I found myself sitting in a room of folks listening to them talk about the number of projects they cranked out since the first of the year. Some of these groups had completed a lot more than others. They spoke of bottom-line numbers and then rewarded themselves for meeting a number. Good for them… I suppose.
As I silently left the conversation I started to compare their projects with our team’s. It was cut and dry, we run our business completely differently and have completely different results; We do more than hit our numbers, we duplicate excellence, and always plan past the objective. We do this by taking an entrepreneurial approach to everything we touch.
To quote the Savannah based law firm of Bart Meyer & Company, “We Build Trust through a Wealth of Relationships.”
The number one resource you have is People; trust them, build them up, and treat them well.
Here are a few steps we take in the successful management of our projects:
- We take ownership and full responsibility of our projects.
- We find what is working right and duplicate it, no matter how simple or silly it may be.
- We ask lots of questions in the planning process. Our philosophy is that a well planned project is about 60% complete.
- We don’t make Elephants climb trees. We ask what our vendors can do, share our vision of the project, lay out all the requirements, and ask again if they can meet the criteria. If they cannot, we ask how we can help them.
- We see our vendors as PEOPLE first. They, like us, have kids and colds and homework. They have families, marriages, funerals; some are fighting cancer others helping elderly parents. Some days are good and others have plenty of opportunity for improvement. Our team is no different.
- Our team knows a lot but our vendors know more. …so we ask more questions
These are only but a few steps that have been the secret to our success. Success will breed success. Share information with your vendors. Help them succeed even outside of your business. Recommend them to your neighbor, the car dealer, plumber, accountant. You will win every time.
Question: How have strong relationships helped you win in business? Personally and Professionally.