Welcome once again, Business View executives and friends. It’s been an interesting year, hasn’t it? Yes, it has (thought I’d go ahead and take the liberty of answering for you!) It’s important in years like these, that we take a moment to not only reflect, but to actually document the year’s “takeaways” or lessons, if you will, and to draft a plan for the future that incorporates the newly acquired lessons learned.
If you don’t mind, I’d like to take a quick break from my prepared sermon to tell you who we are, and why we’re qualified to discuss and advise in the manner that we so abrasively seem to do on many occasions. Our company is comprised of a staff of directors who have all had successful business careers as executives in a wide variety of sectors that include: Finance and Planning, Construction, Travel and Hospitality, Manufacturing, Franchising, Regional Government, Communications, Information Technology, Food and Beverage, Supply Chain and Logistics, and last but not least, the Advertising, Marketing and Publishing industries. We have literally “done it all,” and have all seen the top tier of our selected fields. For this reason, we find ourselves in the unique position of highlighting topics and businesses that we’ve thoroughly vetted and feel you could learn something from, as a top executive in your own field – whether you are thriving to attain levels that we’ve previously attained, or have even far surpassed any level that we would have ever dreamed of attaining.
This brings me to the point I was intending to make and back to my prepared sermon. There is much more wisdom and learning in the lessons acquired from failure, than there are in the lessons obtained from success. History has documented what many explorers, inventors, and artists have gone through to reach the top tier of their fields, and often, they recount the many failures they encountered, over time, in order to become successful at whatever was the objective of their highest desire. They do not wish, or choose, to run from the obstacles they faced in their attempts to reach a certain goal, merely because running from them, would only have taken them further away from the solution.
You show me an executive that has a hard time making crucial decisions at pivotal moments, and I’ll show you an executive that will undergo extreme pain and a lot more obstacles trying to solve the matter that was partly created as a result of his procrastination and indecisiveness. More than likely, I’ll be showing you an executive that is losing productivity, money, or respect in regards to the brand and/or reputation of the business.
In closing, as you put 2017 behind you, and look to make 2018 a beacon of light to steer the future of your company aggressively toward supreme abundance, be sure that you follow these two steps. First, write down those aspects of 2017 that you considered to be low points, missed opportunities, miscalculated decisions, failed production policies, or bright unincorporated ideas. Second, as opposed to not dealing with the pain of realizing and internalizing these failures, embrace them. Place them at the front of your 2018 journal of plans. Do not move beyond whatever fix or countermeasures needed to amend the situation, until it has been adequately addressed. You are a leader in your company for a reason. That reason is due to the resourceful creativity that you utilize in the process of problem solving; being unique, innovative, and lastly, more times than not, extremely effective. I look forward to us all seeing a beautiful and productive 2018, as we bid farewell to 2017.
Until next time, plan, build, and continue to prosper.