Saturday, August 16, 2014

Who is on Your Team?


            Mark Twain once said, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great.”  During most of our waking hours we are surrounded by people.  In business, many of these individuals are people who we choose to invite into our lives.  Two types of people exist in the world.  There are people who give us energy, and there are people who take it away from us.  

            The smart entrepreneur needs to surround him or herself with a team of people who provide a consistent positive energy charge to take you to the next level.  Look at the people around you.  Who gives you energy?  Who absolutely sucks it out of you on a regular basis?  Be honest with yourself.  Disregard who has been on your team the longest.  No extra points should be given for the client or customer who generates high profits.  Be brutally honest here.  If you were stuck in a life boat or stranded on a desert island, who would you want with you?

            Now the challenge, set a goal and make a plan for eliminating the energy suckers from your life.  Don’t just passively try to ignore them and hope they will change or go away.  They won’t.  Once an energy sucker finds a host from which to drain energy they rarely go away voluntarily.  If the energy drainer is a team member, plot a plan to find a replacement.  If it is a client or customer, be proactive and creative about finding replacement revenue.  Eliminating the energy thieves from our lives is a sure way to build a stronger business and a more productive future.


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