Wednesday Words

To Go Where Your VisionPoints, a few inspiration points for you and your business.

No company can afford not to move forward. It may be at the top of the heap today but at the bottom of the heap tomorrow, if it doesn’t.
—James Cash (J.C.) Penney

J.C. Penney’s company, at the time when he said this, was definitely top of the heap. They’re middle-of-the-road, at best, now, and arguably not even that. This goes right back to what we were talking about in yesterday’s post: Of course, the customer in front of you right now is important, but if you put too much emphasis on the “right now” work and not enough emphasis on the big-picture and future-gains work, in the near future you’ll find your growth spluttering to a halt.

Ow.

We’ve all gone through times like that. The key is to recognize it before the company’s become an also-ran. Get those internal projects started. Make work *on* the business a critical part of your growth strategy (if you’re overworked and overwhelmed, I’d be glad to give you a hand), and start running hard for the lead again.

Leaders do something that folks at the bottom of the heap can’t or won’t do—

They lead their companies into the future.

It’s an active role. Don’t sit back and think growth will happen while you stand still.

 

Grow and be well,

Kelly Erickson