Category Archives: Management

Wasting your Talents

Recently, I read an article. It was terrible. Greatest receiver of all time, calling out the most talented receiver of all time. Jerry Rice versus Randy Moss.

talents

Without a doubt two of the biggest game changers the game has ever seen. In the article Jerry Rice bluntly states:

He could have been one of the greatest if he had worked just a little bit harder.

When I read the article, I could help but think of the parable of the talents. The owner, gives every worker the same amount of “talent” then comes back and says, “What have you done with what I gave you”?

WHOA! This is kind of scary. What if God asks us the same thing? What if he has given us our gifts and then expects us to use them? Novel idea, I know. Earth shattering revelation.

I’ve been THAT guy. I’ve been the guy with talent that skated by using my God given abilities, and not giving it a second thought. I spent the first 30 years of my life as THAT guy. I’m sick of it. Time to take names.

What have you done with YOUR talents? Have they been buried in the ground? Are you using half of your talents? Buried the other half? Do you even know where they are?

Do the Hard thing

When you own a business, it is usually pretty easy to see which choice is best for the company. The difficulty comes when you are required to make a decision that doesn’t clearly benefit your company, but is no doubt the right choice, even if it benefits the client, business partner of even the competitor.

  • Are you able to call in a competitor to help when you get in over your head?
  • Are you able give the lead to a business partner or competitor when you know you don’t have time?
  • Are you able to “fire” a client when you know it is in the best interest of your company and the client?

Gaining or keeping business, is not always the right thing. These decisions may clearly help someone else, but in the end, your business is the one that benefits most. You did the right thing. You made the hard decision. And people notice that.
Are you making those difficult decisions? Decisions that on the surface appear to be crazy. Tell me about them.