I used to work for Andersen Consulting, now known as Accenture. One of the things I most admired about “the firm” was the fact that the company never stood still, it was always looking to reinvent itself. In addition to admiring that quality it was also something that drove many employees nuts!
Fast forward to today and as a business owner I value that lesson in business, as much as any I have ever had!
Even when things are going really well we need to be looking forward, anticipating the coming changes that will affect us and developing the strategies that will make us a successful company “in the tough times”.
Eagle started life as a pure IT Staffing company and enjoyed good success from day one. I can vividly remember sitting with a friend of mine who had also worked at Andersen Consulting and him asking me, “Is Eagle successful because it is really good at everything it should be, or are you successful because the market is hot”?
Ouch! I was a little flippant with my answer, but Bob was a guy who was not going to let me off that easily! I replayed that conversation again and again. He was right! I was very happy that things were going well but the success was masking underlying issues, and fixing those during the good times was the right thing to do!
The last blog entry I wrote was called Push Yourself … and it opened with the following statement. Sometimes we need to be reminded of lessons that we learned some time ago … and forgot.
Well the same thing applies to managers and business owners. Are you complacent? Do you push to be better? Do you think that just because things are going well today you can “take a breather”? If you answered yes, then you are living dangerously. This is a very competitive world and victory goes to he/she that earns it!
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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