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  • Are You A Change Cowboy

    1. 1. Are You a Change Cowboy? Presented by Marion Stone
    2. 2. Cowboy is … <ul><li>An adjective associated with being reckless (1 st described in the 1920’s) and who does not consider the consequences </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. a ‘cowboy’ plumber, a ‘cowboy’ driver </li></ul>
    3. 3. Or a Cowboy is … <ul><li>Prepared for the job </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clothing e.g. jeans, boots, hat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools e.g lasso, knife, weapon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skilled </li></ul><ul><li>Protects his herd </li></ul><ul><li>Works hard! </li></ul>
    4. 4. Reckless or Traditional Cowboy? The question is... Which one are you?
    5. 5. Your Changes <ul><li>Name change (Mvelaserve) </li></ul><ul><li>Management change </li></ul><ul><li>Marketplace </li></ul><ul><li>How do you best handle all of this? </li></ul>
    6. 6. The Process of Change
    7. 7. A Few Thoughts … <ul><li>Be prepared </li></ul><ul><li>Protect your business </li></ul>
    8. 8. 1) BE PREPARED (PROACTIVE) <ul><li>What impacts the business – Now? </li></ul><ul><li>Changing customer needs </li></ul><ul><li>Competition </li></ul><ul><li>Market – shrinking margins </li></ul>
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. Proactive Focus Circle of Influence Circle of Concern
    11. 11. Reactive Focus Circle of Influence Circle of Concern
    12. 12. Problems we face are - <ul><li>Direct Control </li></ul><ul><li>(problems regarding own behaviour) </li></ul><ul><li>Indirect Control </li></ul><ul><li>(problems regarding behaviour of others) </li></ul><ul><li>No Control </li></ul><ul><li>(outside of our control) </li></ul><ul><li>Work on your habits </li></ul><ul><li>Change your methods of influence </li></ul><ul><li>Change the line on the bottom of your face </li></ul>
    13. 13. Watch your Language – Reactive or Proactive? <ul><li>There is nothing I can do? </li></ul><ul><li>They won’t allow that? </li></ul><ul><li>I have to do that. </li></ul><ul><li>I can’t </li></ul><ul><li>I must </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s look at alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>I can choose a different approach. </li></ul><ul><li>I choose </li></ul><ul><li>I prefer </li></ul><ul><li>I will </li></ul>Words are powerful!
    14. 14. Food For Thought <ul><li>“ Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.” </li></ul><ul><li>Henry Ford </li></ul>
    15. 15. 2) PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS <ul><li>Protect = Babysitting! </li></ul>
    16. 16. 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!
    17. 17. The Serenity Prayer <ul><li>“ 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.’ </li></ul><ul><li>Used by AA, adapted from an earlier version </li></ul>
    18. 18. REFERENCES <ul><li>The Heart of Change by John P. Kotter </li></ul><ul><li>Who moved my Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey </li></ul>