Like many of you, I’m tired of the weather here in the Northeast. I don’t feel like going outside for fear of losing a limb to frostbite. I’m not always motivated to do things differently because I’m in “burrow in” mode with work and home. I have to maintain focus on what I do enjoy about my business.
One of my favorite parts of business is the overuse of clichés. People can string sentences together that mean absolutely nothing. “Put some fires out”, “square off some corners”, “tee it up” and “deeper dive” are a few of my top picks. So when people say “think out of the box” my eyes glaze over. Who sits in the box and thinks anyway? EXACTLY.
As many of you know, my son turned one on Jan 1. He is a continual source of entertainment, joy and inspiration. He was at daycare with all of the toys in the world around him. The sitter sent me this photo of him smiling from ear to ear. She had just unpacked a retail shipment and left the box out momentarily. Instead of playing with the same old toys, he gave sitting IN THE BOX a whirl. And look how happy he is.
As we listen to Johanna Baralle from Paychex at the BCPWN First Friday Luncheon talk about strategic planning and business cycles, remember to force yourself think differently for a fresh perspective. Immerse yourself, get inside the problems or projects you are facing. Let me know how it goes and if we can help you in any way!