What cause do you want to become a Champion of?

 

Champions like Muhammad Ali inspire people to become champions themselves. Ghandi was a Champion. Not for the same reason. Here’s a tip to help you pick a cause.

A BIG ROLE IN BECOMING SUCCESSFUL

Whatever our walk of life, we’re taught from a young age that setting goals plays a big role in becoming successful or champion at something. Let it be in school, in sports, in our hobbies, at work, in business or life, in general. That working towards and sticking to these goals – in the sense of showing perseverance – plays an even bigger role in someone’s ability to achieve.

HOW TO SET GOALS AND ACHIEVE THEM

Because we live in society, opposite to Robinson Crusoe, should your achievements be made at the expense of someone else’s or in consideration of that other person or group of people?

SUCCESS FACTORS

Often heard in offices:

Person number one: “We’ve decided to reimburse the employees’ school tuition fees for any job related program or class they’d complete with success.”

Person number 2: Great. Why?

So we can attract, recruit and retain the best talents possible.”

Nice idea. Why that benefit in particular?

So the work that needs to be done simply gets done better, faster and at a lower cost than now.”

I see. And what will happen when the company reaches that goal?

Well, we start making more money… and making our shareholders more happy.”

Costs, delays and money. This is what this type of discussions comes down to. Questions: Is it the reason or why your company (or the one you work for) exists? Where’s the customer; the person that is supposed to by the company’s product or service, in the equation? What happens if the company’s competition starts offering other types of benefits; performance bonuses, rebate on gym memberships or, why not, pension plans?

DIFFERENCE MAKERS

Hardly ever heard in offices:

Person number one: “We’ve decided to reimburse the employees’ school tuition fees for any job related program or class they complete with success.”

Person number 2: Great. Why?

So we can attract, recruit and retain the best talents possible.”

Nice idea. Why that benefit in particular?

So the work that needs to be done simply gets done in the most efficient way and keeps on getting better, over and over. Something we all know we struggle with, at times.”

I see. And what will happen when the company reaches that goal?

Well, the people we serve simply get served better. Because we’re better tooled to help them with their (fill the blank) problem. Which in return might inspire them to do more business with us, or others to start doing so. So on the long run, it just seems like a good idea to invest in our staff that way.”

Efficiency, better service, customer satisfaction and empowered employees. This is what this type of discussions comes down to. The customer is right in the middle of the equation. Solving (or helping solve) his/her problem makes for a clear reason for your company to exists.

WHAT CAUSE…

There is business (or work) made at the expense of a customer’s needs and there’s business made in consideration of a customer’s needs. In both cases you can become successful and inspire other people. Whether you’re an employee, a manager or an entrepreneur. Now, which type of business resonates or appears to be the most meaningful to you? More importantly, what cause do you want to support and become a Champion of?

It’s your pick.

The hard part is making one. Again, who said becoming a Champion was easy.

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