Book Intro

In 25 years of being the boss I can say with honesty that I still have more to learn. I might add that I have learned a few things along the way. The danger in being an Alpha person in business for so long is that you may actually convince yourself that everything you do is right. It is sometimes difficult to take a step back and look at your decisions with objectivity and honesty. When there are few in positions above to offer their advice, your perspective is sometimes the only perspective you end up going by. Of course if things go wrong one hopefully figures out where things went south before it’s too late.

Have you ever lost a key employee because of something you did or didn’t do? Have you ever been at the helm and had people who you not only hired but trained just not cut it in the end? Have you ever let something continue that was harmful for the company because you missed the warning signs that were there for almost everyone to see? By now I guess you can figure out that I have. Am I just honest and brave in admitting this, or am I honest and dumb? Maybe a little bit of each. Bravery probably has the least to do with it, because it is easy to admit to something that most others in your position have done as well. Somewhere along the way it seems that one of my biggest strengths has become admitting my weaknesses. This at first read may not seem to qualify me to advise others. However it is only when you really understand where you’ve gone wrong that you will learn what it takes to do it right!

In the world of business we can be so busy driving to the net that we often don’t take the time to review the game and our own performance in it at the end of the day. And even if we do, unless we have the right mindset we will be watching repeat performances of the same old mistakes, day after day and year after year, but not making the necessary adjustments to become successful or make it to the next level. In one’s business life or personal life I believe one of the key goals should be not to live in re-run mode one’s entire existence. Although many do just that, I also believe there is freedom from that type of repetitive, non learning way of life. I am a firm believer in hope for the future, as in a hope to change and grow to become better family people, better friends, better leaders and better business people, but hope without a game plan is only wishful thinking. Hope without an action plan only makes it easier to accept the moment of difficulty that you or your business may be presently facing—and hope alone will do nothing to get you to your desired goal.

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