Business is a battle. As a manager or business owner, you’re the one making the calls and the wellbeing of your business is directly linked to your decisions.
What considerations are you making when making your decisions? Are you reacting to what’s happening? Or are you creating a solution?
Sniper! Sergeant told him. I didn’t know his name or recognize his face. Must be a new man, but he was a cool one. I would try to keep that in mind. Where is he? Did anyone see a muzzle flash?
That’s what counts first in a fire fight. Not the casualties, but where the fire is coming from. ~ The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea by James Brady
In this situation, a man was shot by a sniper in the field. Rather than spend attention and time lamenting over the wounded, the first priority was to locate the threat and eliminate it. Take a minute to think about that – I did and it spoke volumes. This one simple paragraph changed how I have been addressing the symptoms of my work, life, and business.
There is a powerful lesson to be learned here. Business is a firefight. Life is a firefight. You may have a casualty or a wounded soldier, but addressing that is not nearly as valuable as locating and eliminating the threat.
Some questions to ask yourself:
- What are your top three trouble spots of your business?
- Think through those trouble spots – what is the cause of the problem?
- What is the cause of that cause?
- What can you do to address the problem?
Thanks to the Jocko Willink podcast for turning me onto this book!