The practice of doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein
You would think that this definition would become less and less accurate over time as more people are exposed to it. And you would be wrong. Small business owners (and more than a few executives in larger firms) seem to be determined to prove this particular stereotype true year after year.
And, with another year just about in the books, it’s worthwhile to take a moment to explore some of the key symptoms of business insanity to help you identify and treat this dangerous disease.
Symptom #1: You’ve Been Fired Repeatedly
What? I’m the owner and I DO the firing. The sad truth is that, whenever employees voluntarily leave your company, they are telling you they’d rather work for someone else. It is often said that people don’t quit a company, they quit a boss. If you can’t see the truth in this, you’re in a state of denial and should seek immediate professional help (see below).
Symptom #2: Your team is disappointing and often frustrating.
If you don’t believe it’s possible to find good help, you need to change your thinking. If you believe that your team just doesn’t get it, you should ask yourself how that really happened. If your team seldom does things the way you taught them, it's time to honestly try to understand why that is and how to fix it.
Symptom #3: You’re too busy with the Urgent versus the truly Important.
When you know you’re missing out on a lot of great moments in your life and kid yourself with words like “But I love to work,” you’re busted. It’s time to honestly assess the true cost to your health, happiness, family and relationships. Staying true to your real priorities will keep you from wondering how the kids suddenly got so big and overcome the tendency to work more hours than you really should. If you’re struggling to remember when you last had a real vacation, it’s time for a change.
Symptom #4: It seems like you work endless hours for little reward.
Ever catch yourself thinking about that steady paycheck you used to get? Or, perhaps you’re feeling overwhelmed by having to find new customers and generate new business. Maybe you’re frustrated with having to deal with high-maintenance customers who aren’t very profitable to work with.
It doesn’t have to be this way. With a few important adjustments, you can be back in charge. Of your employees. Your customers. Your time. Your life.
Follow this link to schedule a complimentary discovery session and begin taking charge. Find out how to attract all the highly profitable customers you want. Discover techniques for attracting and cultivating talent you can trust to help delight your customers and build your business. Master the 5 Factor Tool for turning your company into a profit-making machine. Create the life you always imagined and the time to enjoy it. Sure, you’ll have to work at it, but it’s easier than you think! Click here to schedule your complimentary, personal discovery session now.
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