Friday, January 22, 2010

Are you complaining or doing?

The business landscape is changing for many industries, driven largely by the internet and new technology. Many companies are realizing something: What worked a few years ago no longer works today. What works today may not work in a few years.

My question is this: What is your company doing about it?

I’ve heard many people, even high-ranking executives, complain about the changing business climate. “If it wasn’t for (fill in the blank), we would be successful,” is the common refrain.

This mentality is detrimental to a business for a couple reasons: First, it doesn’t change anything. When they finish complaining, the problem still exists. Second, it wastes time. While they’re sitting around complaining about why they can’t succeed, others are changing the way they work.

Productive people focus on what they can change. Want to increase your business productivity? Don’t waste time complaining about what you can’t change. Did the rise of internet retailers hurt your business? Are your competitors using new technology to get ahead? You can’t change any of that. Instead, focus on what you can change. Here's a great, practical example of a business owner dealing with this very problem...and handling it poorly.


Anonymous 3:22 AM  

What a great resource!

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