Are You a Change Cowboy? Presented by Marion Stone
Cowboy is …
An adjective associated with being reckless (1 st described in the 1920’s) and who does not consider the consequences
E.g. a ‘cowboy’ plumber, a ‘cowboy’ driver
Or a Cowboy is …
Prepared for the job
Clothing e.g. jeans, boots, hat
Tools e.g lasso, knife, weapon
Protects his herd
Reckless or Traditional Cowboy? The question is... Which one are you?
Name change (Mvelaserve)
How do you best handle all of this?
The Process of Change
A Few Thoughts …
Protect your business
1) BE PREPARED (PROACTIVE)
What impacts the business – Now?
Changing customer needs
Market – shrinking margins
Where do you focus your time and energy? Circle of Influence Circle of Concern From The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Proactive Focus Circle of Influence Circle of Concern
Reactive Focus Circle of Influence Circle of Concern
Problems we face are -
(problems regarding own behaviour)
(problems regarding behaviour of others)
(outside of our control)
Work on your habits
Change your methods of influence
Change the line on the bottom of your face
Watch your Language – Reactive or Proactive?
There is nothing I can do?
They won’t allow that?
I have to do that.
Let’s look at alternatives
I can choose a different approach.
Words are powerful!
Food For Thought
“ Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”
2) PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS
Protect = Babysitting!
Think like a Cowboy I mean Entrepreneur! Adapt to changing circumstances Take charge of your patch! Take advantage of your strengths Think ahead as to what customers may need Look after existing customers Diversify!
The Serenity Prayer
“ God grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can and the wisdom to know the difference.’
Used by AA, adapted from an earlier version
The Heart of Change by John P. Kotter
Who moved my Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey