ARE YOU HAVING A PROFESSIONAL GROUND HOG DAY?

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I remember seeing the movie Ground Hog Day and thinking how hilarious it was to wake up every day and repeat the previous day over. We would not want that life but how many of us have Ground Hog Day at our business or our career?

How many of us get up in the morning when the alarm rings, go to the office, go through emails, catch up on uncompleted work, start the day’s work, take phone calls, try to meet the day’s deadlines, go home, tell everyone what a busy day we had, go to bed, get up in the morning when the alarm rings……   Like Bill Murray in the movie, have you come to the realization that you are doomed to do the same thing every day?

Break the cycle!

As I have mentioned before, when this lack of purpose happens, you are working IN your business rather than ON your business. If people do not see the need for change, they won’t do it. And they usually don’t see the need because they are not looking.

How many times have you heard the phrase, “We’ve always done it that way”? You may have even said it yourself. The next time you hear it or catch yourself saying it turn things around. Ask, “Why are we doing it this way?” Will this help us achieve our goals? Is this the best way, the best solution? If you don’t get satisfactory answers it is time to make a change.

So, let’s get started. Step back and assess your business and create a strategy going forward.

What business are you really in and who are your customers? This may sound simple but companies as big as Kodak found that they were really in the imaging business not chemical photography but they just decided to continue with their cash cow rather that moving to digital. How will companies Amazon and Uber affect your strategy? What is your unique value proposition; what sets you apart from your competition? How do you get customers?

How does this business really work? What processes and procedures are in place to facilitate the smooth operation of the business when you are not present?

Are you easy to do business with? Is your business structured to meet the needs of your customers? Are all your processes aligned to customer needs? How does your business build loyal customers?

How do you spend you time? Are you working on planning and strategy and monitoring result? OR Are you spending time working on the minutia?

 

Results

What exactly does all of this mean? It means you manage for RESULTS. Instead of concerning yourself with the way things are done ask instead what purpose the activity achieves. If it does not produce a desired business result scrap it.

When you see things from a strategic perspective you will be able to avoid letting the tactical things control you and create Ground Hog Day.  For a similar post on our web site see DO YOU HAVE A GROUNDHOG DAY AT YOUR BUSINESS?

Are you ready to get off the Merry-go-round and break out in your business?

Contact us to learn more

or call 914-953-4458.

 

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George Souto
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Grant sometimes it does seem like we are just going through the motions.  That can be a routine that is tough to get out of sometimes.

Feb 04, 2019 02:53 PM #17
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There is so much to do in the real estate business...and if it is monotony to some... perhaps they need to change their way of doing business.  For me, I am getting up earlier to exercise before answering my phone.

Feb 04, 2019 04:31 PM #18
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Grant - very creative with memorable advice. Worth repeating. Over and over.

Feb 05, 2019 06:10 AM #19
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Gabe Sanders
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Good morning Grant.  I went outside on Saturday and saw my shadow, so I'm expecting six more weeks of success.  

Feb 05, 2019 07:49 AM #20
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Grant Schneider
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George - that can in fact be a habit that needs to change.

Rebecca - there you go.  That sounds like a good plan.

Michael -  ha ha, yes that is right.

Gabe - ha ha,  great rejoinder!

Feb 05, 2019 10:26 AM #21
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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We all need to step back and look at what we do, and see if we can do it better or differently or even drop it completely. Good reminder to look at what we are doing every day.

Feb 05, 2019 10:34 AM #22
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Nick - it is hard for some people to stop and step back sometimes.

Feb 05, 2019 10:47 AM #23
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much, Grant, for sharing your advice and your experience.

Feb 05, 2019 01:24 PM #24
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Wow what an awesome post Grant and love the differentiation, I get sometimes lost in being in my business rather than working on my business, but that is why we need advice coming from you to get us back on track, Endre

Feb 05, 2019 10:33 PM #25
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Roy - you are welcome.  Thanks for your support.

Endre - when get busy it is sometimes hard to see the whole forest for the trees.

Feb 06, 2019 06:23 AM #26
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Grant, came back to read all the comments, and like Gabe's the best - six weeks more of success! 

Feb 07, 2019 05:47 AM #27
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Joan - yes, that is really clever, isn't it?

Feb 07, 2019 08:02 AM #28
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Kat Palmiotti
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Sometimes we need to take a step back, look at what we are doing and how successful it is or isn't, and make any necessary changes. 

Feb 09, 2019 06:49 AM #29
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This is a timely post and such great advice. I have been shaking things up in my business life and making many changes. It’s exciting and scary but feels really good. 

Feb 09, 2019 07:14 AM #30
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Grant, important advice to keep in mind. Especially, with all the changes in real estate this year that we might be seeing.

Feb 09, 2019 12:57 PM #31
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Kat - that is right and that is what is required to work ON your business.

Joyce - your shaking up will have a good outcome.

Steffy - oh yes, that is for sure.

Feb 09, 2019 06:49 PM #32
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What a novel approach and I love the analogy too, Grant! Excellent post and sage advice, as always!

Feb 10, 2019 03:44 PM #33
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I never thought about it being a more or less professional day but about doing what you have to do to get the job done. :)

Feb 11, 2019 11:24 PM #34
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Debe Maxwell, CRS I love a fresh approach whenever possible to multiple things in my life and I just kind of let it go with the flow from there.

Feb 11, 2019 11:25 PM #35
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Debe - thank you.  I loved making the comparison.

Laura - doing the same thing and expecting the same result is insane.

Feb 12, 2019 04:35 AM #36
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