Has your boss ever said, “Step out of the box and make a difference.” If he has, he is a good boss, because he isn’t afraid to take a chance to improve his business.
I was interviewed on Wednesday by a couple of college students who were doing a project for another chamber. I told them all the things we had done over the past four years, such as our website, events, newsletter, social media, brown bag lunches, business roundtables and a few more things. At the end of the interview, they asked me what I thought was the secret to our success? And I told them that was simple, we weren’t afraid to step out of the box and try different things. I also told them we weren’t always successful, but that was the beauty of stepping out of the box. Yes, you will stumble some times, but there will be more successes than failures, and we learn from our failures.
Stepping out of the box can apply to any organization. Look at the new coffee shop on South Avenue, called A Whole Latte Love Cafe – it was started by the First United Methodist Church. Now, that is really stepping out of the box, isn’t it? Pastor Matt Blake went to Arizona for a conference and came back with a vision, his church stepped out of the box and opened a coffee shop!
What if you’re a restaurant owner? How could you step out of the box? If your restaurant isn’t doing well, see what is working, and concentrate on that – maybe redecorate the place or even, and this is the radical part, change the name. Put out a new menu concentrating on those items that are doing well. Why would you continue to do the same thing over and over if it isn’t working?
My wife and I found a barbecue place in Memphis called Central BBQ, and it was very simple, had paper towels on the tables, paper plates, paper cups, nothing fancy except the best barbecue in Memphis. You had to order at a counter, bring it to a table, get your own drinks, but again it was worth it because of the great food! That isn’t your normal way to run a restaurant, right? But it worked, the owner stepped out the box and did something different.
So think about stepping out of the box with your business or your department, and if you need someone to talk to for suggestions, stop in our office and I know we can come up with some ideas.
Kara, Tricia, Katelyne and I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter and a Happy Passover!
See you next Friday!