Get a better answer.
Our mind is programmed to answer the questions we ask of it.
What colour is the sky?
Even if you tried, you couldn’t help but think of ‘blue’ could you?
So, what questions are you asking yourself day in and day out? And are they serving you?
If we spend our time asking things like ‘why do I always fail?’, ‘why won’t it work out for me?’ or ‘what have I done wrong?’… Then the answers are not going to serve us.
What if instead you were to ask ‘why am I certain to make this a success?’, ‘how can I make this work out for me?’, ‘what am I doing really well?’…
I am thrilled to see the progress we are making in Queenstown. We have asked questions like ‘how do we ease traffic congestion?’ and we are slowly getting fixes.
But I still think we need to zoom out and answer the question, ‘what do we want to become?’
What is the target that we are aiming for? What are the ‘fixes’ moving us towards?
“If a man knows not what harbour he seeks, any wind is the right wind.” Seneca.
I’m still not sure we 100% know what harbour we are seeking.
When building a business strategy, you need three things; a vision, a diagnosis, and a governing approach.
The vision of the business is the target you’re aiming for, the diagnosis is the problem that is in the way, and the governing approach is the overall way you are going to solve that problem.
Without a vision you might be solving problems, but for what? Are they problems that need solving? Could solving those problems actually make the situation worse?
Bad entrepreneurs shoot then paint a target around the hole in the wall and say “that’s what I was aiming for.” Good entrepreneurs paint the target, aim and then shoot.
Ask a better question, get a better answer. Paint a target that moves you in a direction you want to go in.
When it comes to your business, what’s more important, revenue or profit?
I run a course called Board of Directors. Business owners join me for two days every three months and we go deep on their businesses, and their own personal psychology.
Recently we got some HR people in to help us improve our professional development program at MedRecruit.
People often talk about the impact they want to have… In the future.
After a crisis, most people aim to get back to the state they were in before the crisis.
Recently the World Medical Association ratified a change to the Declaration of Geneva, the modern-day Hippocratic Oath, the value-set of doctors worldwide, to include the health and wellbeing of doctors.
I was recently speaking to a group of corporates.
And I had to smile.
I speak to a lot of groups of people AND Purpose is something that I’m big on, and it invariably leads to someone asking the question, “I don’t know what I want to do. What should I do?”
“When is it giving up, and when is it changing direction?” is a question I get asked a lot.
Some people like beer.
Some people like wine.