"If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."
--- Vince Lombardi
You may have looked at the books and saw that business is either down or stagnant and you are wondering why. You look at the performance of your key personnel and you can't find anything wrong with the way they are producing. If your business isn't doing what you think it should be doing, and if it's not going in the direction you want it to, it may be time to fire someone...you!
Maybe it is time to look at your own performance. This is one of the most difficult things for business leaders to do. We know we have our act together because we set the rules and drew up the course of direction for the company. This is our baby that we feed, nurture, train, mold, and constantly tweak to squeeze out profits. The problem cannot be with the one who created the business.
"Being fired was the best luck of my life. It made me stop and reflect. It was the birth of my life as a writer."
--- Jose Saramago
To determine if you should be fired, look at where the business is heading and take an honest evaluation of yourself to see if it might be you who is holding the business back from growing further. Sometimes we are the biggest obstacle but because of our egos, we tend to want to blame others for the circumstances of the business.
An inward review is one of the best things that can happen to your business. If we can see, either on our own or with the help of the honesty of others, that we have been a hindrance to our business, then we can take the necessary steps to make the business better by either changing, hiring someone else, and getting out of the way.
"Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired."
--- Lou Holtz
If you cannot change for the sake of the business, try this out: fire yourself immediately. Then, if you think you can handle it, reapply for the position. But first, take inventory to see if you qualify for job. Do you have the patience, know-how, temperament, and skills to handle it?
"I'm in a position of feeling secure enough so that I can say what I think is right and if so many people think it's wrong that I get fired, well, I've got enough to eat."
--- Andy Rooney
If you think you are up for it, then you might have a chance. Rehire yourself if that is true, but do so with some plans for making changes in your first 60 days of employment. First, hire someone to handle those areas you are weak in. For example, if you need an executive assistant, bookkeeper, manager, or supervisor, make plans to hire that person immediately. Depending on your area of the country, you may have to spend anywhere from $40,000 to $80,000 a year, but the cost is worth the growth if you've determined that you are hiring for an area you typically screw up in.
We all think that we can handle all of these tasks better than anyone else can. That is only true up to a point. Once your business begins to grow beyond a certain level, it is time to delegate some tasks to those who can do it better and save your business from shipwrecking.
"Here's the thing, you just have to drive a lot faster, and if you don't get there, we're both fired."
--- Bill Murray
Take stock of your performance today and see if it is you who is in the way of progress. If you find that to be true, spend a little to hire talent who can do the work while freeing you up to lead the business. Getting fired may be the best thing that ever happens to your business.
Rivets - Two 'Right' Ways
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I've installed vinyl over millions of rivets, and I've tried every technique and tool imaginable. Here are the two ways I have found to be the best possible methods.
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These articles are written with the beginner in mind, many times there are several answers to the same problem. In this format, the answer comes from my years of experience in the screenpriting industry both as an equipment manufacturer and first and foremost, a screenprinter. The information presented in these articles is general in scope and written with these basics in mind.
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