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Are You A Change Cowboy Are You A Change Cowboy Presentation Transcript

  • 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
    • Skilled
    • Protects his herd
    • Works hard!
  • Reckless or Traditional Cowboy? The question is... Which one are you?
  • Your Changes
    • Name change (Mvelaserve)
    • Management change
    • Marketplace
    • How do you best handle all of this?
  • The Process of Change
  • A Few Thoughts …
    • Be prepared
    • Protect your business
  • 1) BE PREPARED (PROACTIVE)
    • What impacts the business – Now?
    • Changing customer needs
    • Competition
    • 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 -
    • Direct Control
    • (problems regarding own behaviour)
    • Indirect Control
    • (problems regarding behaviour of others)
    • No Control
    • (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.
    • I can’t
    • I must
    • Let’s look at alternatives
    • I can choose a different approach.
    • I choose
    • I prefer
    • I will
    Words are powerful!
  • Food For Thought
    • “ Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”
    • Henry Ford
  • 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
  • REFERENCES
    • 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