Are you stuck because of what you know?

Waiter
Waiter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After a movie the other evening we went to a local restaurant where we were served by a waiter who had just started at the restaurant. His manner was uncaring, his attention to detail lacking and his insistence that we order more wine was rude. When the second glass of wine did come, it was a sweet red wine but he tried to con us into believing that there was something wrong with our taste buds.

A waiter who has been at this local restaurant for several years overheard our conversation, took away the two sweet red wine glasses and replaced them with a dry red. We thanked her.

This story isn’t about moaning about poor customer service. Rather it’s about a man who has worked as a butcher for a small butchery but at his age feels aggrieved that he wasn’t able to get shares in the small business. So he has branched out into learning the restaurant business, starting out as a waiter. Continue reading “Are you stuck because of what you know?”

Are you satisfied with the first idea that “pops” into your head?

A common brand of vegetable peeler in China.
A common brand of vegetable peeler in China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As soon as people reach the right answer, they stop thinking. But this is not a good approach for the entrepreneurial minded person who wants to come up with a new product or service.

Business people are praised for being dynamic and decisive. In typical operational decision-making, the quick decision gets results. Not so with strategic decision-making where the first plan that comes into your head may not have been thought through optimally. Continue reading “Are you satisfied with the first idea that “pops” into your head?”

Does your idea have one of these 12 mistakes?

binderlayingopenWill my idea fly?

How often have you said that to yourself?

When you come up with a new business idea you have no way of knowing whether it will be a winner or whether it will flop.

You’ll only know three months, six months, maybe a year down the line…

… after you’ve spent your hard earned savings investing in your new product or service, trying to get it off the ground. Continue reading “Does your idea have one of these 12 mistakes?”