When Opportunity Knocks, Answer the Damn Door!

“In every area of effectiveness within an organization, one feeds the opportunities and starves the problems.

– Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

Earlier this year, my business coach, Mary Ann, asked me “What is your one word to describe your business this year?”  Without hesitation, I replied, “Opportunity.”

At the time, I was thinking about how my managers, Emily and Christina, were settling into their new roles of actually managing.  And I was just beginning to enjoy my time focusing on business strategy and how we were going to grow.

We had a lot of big, amazing ideas of what we wanted to accomplish, and somehow they were all coming together!  In fact, it seemed like opportunities were just popping up everywhere!

One of our most successful ways of meeting new clients is through free community classes—we call them Pure Barre Pop Ups.  And there was one place that we considered the holy grail of Pop Ups—the Winston-Salem Dash Stadium.  The Dash are the local minor league baseball team and the stadium is downtown with gorgeous views of the city.  And … we just happened to meet the Dash Community Relations Manager at a luncheon.  Now we’re scheduled for not 1, but 2 Pure Barre at The Dash Pop Ups!  Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 3rd and Thursday, June 14th to lift, tone, burn on that beautiful green field.

Last week, I unexpectedly received a request to teach a class to my Leadership Winston-Salem group during our monthly program day.  This was a fun opportunity to show 70 of my Leadership classmates what I do and what Pure Barre is all about.  When I say “unexpectedly” I mean, I got the call at 6:00 AM before our program day started at 7:45 AM—fortunately, our equipment was easily accessible and my team was able to mobilize.  We pulled it off!

But do opportunities really just materialize out of nowhere?  Business owners talk about “luck” a lot, but what distinguishes “luck” from hard work and good leadership?

I’ve been reading a book called The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done, written by Peter F. Drucker.  It was first published in 1967, so it’s a little old-school, however, the message is on point.  Including the following quote:

 “The effective executive looks upon people including himself as an opportunity.  He knows that only strength produces results.  Weakness only produces headaches—and the absence of weakness produces nothing.” 

I completely agree—results occur by recognizing the strengths of your employees and helping them develop what they’re good at.  Results are also produced by your strength in leadership.  Weak leadership only creates confusion and more problems in your business.  And the absence of leadership means you’re not producing anything—your business is at a standstill—you’re stuck.

But the first part is truly the most profound … “The effective executive looks upon people including himself as an opportunity.” 

As business owners, we ultimately create all the opportunities for our businesses.

We network, develop relationships, cultivate a reputation of being dependable, committed, and professional … the list goes on.  So, while it seems like things just fall into your lap, you’ve really been creating those opportunities all along.

When opportunity knocks, you’re the one who sent out the invitation.  Trust that you’re a strong enough leader to open the damn door!

 

Check out the book …

Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

 

 

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