Autumn brings falling leaves and … the gridiron. Football teams — from high school to pro — are trying to put as many wins on the board as possible to make this season a special one.
For business owners, sports can highlight important lessons about profitability. One in particular is that you and your coaches must learn from your mistakes and adjust your game plan accordingly to have a winning year.
Spot the fumbles
More specifically, your business needs to identify the profit fumbles that are hurting your ability to score bottom-line touchdowns and, in response, execute earnings plays that improve the score. Doing so is always important but takes on added significance as the year winds down and you want to finish strong.
Your company’s earnings game plan should be based partly on strong strategic planning for the year and partly from uncovering and working to eliminate such profit fumbles as:
- Employees interacting with customers poorly, giving a bad impression or providing inaccurate information,
- Pricing strategies that turn off customers or bring in inadequate revenue, and
- Supply chain issues that slow productivity.
Ask employees at all levels whether and where they see such fumbles. Then […]