Archive for the ‘P’s & Q’s’ Category
“No man is an island.” “We are all in this boat together.” Whether the boat is a project, small company, department of a larger company, the country, or the planet, we need to effectively work with people. Very Important People want to benefit from you Value Improvement Proposition.
I firmly believe in the principle of KISS — Keep It Seriously Simple. Why do we make business more complicated than it needs to be? We have profit margins with percents — gross and net. We have operating ratios for truck fleets and other businesses. People generally have enough trouble with multiplication and division without adding the complications of percents and negative numbers–whether they are in red versus black or put into parentheses. Let’s make it simpler.
No matter where the phrase “Mind your P’s and Q’s” comes from, it has occurred to me that, in business, there are many useful words and concepts that start with these two letters…Thomas Edison is credited with saying, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration” and “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” PERSISTENCE…It takes passion inside an individual, a team or a company to be able to persist and achieve success.
Why?…Why?…Why?…Why?…Why? Does this sound like a 5 year old child learning the power of the word “Why?” and how it can disarm and upset a grown up? Actually, it’s a powerful business solving technique–5 Whys .. or maybe it should be 5 Whys to be Wise!