The Three R’s

We all learned the three R’s in school: Reading, Writing and ‘Rithmetic. The drills, the great and not-so-great stories read (raise your hand if you still miss Sally, Dick and Jane?), and oh the endless sentence diagramming!

Now I want you to think about a different three R’s. Resilience, Re-energize, and Re-connect. Whether you’re reading my blog for business tips or for personal growth advice, these three words are critical to your path.

For your Business:

Resilience means the ability to weather a storm. It saddens me when road construction for an extended period causes small businesses to close or when customers change but businesses serving them do not adapt and do not survive. Resilience comes from knowing your strengths as well as your weaknesses. Developing your strengths and overcoming weaknesses. Managing expectations as well as cash flow. Do you make a good first impression? What about a good last impression? Why do your regular customers stay regular? Do you know? Did you ask or are you assuming? How are you developing your talent? Yourself as a leader?

Re-energize your business. Is it still fun? Do you look forward to going to work every day? What would make it fun? Are profits lagging? Why? Who among your competition is successful? What do they do differently in terms of product or service?

Re-connect to your roots. Can you still do the jobs you were doing when you started the business? When was the last time you walked the floor? Talked with customers and suppliers? Had a staff meeting? Had fun with your team?

On a personal level, the three R’s can be more challenging. Resilience is the most difficult to accomplish and might be preceded by the other two. In order to have the strength – and I mean mental, physical, spiritual and financial – to weather life’s storms, you need to be able to sustain your energy both physically and mentally as well as stay connected to your values and the people most important to you.

This seems like a daunting task, but tomorrow we’ll talk about where to begin on a personal level to master the 3 R’s just like we did in school. One lesson at a time.

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