Do you use an iPhone or Android device? Either way do you know someone who utilizes the other one? If you each share your phones with each other for few minutes you will each feel as if you are in another world.
They are so different! And in many ways – the same.
Let’s stay with our phones for a minute. They are built to operate with one hand, to be able to listen, to speak and do numerous other items such as take photos, play music, utilize apps and go online to name a few.
What are some of the really foundational and structural items which have stayed exactly the same for many years and go across brands and styles?
For one the key pad to dial a phone number. The numbers are lined up exactly the same way as they have for many years.
And then under the appropriate number are the letters for those who spell out a phone number with a word. This structure has been the same since the first push button phone replaced the rotary phone.
Consider for a moment the laptop key pad or the key board for your PC. The placement and the order of virtually every key is the same except for a few changes around the top and the sides since the typewriter became a popular item.
Now these devices are all utilized for a variety of purposes.
The point is the foundation and the structure are based on proven solid experience and expertise. It would be able to be built upon for everything else.
It is in the area of building that solid foundation and structure that many start up businesses and owners of a business pushing toward a growth path do not spend enough time, effort and money on. This is unfortunate as that solid foundation and structure is exactly what provides the broad shoulders and strong back for these businesses to build and grow upon.
Here are a few examples based upon real world experience working with business owners and organizations from small to large.
- The vision, the idea of why the business exists. This may be the single most important and often forgotten foundational item.
- Every part of a business is as important as any other part of the business. If there is no “I” in “TEAM” and if everyone is on the same team – why are silos created and allowed to exist?
- If you want your people to contribute to the organization in more ways and at a higher level – you need to keep training them and contributing to their personal and professional growth.
- Leaders are not created with titles, lead by your example, communicate with people and treat all people like who they are – people just like you.
- Never hire someone because they are ‘good enough’. There are ‘great people’ out there ready to work for you and your company. Take the time to find them and don’t get so stuck on your exact job descriptions – find the ‘great people’.
These are a few examples and there are certainly numerous others.
The point is to live and breath the foundation and the structure as it will always reward you.
Mitch Tublin is the CEO and Founder of Wenkroy International LLC a boutique consulting company with a main focus on Strategic Business Consulting, Training and Business Coaching. Our passion is to take people to the next level in their life and in their business.