My last article referred to the drastic difference between the 99.9 percent success rate in commercial aviation versus the 50 percent success rate for business owners. Today I’m beginning a series of short “lessons from the cockpit” posts to address ways business owners can narrow that gap.
Knowing where you’re going
Sounds like an easy one, right? Can you imagine getting on a flight to Los Angeles and having the person next to you think you’re going to Tampa, while another person thinks you’re heading to New York?
Believe it or not, this happens a lot in the business world. If I were to ask each member of your leadership team separately about your organization’s vision, I would probably get five different answers.
In the above scenario, the “vision” is your organization’s “destination.” The key is for everyone on your team to be 100 percent on the same page about where your business is going and how it will get there.
Thankfully, there’s complete alliance when it comes to commercial flights. All key stakeholders — from the captain (i.e. the flight’s CEO), his or her crew (a leadership team) and the passengers (customers/clients) — completely agree on the flight’s final destination!
While it’s true that this outcome is harder to accomplish in the business world, it’s just as important to get it right — every time you fly.
Sticking to your flight path
When you know exactly where you’re going, it’s much easier to identify when you’re getting off track. Luckily, just as the cockpit has instruments to keep a pilot on the proper flight path, we can access tools to help our business stay on course.
Get on board with your crew and make sure everyone knows his or her part in helping your business reach its final destination. I know you’ll take a BIG step toward narrowing that success gap!
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