We live in a world of change. That’s nothing new. It’s always been so. And the only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
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The late management guru Stephen R. Covey made the words seven habits almost a brand name with the success of his bestselling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. But what of the seven habits of the highly unsuccessful, those who launch high-profile businesses only to have their dreams crash and burn, sometimes taking others’ personal savings with them?
There’s an old saying that cobblers see only the shoes on others, dentists focus on teeth, and tailors only look at clothes. As a businessman, I tend to see business principles wherever I look, including when I read parables in the scriptures.
“Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are.” Teddy Roosevelt said that more than a century ago, long before Twitter feeds and Instagram memes. Today, when some people still get sucked into the vortex of victimization and blame, the path to success—and even the definition of success—seems to be up for debate.
Now, perhaps more than ever, the success of organizations (not to mention entire industries) requires open and honest collaboration between individuals and teams. That may sound simple enough. But it requires a skill that eludes some people: asking for help.
There are few Book of Mormon promises found more often than this one that states, “If you keep the commandments you will prosper in the land,” but does this apply to prospering by owning a business as well?
In this age of “cancel culture,” many people are reluctant to speak their minds for fear of being ridiculed, shamed, or even banished. A superior, holier-than-thou mindset seems to be the new favorite tool of bullies. But more subtle versions have been seen in the workplace for as long as any of us can remember. Here’s an example.