Perfection is unattainable. As a small business, if you strive for perfection, you’ll never grow and flourish. A better philosophy is: We try things and then we perfect. If you expect perfection, team members will be afraid try things — they’ll shut down. On the other hand, perfecting things draws ideas out of people. You lead people with the idea that perfection is not the goal. Encourage your team to embrace the imperfections, then look for ways to level up, raise the bar and be better. Ask, “What do we need to change, modify or improve?” Lead them by asking, “What hurts, what works and how can we make what works even better?” It’s all about tweaking.
Our company provides this help without expectation. We accomplish it by providing valuable education and even referring them to a good resource if our business is not the best match to solve their problems. The trust and respect that it earns has been a major contribution to our success. We also ensure that this philosophy continues when prospects become our customers. It is gratifying to see people we help so appreciative. It makes us feel more like a community as opposed to just a company-customer relationship. It’s the power of giving that drives our cultural foundation and, as a result, we attract a customer base that remains with us long-term.
We believe strongly in listening to and learning from other people. It’s how we came up with the idea for our business. When we were starting our business, whenever we would have a conversation with our dad, he would say that he had ideas or suggestions, but it’s our job to figure out what we can apply to our business. For us, advice can fall under three different categories: useful, irrelevant or a catalyst for a new way of thinking. People will always offer new ideas and advice, even more so being business owners in our 20s, but it’s important to continually stay open to it because, whether we want to accept it or not, we don’t know everything.
– We endorse efficiency, short cycles of decisions and action.
– We believe that results are more powerful than suggestions
– Start working on improvement, take initiative, If it does not work, we still will have learned something
Live A Good Life is building a better way to develop business-to-business partnerships. In a recent study more than 75% of executives said strategic partnerships were vital to their growth but nearly half said they had trouble finding and connecting with the right strategic partner.