My Dad subscribed to the brute force method of fine carpentry. He believed everything could be fixed with a big screwdriver and a hammer. If a door frame wasn’t quite plumb, just loosen it with the screwdriver and give it a couple of whacks.
Business can be like that. If something isn’t quite right we can often force it into place with a few good whacks of hard work and effort. But these quick fixes in business and carpentry often come back to haunt us because we were addressing only symptoms.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Abraham Maslow
When challenged we tend to reach for the life or business tool that gives us immediate but temporary relief – rather than looking at core causes and selecting a tool that eliminates the problem permanently. Your life and your business works to the degree that you apply the right tool to make it work.
But what can you do when you know you don’t have the right tool for the job? You could apprentice with someone with a bigger toolbox.
If your life or business feels like you’ve whacked it into place once too often, perhaps it’s time to hire a professional coach with more of the right tools in his box? Coaches are paid for resourcefulness.
By focusing on what, you the client, most want to create, it’s our job to suggest practical tools, methods, approaches, concepts and exercises that will accelerate your focused progress. If what you need isn’t already in my toolbox, you and I will create a customized solution to resolve your issue.
Remember the story of the craftsman who saved the day by getting an essential piece of machinery running again? He inspected the machine, took out his hammer, tapped once and fixed it. Later his customer was surprised to get a $500 bill for a five minute fix. The craftsman explained his bill. “That’s $5 for tapping and $495 for knowing where to tap.”
Professional business coaches not only know what tool to use but they know when to tap, where to tap and to what degree.
Here’s a tool I often use to clear the air and see where we are. Continuing with our hammer theme, a few words from a master.
Hammer time – Break it down. MC Hammer
Breaking things down so you can see where you are is essential to business prosperity. From my observation, we make business far too complicated. Lately I’ve been on a quest to ruthlessly simplify my own business.
Ruthless simplification is powerfully transformative.
The effect of uncovering and releasing foggy purpose activities is astonishing.
Business coaches are paid to guide business growth. You don’t need to hire a coach to maintain – you hire us for movement.
Break It Down Business Tool
I’ve found that the best way to break something down is to decide where you are in this laser-like process. Regardless of what you want from your small business, your growth opportunity will be at one of these stages. Select the stage where you think you are and then apply your answer to the accompanying question.
Clarity – What do I need to see more clearly?
Decision – What unmade decision demands my attention?
Creation – What do I most what to create now?
Action – What can I do now?
Then work with your business coach to apply tools of clarity, decision, creation or action. Apply the right tool, at the right time, with the right touch and you’ll produce your desired outcome.
Business like life is neither difficult nor easy. Both are how you see them and how you make them.
Have the courage to apply ruthless simplification to your own life or business? Join me on May 20, for this powerful, free, group coaching experience: Making Room for What You Want.