I was really hungry and craving a good, healthy meal. Cooking was not an option and I didn’t want to drive too far so I settled on a nearby restaurant that offered homestyle southern dishes.
Earlier in the year, I was sitting and talking with the owner about her aspirations for her restaurant. There were a lot of good things about the restaurant, the food was tasty and the owner knew her craft. But the restaurant was now closed. What happened?
When I sat down with the restaurant owner to discuss her business, she knew there were challenges. They were suffering from some operational issues, vision clarity, and marketing. I asked a series of questions, but the first thing I wanted to know was how committed the owner was to make the necessary changes. She said she was, but I’ve found that verbal responses are less reliable than the action one takes. I’ve also found the more uncomfortable, ugly or difficult, the more things get brushed aside.
Unfortunately, nothing can be hard to recognize so let me share what it might look like:
- Your employers and/or contractors are not doing the work. Your response: Nothing.
- Your managers are not managing. Your response: Nothing
- Your operations, marketing, and sales efforts are failing. Your response: Nothing.
- You are unorganized and unclear on the best next moves. Your Response: Nothing.
- You know challenges need to be addressed and changes need to be made. Your response: Nothing
The magnitude of nothing is huge. When things are amiss and nothing is done the problem doesn’t go away, it escalates. Challenges can be relentless, but you have to stand up to them anyway.
So what can you do? I’m going to tell you when you join me for my upcoming webinar, It’s Time to Stand Up to the Ugly Side of Business.