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This month we have an
article by Mike Conroy
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relates an actual experience to the absolute necessity
to use the correct business tools and techniques to deal
with the current business climate.
Some of you may know that
a good adrenaline rush is what
I look for when I am looking for a relaxing break.
These days, my activity of choice is kiteboarding.
Two weeks ago there was a good forecast for wind at our usual
kiting spot. Our spot is a sand Island
four miles out in the middle of Barnegat Bay.
other kiters and I met at
the marina, and we packed up two Wave Runners with our gear. However, there
was an unanticipated
problem. Heavy fog was severely reducing our visibility. So we decided to
wait for the fog to clear. After about an hour the fog
cleared just a bit, so we decide to take the trip to the
island. Now, we
have taken this trip no less than 50 times, and itís only
a 15 minute ride north so a little fog shouldnít be a
Once we got out in the middle of
the bay the fog got thicker. So thick we could only see
about 20 feet in front of us. Now this is starting
to feel like a Stephen King movie! After about 90
riding and passing a small sand bar island twice, I knew we
were lost in the fog. We were cold, nervous, running
low on gas, running out of daylight, and in danger of getting stranded
in the bay.
Get a grip man!
I keep a map of the bay and a compass on my Wave Runner, I decided to find a buoy marker, get the number, and
locate it on my map, and break out the compass. We find
buoy #49, and locate our position on the map. We charted
the course we need to travel.
I handed the map
and compass to Vince, the kiter behind me, and appoint him
my navigator. I told him to point me in the
right direction which for some strange reason was still
North after ripping through the water in that direction for
90 minutes. Well we now
are ripping along for another Ĺ hour, and no sign of kite
island. Suddenly, a thought pops into my head. Maybe
Vince canít read the map and compass!
I immediately stop
and have that discussion and find out thatís exactly
what was happening. I made an error in assuming
Vince could read the compass and the map. How may times
have people been hired as service manager only to
discover they canít manage people?
had a quick discussion with Rob, the passenger on the
second Wave Runner, and this time I confirmed that he could read
the map and compass. I hand off the compass and map to
him. Got him up to speed on our location, and within 10
minutes we spotted kites in the air. We had arrived
at kite Island. Wow, thatís was an interesting journey!
back home was much easier even in the fog because we
were using the map and compass. Now, youíre asking,
the hell does this have to do with my business?"
had all been out to that island many times, however, this
time something changed. The environment changed, and we
needed to approach the journey in a different way. We
needed a compass and a map, and we needed to follow our
bearings to keep us on course.
Many of the clients Iíve
talked to recently are experiencing a very different
economic climate. Now
more than ever, they need a compass and map to navigate
these treacherous economic waters. They need to set
their coordinates or bearings towards a profitable course.
A working budget is your map and
compass, and your business'
coordinates are the key performance indicators that you
track on a regular basis. Without these critical
business tools and techniques to measure your
progress, you may wind up running in one big circle just
as I did on our simple trip.
The other problem you
may face is giving the wrong person the map and compass.
So even if you have your budget, you must have
your key performance indicators set. This way you can measure
your business' progress, and adjust your course
if you start to drift.
In this worsening economic climate, build your
working budget based on realistic productive hours using
a tool like Numbers Cruncher. But, you canít stop there.
You need to measure your progress to your own profit island.
You need software, like
Performance Dispatch Plus, to keep you on course by
showing your key daily, weekly, and monthly performance indicators.
Visually graphed indicators will keep you on course to
profitability, and even help
to ensure you have the right person using the map and compass.
Give me a call to discuss your
numbers, or your flat rate books.
Maybe I can help you navigate to your own business success.
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don't know too much about the problem.
There's an old saying about those who
forget history. I don't remember it, but it's good.
A large income is the best recipe for
happiness I ever heard of.
is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is
shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the
more I have of it.
If I only
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