What you don’t see in the photo to the left is my laptop…other than that you see most of the essentials required for a day of writing: an interesting mug, gourmet tea, a mug full of pens and pencils, a phone [in case my daughters call] and a tv set. You see I work to movies and tv shows. Other people work in a void of silence or to music or the chatter and clatter of office background. Since I have the luxury of working at home [home-based solo-preneur] I get to choose my working detritus. I try to work with what I’ve got. Hopefully a muse is in there somewhere.
I find great value in trying. In the word Try. I define try as:
- making an attempt
- putting forward an effort
- endeavoring risk
- gingerly going forward
- not quite confident
- a little south of competent as yet
WordReference.com dictionary adds: earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
Ever since George Lucas gave the planet the sage wisdom of Yoda’s “Do or do not…there is no try,” all the emphasis has been on accomplishment. Get it done. Skip the experiment and go straight for success.
That might be a bit overblown, but I think we’ve forgotten how much value there is in trying. In business:
- Try to communicate with the consumer, not at the consumer – give a shot at thinking about how cool it would be to see potential customers as people rather than numbers on a spreadsheet
- Try to negotiate a better workplace environment for the sake of the employees not the bottom line – maybe paychecks won’t get any bigger this year but perhaps management could try something unexpected like letting the employees start a flower and vegetable garden out back and giving them work time to till the soil
- Try out “please” and “thank you” and see what they feel like – infusing a little courtesy into business interactions just might bring in new customers and mend fences
- Try to think how it would feel to have your success measured in respect rather than notoriety
- Try out having your corporate image based on people rather than products
- Try giving something away that costs you something
It can be scary and risky to “try” something new. But in the trying lay the seeds of success.
- Have an open meeting. Set aside a day and invite all employees from the top of the pay scale on down to the mailroom and delivery drivers and let them give you [the vision holder] their vision for their jobs and the company they work for
- Invite hourly employees to have lunch on your tab – ask them to bring photos of their families and listen to their stories
- Give every employee one of the products they work so hard to make – oh my gosh! you might just have to take a hit on inventory, but maybe the benefits would be pride and increased productivity [your company makes automobiles? Okay you’re not going to give every employee an actual car, but what if you commissioned a model of that car and gave each employee a numbered edition of it as a collectible?]
- Train your people. If you can’t hire it done, do it yourself. The more your people know about their own jobs, upgrades in the systems they use, the products they make and sell, the more they will feel valued.
- Are you the CEO of a large business who gets a really big salary and bonus? Great. Use your bonus or one month’s salary and buy every employee a new chair and keyboard.
- Put a dream board in the lobby/entry of the main building where everyone, both employees and others, can see it. Have everyone who is employed put words and pictures on this board that reflect their dreams for the business.
There is one thing I recommend not trying but doing and that is being grateful. If you own a business don’t just try to be grateful for your employees and customers, be grateful and let them know you are grateful.
All-in-all, try to try harder at trying and have a successful year.