The Meaning Of Disagreeing On Business

Most of us have an inherent distaste for conflict. And somewhere along the way, society has reached a conclusion that disagreement is a bad thing. When it comes to business advice and decisions, that conclusion can be deadly.

I see two factors that have contributed to the current state of disagreement. One is the national political climate, which is the most polarized I can remember since my father was snarling about those damned hippies. The other is social media, which seems to exist largely as an arena for vicious arguments on virtually every subject, fueled by a complete absence of accountability and a belief that having read a Facebook post on a subject qualifies as expertise.

I mention those factors because I’ve seen them seep into the way businesspeople think and operate. I encounter it most often when I’m working with a client and counsel a course of action that doesn’t match their plans, or find them objecting to the way I’ve written something on their behalf. Instead of healthy, productive conversations, the conversations often devolve into defensive reactions focused on guarding turf. And the emotion shifts from tension about the suggestion to personal anger directed at the person who made it.

Now, the easiest thing for me to do in those situations is to simply smile, nod my head, and go along with whatever they think or want me to do. After all, they’re paying the bills. But what’s easiest isn’t always ethically appropriate, and if someone is paying for my expertise, I’m foolish enough to assume that they want (and even need) it.

Those of us who counsel clients, whether we’re talking about attorneys, accountants, agents, or even lowly writers, have an ethical (and often legal) obligation to act in the best interests of those we serve. Sometimes that means advising them on the most prudent course of action. Sometimes, it involves protecting them from themselves. No matter what we’re doing, we’re expected to offer advice that best serves their needs, even if they don’t like what we have to say. It isn’t argument for argument’s sake.

If you want to sue a competitor, and your attorney advises that you’re only going to sink a small fortune into a case in which you’re not likely to prevail, she’s not being argumentative. She’s using her knowledge of the law, the legal arena, and the facts of the case to assess your situation and counsel you on the best course of action.

If you want to write off that personal vacation to Cabo San Lucas as a business tax deduction, and your CPA suggests that’s a bad idea, he’s not criticizing you. He knows from experience what’s likely to pass muster with the fine folks at the IRS and what’s likely to earn a rejection and penalties.

And when you tell someone like me about the idea you have for your new ad or the copy for your website update, and I point out that you may not have noticed the negative message it inadvertently creates, I’m not trying to pick a fight. I’m seeing it through more objective eyes, particularly those of your potential audience.

In other words, disagreement is not inherently argumentative. It’s not creating conflict for the sake of creating conflict. If you’re turning to professionals for their expertise and regarding their disagreements with you as questioning your worth or trying to start a fight, why are you paying for their help in the first place?

Do the professionals advising you always get it right? Much as we’d like to believe we always do, I know that isn’t the case. But when those professionals speak based upon their education, experience, and even occasional bits of wisdom they’ve acquired across their careers, we get it right far more often than not.

The experts who challenge you and your way of thinking aren’t trying to diminish you. Their goal is to improve your lot in life, whether that involves protecting you from an unfriendly letter from the IRS or making sure your website is as communicative and persuasive as possible. Yes, you’re an expert in your field who deserves respect. Grant them the same respect, and you’ll find that your own expertise will continue to deepen and expand.

One Factor That Make Your Organization Success

Recently I had a conversation with Dan Pallotta, who is an entrepreneur, activist, and humanitarian. I love having discussions with global thought leaders. Everyone needs inspiration from time to time, and there’s nothing better than getting an injection of energy from a kindred spirit. Following are some of the words that Dan told me:

“Be ridiculous. If you’re not being ridiculous, you’re not exploring your organization’s true potential. Everything in the world that makes us go “Wow,” was born of some absurd human being with a ridiculous, impossible idea-from the Eiffel Tower to landing on the moon to the idea of America herself. We are taught that prudence is sophistication. The opposite is true. The most sophisticated things I’ve ever seen in my life-the most intelligent solutions to the greatest technical challenges in history-all came from someone being ridiculous. Ridiculous is what really tests us. Stretches us. Forces us to use the full measures of our intelligence, creativity, fortitude, and strength.

“Anything less and our true potential for intelligence, creativity, strength, and fortitude gets left on the table, never to see the light of day.”

The Most Audacious Ideas Work

I agree with Dan. Being ridiculous works. I’ve done it plenty of times, and it’s worked for the creation of my various businesses and brands. Having the most audacious idea and being determined to do it is what has made the U.S. the powerhouse that it has been for generations regarding innovation and leadership in business. As Dan said, the idea of America was formed by Europeans who decided to move to another continent and build a new nation. More than likely, many of our country’s forefathers and mothers had people telling them that they were crazy or couldn’t achieve what they wanted.

I bet that in the years that Benjamin Franklin spent in France in the French royal court keeping them engaged in helping fund the American Revolutionary War, some of the French thought he was crazy and the vision for America was not ultimately possible.

Ridiculously Audacious Companies

Some of the most successful businesses have been those created by entrepreneurs and leaders with ideas that were big, and they decided to get out there and see what they could make of those ridiculously audacious ideas. These companies include:

  • Thinkmodo has created some of the world’s craziest video mash-ups that have gone viral as a marketing company for other businesses.
  • Factual is looking to be the world’s largest repository of data. It already runs the data information of 70 million businesses around the world.
  • Goldieblox decided it was time to break gender stereotypes for girls in the toy industry and in fewer than two years of operation placed an ad on the Super Bowl.
  • Icon Aircraft developed a flying craft that is akin to a flying car. It was designed to sell to the public, and because of it, it had to be simple to operate.
  • Eventbrite wanted to have a happy and productive company, and it lowered its attrition rate in the competitive Silicon Valley area to 5 percent. In Silicon Valley, the rate is 14 percent.

As an entrepreneur, one of the tragedies I’ve seen in corporate business, and life, is that many talented people have incredibly good ideas for a new product, service or company. Then, they begin to speak to people who tell them that “it won’t work.” An essential thing to remember is that countless people, unfortunately, like to play it safe. Taking the risk and putting yourself out there, especially when it’s something that others don’t really understand or fully appreciate, is not easy. But, the alternative has caused the world to be littered with ridiculous ideas that could have worked–if only that person decided to ignore everyone else.

All About Product Design

There is a common saying about the devastating loss that strikes when an idea dies in the mind before its actual fruition. It is, therefore, largely advocated that all ideas must be put into action and with the help of product design and development firms, individuals have been able to realize their dreams.

Who are these product design and development firms? These are designed to help turn ideas into tangible products. Many brilliant minds choke with ideas that they cannot bring to reality simply because they lack the manpower, the resources and the maybe lack some few essential basics. Product design firms help you design the product to meet the taste of the consumers as well as compete well market wise.

Benefits of hiring a product design and manufacturing agencies

Some of the innovators as discussed above lack some key essential requirements to manufacture their products. These firms take away these troubles and guide you all the way to the end to see your brilliance in action.

For a new product to succeed in this competitive market certain factors must be considered and this requires professionals to conduct market research and other studies. Product design and manufacturing companies carry out these market studies and provide strategies that help the product do well and be as profitable as possible.

In the manufacturing process, certain requirements must be met such as engineering and prototyping the product before the actual final product. This is one of the key roles played by these firms.

With the right firm, certain future problems may be avoided as they help with projections and prediction of the market and will help in redesigning the product to suit the market at all times.

Lastly, these firms help you deal with patent issues and offer guidelines pertaining to the set regulations on your product. This can save the innovator from a lot of legal issues that may arise along the way.

What to look for in a great product design and development company

Their client base, this helps you to know a lot about their level of professionalism and how great they are. The testimonies and reviews can help you make an easy judgment.

The number of years that the firm has been in operation, this helps you to understand its ability to give right market projections.

The company workforce, they should comprise of all the necessary minds such as market researcher, engineers, and all the right professionals. The right firm will always have the right people for you with experience and workmanship that complements your ambitions.

Tips To Get Efficient Warehouse Company

If you are an owner of a business and feels that managing and storing your productions in-house is incurring you a hell amount of money, then its time you decide to outsource your warehousing service to some third-party. A warehousing service is considered praiseworthy if they have a dedicated system that provides you the best storage and depot solutions that will minimize your inventory and logistics expenses.

Here are the determinants of an ideal warehousing service:

The location and space allotted for storage

As a business owner, your first priority is your client’s satisfaction when it comes to timely delivery of your products. A poor location of a warehouse can be a major obstacle in shipping your products to your destination on time. Parallel to this, proper planning while using the space in the warehouse is extremely important. You should select a service where you see stocks are organized efficiently, the old stock has been cleared out and there is no clutter inside the storehouse.

A committed team

The staffs present in the warehouse all the time are responsible for evaluating the warehousing conditions and decide whether it needs any improvements or modifications. They are one who faces the issues that arise daily and hence give a call to the management for the betterment of the service. So whenever you choose a warehouse service please see whether the team involved in the management and storage is a dedicated team with high skills and experience.

Transparencies in the entire process

Before jumping into any decision, you need to know what are the stages and procedures involved in the warehouse service. Yes, this point is important because otherwise you cannot judge the quality of a service and determine if it’s deviating from the usual norms and regulations. With a service provider with a transparent and clear process, it is possible to trust them blindly.

Advanced technology and quality control

The warehouse agencies that maintain the quality standards – ISO 9000 (quality control) and ISO 90001 (quality management) are considered to be the efficient and high standard companies. These play a crucial part to ensure that the anticipated outcomes are due to the utilization of best processes and technology available. A service provider that uses the best software with mobile scanners and high-quality integration with distribution partners is the ideal choice for you.

Warehousing operations are costly and time-consuming, but it is the soul of your business. Poor storage and depot facilities can cause your business to drop down below par. So, why take such risk and wait for such instances to occur? Seek the best warehouse service and skyrocket your business’s profits.