Monthly Archives: May 2012

Grey: The New Black

For those of you who have never seen Emperor’s New Groove, Kronk (the big guy) has been ordered by the evil Empress to get rid of the current Emperor, Kuzco (guy in bag down stream), so that she may take over the throne.  That’s where we find our troubled friend.  After he carries out what was ordered he begins to have second thoughts and discusses with his good side and bad side about his decision.

Now I know this is a little corny but have you ever found yourself in a situation where you go back and forth about if something is right to do?  There is a great difference between black and white and sadly most of us can’t seem to keep the two sides separate.  We tend to pick piece of white and black logic and mix them together to create a decision that is “right” for us.  This is the grey area.

When in making decisions in business, there are plenty of decisions made in the grey area.  I see it every day from “making a bluff” to get a client to do what you want to hiring illegal workers for the kitchen of your restaurant.  These decisions seem fine and manageable at first but eventually more grey decisions are going to have to be made to cover for the first.  The worst part is that in time you will be caught.  Then all your work goes down the drain and you are no longer reliable.

Relationships are key in business and you can’t build a network of relationship on grey decisions.  Trust is a must for relationships and grey decision destroy that trust.  Your relationships are also a network; all connected to each other.  One decision can affect the entire network.

Why risk damaging your network and reputation?  As hard as it may be, keep white and black separate and make the right decision.  Grey may look like a third option but it’s just the new black.


The New Guy

Do you remember what it was like to be in Elementary School?  Middle School?  High School?  Do you remember what it was like to be the new guy?  You, like many others, probably did anything to fit in.

Now do you remember starting your first job?  Still have to find a way to fit in, to build rapport with your co-workers.  The same happens for any new position when moving up the ladder in a company.  Whether a floor manager, general manager, district manager, or even as high as the CEO, being the new boss brings the same basic feelings as being the new kind in school.

However, being the new boss tends to bring out the same results.  We feel like we have to show the new crew that we are in charge.  This can lead to frustration and can actually gain you less respect.  Here are some DOs and DON’Ts when you’re the new boss:

  1. DON’T Change Everything – sometimes there are some things that need changing, but most of the time it’s just our selfish way of showing we are in charge.  The company (usually) has been around longer than you have so keep those procedures.
  2. DO Meet Your People – In many companies, the employees feel like they aren’t taken care of.  This happens mostly because they don’t know you.  Visit the offices and meet your employees, talk to them, ensure them you have the companies and their interest in mind.
  3. DON’T Be a Know-it-All – You may be the one in charge now, but even you don’t know everything.  If you don’t know something, ASK.
  4. DO Be Human – Your now Superman, no one is.  Be real with people.  It gives people a reason to trust you.

These are just the basics.  Just remember that you are still the same person, just with a new title.  All the title indicates is that you have more responsibilities.  If you know your company and stay real, your will succeed.