game was to be the King of the hill, while everyone else you were playing with a) had the same objective and b) wanted to keep you from becoming King of the Hill. We would struggle and wrestle to get to the top, while pushing opponents back down the hill with any part of our bodies we could leverage.
Getting to the top of the hill was not the object of the game; it was the first objective. The object of the game was to get to the top of the hill and stay there. That said, most of us had our moments at the top, but few of us had the staying power to stay on top. Getting there was literally half the battle.
Becoming an extraordinary leader or running an extraordinary business is a battle in and of itself. It is the day in and day out one-step-at-a-time progression toward a specific objective. Keeping that perspective, come what may, you will make it. Still, this is only half the battle.
When playing King of the Hill, the way that we could stay on top of the hill, as the tyrants we were, was to constantly watch what was going on in the environment around us. Sometimes the kids would come at us individually, sometimes they would pair up and other times, they would come as a team. Being on top of the hill, the King would have the greatest perspective of what was going on, consider his resources (it was just us guys) and formulate the appropriate counter-attack.
As a leader, you cannot afford to run your business with your head down. There are six things in business that are always changing that you cannot do anything about:
- Society – the way people live together
- Technology – advancements to make people’s lives better
- Economy – the way people spend their money
- Environment – Marketplace or industry
- Politics – legislation that changes the way things are done
As you see changes approaching, you need to begin to make decisions about how you are going to handle the particular change. Some changes, of course, are for the good. Others could potentially hurt your business, or put you out of business.
- As a manufacturer, what do you do when one of the components of your products is no longer available?
- What do you do, as a service provider, when your primary means of communication is no longer available, be the internet, telephone, cell phone or vehicle?
- As a health professional, what do you do when legislation changes the way you have to do your job or run your practice?
Yes, these are those “punch in the gut” types of changes, but these are the types of things that happen. These are the types of things that could potentially cripple your business if not handled well. These are the types of things that could remove you from being “King of the Hill.”
Be Extraordinary. Stay Extraordinary.
Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses. We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services. 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].