I don’t know about you but I love those reality shows where a business expert helps a struggling business owner make some changes to help them be profitable once again.
One of the things that is most striking to me is that despite the business owner seeking the help, when the expert makes suggestions – they tend to resist them or completely ignore them! (Think Sarah Beeny from Property Ladder – why did nobody ever listen to her??)
So what makes them resist or ignore the advice? If you’ve been doing something for a while, it’s hard to hear someone criticise your approach and it can sting. But this is exactly the time when you need to be more open-minded than ever…to truly hear what your mentor / coach is saying and take it on board.
Now, I’m not saying they will always be right but listen to what they are saying and consider if their suggestion could work / help the business.
When you become so entrenched in how you do things, it’s a warning sign that you may have lost sight of the strengths and weaknesses of your business…maybe it’s time for a fresh perspective? Just to help you see what you’re not seeing – surely that’s one of the best gifts you can give to you and your business?