June 16, 2015

My Job is to Say, “Yes, Dear,” and I Just Love It!

By Paul Bieber

Our children are getting married in the next couple of weeks. Yes, children. Our daughter Jessica is getting married in 11 days here at our home in New Hampshire. Two weeks later, our son Philip is getting married at the home of his fiancée in Burlington, Vt. Elaine and I absolutely adore the newest members of our family. It just doesn’t get better than this.

The work effort has been distributed among each marriage couple, in-laws to be, and Elaine and me. Sounds simple. But the questions have come up. Like what to do about coffee cups, paper or china, or how many flavors of toppings for the ice cream sundae bar (you can’t have too many, in my opinion). But somehow, through cooperation and communication, everything is working out. Sounds like this could be a good model for running a business! And that is how a blog is formed.

Try running your business like a family, where you really do want to get along. Would this work? Could effective communication actually help your company? Are the biggest problems you come across based on, “I didn’t know I was supposed to do that.” Sure, in your business you have to be in charge, but can you communicate better with the intention of improving your business? Can you and your foremen all work from the same page with the same goals? Kind of like doing the planning for a family wedding, or actually, two weddings. Let your staff know what is coming up, what their responsibilities are, and then give them solid feedback through an employee review system. Not only will you have a great company, but you will be ready to have two weddings just two weeks apart. Wow!

Normally, I don’t write on two topics in a blogpost, but today is special.  I wanted to congratulate all of Chicagoland on the Blackhawks’ victory last night. I know how this victory came about.  Lyle Hill kept saying the ‘other’ team would win each series, thus spurring on his favorite home team to win. What a marvelous job of reverse psychology. Lyle, we are proud of you for bringing the Cup home for the third time in six years. Congrats.