I remember it well – getting to the end of a busy workweek, only to realize that the next workweek had already started! Some days I felt like a gerbil in a spinning wheel – lots of activity, but little real progress. Then I discovered the wisdom of the ON/IN™ principle…
Simply stated, the ON/IN™ principle encourages us to…
So what is working ON, not just IN, the business?
It is taking time to ask, “What work should I be doing?”
It is focusing your time and energy not just on doing your work, but also working on how your work could be done more effectively and efficiently.
It is making intentional plans to improve revenues, control costs, and enhance the nature and extent of your value rendered to customers. It employs three planning strategies:
- Grow yourself
- Grow your people
- Grow your business
The following is a summary of the blog posts that I’ve written about the ON/IN principle:
If You’re Tired of Fighting Alligators, Drain the Swamp! (How to Work ON the Business, Not Just IN the Business)
My business used to keep me up at night. It seemed like my list of worries was endless! Have you ever felt that way? I was about to burn out – working 7 days a week – when I realized there was a solution to my problems!
What does a fork in the road have to do with the ON/IN principle? If you want to lead well, you’ll use planning to make informed decisions (like which turn to take at a fork in the road). If you don’t plan, you’ll lead your people into a dead-end situation with no options and probable failure.
Every leader wants to retain their employees. Employee turnover can weigh an organization down, like an anchor. Part of working ON your business is working on what you communicate to your team. Read about how you can keep your people by answering these five important questions. Plus, a FREE download Employee Performance Evaluation Guide!
Do you want to grow your business? Do you want to achieve successful results that you have never seen before? Is something, or someone holding you back – limiting your personal growth? Discover how every leader can achieve out-of-the-ballpark results by addressing this key issue. Plus, a free download of my Goal Setting Workbook.
If you are willing to invest in and grow your people, you will experience significant results. They need a leader who will intentionally grow and stretch them. Think about it… if you do not invest in yourself, who will? Well… if you don’t invest in your people’s personal growth, who will?
Most of us are so busy working IN our business that we take little time to work ON our business. Even when we slow down a bit and pull away from the hectic daily grind, we don’t know what to do that will really amp up our leadership and impact our business.
The eight simple questions that I share in this blog post can be an excellent guide – showing you some concrete ways to lead your own organization. You can click <here> for the free leadership download “8 Questions That Will Grow Your Business”, and start growing your business today!
Join me and climb off the gerbil wheel today, by embracing the important principle of ON/IN!
Do you work ON your business, while you work IN it? What is one thing mentioned in the posts above, that you could implement to help grow your business? What has worked for you in the past? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas. You can continue the discussion by posting a comment <here>. Also, please share this blog post with a friend or colleague.