Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Improvement Isn't Just A Business Term

I was recently speaking with an individual that considered himself to be an 18-year improvement "expert". My immediate thought was that 18 years is a long time, and with such expertise, this individual should have a really, really successful practice. In reality, they weren't even close. They were content with the long hours and the modest success they had achieved.

For an improvement expert, this seemed awfully inconsistent with their self-proclaimed specialty. If I was looking for an individual to help my business be more successful, I would want to work with someone that was successful themselves. In fact, the more successful they were, the better I would feel about engaging their services.

Almost every business, in every business sector, is concerned with the continuous improvement of the products and/or services they offer. Shouldn't personal improvement be as important, if not more? Many of us get "stuck in a rut" so to speak; we focus on the performance of our jobs and on the success of our employer, but we forget to apply the same emphasis to bettering our personal lives. Like a business, such improvement requires initiative, planning, action and subsequent follow-up. In business, the success or failure of such improvement initiatives is directly attributed to management; in this case, it's all up to you.


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