Thursday, February 19, 2015

Do You Have a Spanker?

Ok, after reading the title some of you need to get your mind back into a more…mmmm…focused mode.

I have a very good friend who, on occasion, will spank me. He did it yesterday at lunch in middle of a restaurant.

He said (in a rather pointed fashion), “You’ve been talking for four years about wanting your business to be at a certain point and where are you? You haven’t done what you need to do to get there. And it isn’t that you don’t know what needs to be done…you’re just not doing it.”

Ouch! Can someone find me a soft pillow to sit down on?

If you have goals in life—and if you’ve read this blog on anything like a regular basis you know goals are crucial—do you have someone who will hold you accountable?

Owning a business is wonderful and, to me, being a one-person business is often like playing. But, those of us who do it often miss the communal give-and-take, the feedback, the corrective conversations appreciated by owners and managers surrounded by colleagues.

In short, other than the marketplace—sales going up or down—we don’t have anyone to spank us when we need it.

Being spanked is never enjoyable (at least for the majority of us), but sometimes it’s necessary. The key question now, for me, is, “Did it work?”

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