I’ve used golf analogies before in a blog post, but I’m pretty convinced you could write an entire book comparing golf to business practices. Maybe today’s post could be a chapter…
You always hear the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well, turn this around and you have “if it is broke, you sure as heck better fix it.” Right? Stay with me…
I’ve played golf for a long time. Unfortunately, I’ve never played it consistently enough to actually get good at it, but I’m fairly confident I can play 18 holes without embarrassing myself. The thing with golf is that so many people just pick up a club and start swinging on their own, the way that they swing the club is automatically putting them at a disadvantage. Their head moves all over the place, their arms swing like they’re noodles, and they practically fall over when they swing. The funny thing is how many people think that they can get better by keeping their current swing and just doing it better.
If you swing like Charles Barkley, I feel pretty confident saying that you will never reach your potential as a golfer. Adjustments need to be made. You need to take lessons from an expert. If you don’t do this, I hope you’ve got some extra money because you’re going to be losing balls left and right.
This seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it? Then why are there businesses out there that have a poor business model that think that if they can just operate more efficiently and work harder, they’ll be successful? If the principles your business operates on suck, then you’re results are going to suck too! I’m not sure if I can put it any more simply than that.
I started to address these questions in the post, but I really want to see what everyone thinks about them in the comments (I’ll throw some ideas out there too!) So, our topic for discussion today is: What are some good ways to identify if your business’ “swing is broken?” and how can you go about fixing it?
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