The biggest problem with your business is…
We all have people we admire in business, one person I hold in enormously high regard is ‘Michael Gerber’ author of that famous 80’s business book ‘The E Myth’.
Gerber has just celebrated his 80th birthday but he still writes and presents seminars to audiences all over the world. I first saw him speak in the late 1980’s and have seen him several times since and he gets even better with age.
It’s All Your Fault!
I attended a couple of seminars with him last year and in one of them he walked on stage and said to the audience “The biggest problem with your business is you!”
That’s pretty provocative stuff to some people but then he went on to say…
“The biggest single problem with every company is the person who owns it. And until you accept that and your need to blame everything and everyone else, nothing will change.”
Now, as much as it really annoys the audience, most people know that ultimately it’s true.
I will add a bit of me onto the end of what he says and that is that, “Yes you are the problem but you are also the solution!”
Your business is a reflection of you!
So first of all congratulate yourself, because whatever stage your business is at, at least you have done what many people only dream about, ‘You opened your own business, you made it happen and I am sure that it wasn’t easy!
As the owner of a salon, your business is a reflection of who and where you are at this point on your journey, both ‘the good the bad and the darn right ugly’. And in order for it to change, first of all you need to change because if ‘YOU’ don’t change and grow, your BUSINESS never will!
I have written 4 books, I think my best book is ‘GROW 2 Management’ but it’s also the one that has sold the least copies. I think that that is because it’s about ‘you’ the manager and what ‘you’ need to do! What ‘you’ need to change.
But most owners and managers blame everyone and everything else as the problem, but change starts with you!
I’m Not the Problem!
Often owners and managers say to me, “Look Antony ‘I’m not the problem it’s them! If only they were like me! I don’t need a seminar, coaching, or a book, fix them they’re the problem!”
Look, if your people aren’t motivated or productive, ultimately it’s because YOU are yet to learn something about people management, recruitment, training, or how to motivate and lead your people!
If your business isn’t getting enough new clients, ultimately it’s because YOU are yet to learn something about the positioning of your brand, promotions, how to deliver a great client experience, and marketing.
If your business is chaos, it’s because YOU are yet to learn something about organisational skills, developing systems, time management and delegation.
And if your business has a problem with money, once again ultimately it’s because YOU are yet to learn something about pricing or cash flow management or budgets or setting targets or coaching your team or financial control.
As Michael Gerber says “The biggest single problem with every company is the person who owns it. And until you accept that and your need to blame everything and everyone else, nothing will change.”
If I can help you with books check out the store on the link below. If you haven’t already got it, ‘GROW 2 Management’ might be a good place to start.
And if you’re interested in either 1-1 coaching or seminars for yourself or your team email me at firstname.lastname@example.org