The BP Oil Spill

You may be looking at the title and asking yourself what does BP, the evil empire,  have to do with sales? or my small company?  The answer to that is that this has everything to do with your business. You may be sailing along thinking that you business, career, or even your year is going great.  But, if your not paying attention to the details the little things that make up all the difference in the world can lead you to a world of hurt.

BP has been one of the most successful company’s in the world. Last year the company had 14 BILLION dollars in profit. That’s right, you read that correctly, 14,000,000,000.00.  That’s a lot of zeros. So how can this company that went from such a well respected company now be the face of evil corporate greed? The answer as of today is not known. Was it the cememtning? was it human error? We may never really know, and the truth generally lies somewhere in the middle.

The point that I am trying to make is that it is often a small probelm we let go, and it grows. Like finishing dinner, then staying for desert when we know we have had too much. Small errors or mistakes in judgement lead, in time to disasters. I learned this from Jim Rohn many years ago and I try to keep it at the top of my mind when making decisions.

What can you do? Most company’s are at the midpoint or so in their year. And you are definitely at the midpoint of you w2 year. It’s time for your check up! What have you been letting slide? Are you at or near your goals for the year? Or are you letting excuses get in your way. Have you let sales slide a bit and you tell yourself they will eventually come back? really? I’m sure they will all by themselves.

The point is if you are running your company on a calendar year there is still time. Check you P&L’s and your balance sheet. If you are an individual check you year to date earnings? are they were you wanted them to be? If not what can you do to get back on track?  I am taking stock of myself right now.

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