So this morning as we rushed to the last few days of school left before the holiday break, I happened to say something to my 5th grader (ten year old), Julia. Her response prompted me to say something like “really that is how a ten year old would respond?”
She abruptly said, “Mom I’m 10.10” meaning she is ten years, and ten months old today.
They live their life in a very literal way because they see the world in a basic way.
When they are hungry they get food.
When they are sleepy, they sleep.
For them, they see that good is good and bad is bad, in their school, in their families and in the world in general.
The most literal idea I believe is that for them, life should be fair and all things are equal.
I can’t help but wish business people would act more this way. Meaning that, most times there really is a black and a white mentality and it seems as though the only people who make grey are those who don’t want to deal with the “black” nor the “white” of the issue.
Personally, I think these people aren’t “brave” enough to deal with the black or the white in a serious way.
As the leader of our company, I’m faced with nearly all of the decisions; daily, weekly and quarterly for our team.
Having to see black or white (and sometimes red), means I have to break down those decisions quite literally.
For me, life in business should be broken down to the basics, the literal basics of asking yourself this question.
“Is this business decision something that will move us forward, or will this ultimately waste our time, resources and focus?”
It is quite literal to me that if we aren’t moving in a forward direction, we are literally moving backwards and it’s only a matter of mathematics as to how fast or slow.
Literally, business is that basic to me!