Short Term Thinking Leads to Bad Decisions
As small business owners, we get to create our own rules. We don’t have to buy in to the aggressive, zero-sum tactics of “business.” We have the opportunity to get closer to our customers in ways that are difficult for larger businesses.
But we still have to make money. And in the rush to profitability, this eagerness can pervert the process. We’ve all been there. You’re impatient. I am too.
When we start to rush, we look for shortcuts. We start to just “go for the sale.” The customer begins to feel “pushed” and can sense our desperation. This puts more distance between us and our customers, robbing us of our key advantage as small businesses.
Look to slow down the process instead. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but in this week’s episode, I talk about some key business principles that I learned from content marketing:
- Community growth can’t be rushed.
- Get comfortable with not having control.
- Learn to relish the indirect benefits.
- And ultimately, play the long game.
Listen to Episode 96 here or subscribe directly in iTunes.
Here are the links to the other episodes I mentioned:
- Business Isn’t “Just Business” – We Can All Be Nice to One Another
- How Do You Measure Trust? – Getting Past ROI as a Primary Measure
- Respect Your Audience – They’ll Come to You… When They’re Ready
- The Service Disposition – We Exist to Serve Others
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