Even as one of the best tax accountants on Long Island and in Stamford (and one of the humblest), I sometimes I get stuck. (Though now, in the middle of the intensity of our biggest tax season yet, it’s not quite the problem!)
I’m a creature of habit, and I find myself repeating patterns over weeks and months. Eventually, these patterns can become codified company firm policy around here, if I’m not careful.
But innovation requires that even staid Long Island and Stamford tax and accounting companies be willing to think outside the ol’ proverbial box.
Which, of course, is one of the reasons why I started blogging for my Long Island and Stamford business clients and friends in this way some time ago. Which has really done wonders for us … being able to communicate in a conversational, coherent way with our people has been really fun.
(Yes, I know blogging isn’t exactly “new” … but I like to think we do it a little differently than the norm here at Team Michael Kessler.)
Anyway, I was reminded of all of this by the following business parable that I came across. Maybe it will help you too?
Long Island and Stamford Tax Accountant Shares A Story on Momentum
“Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” -Michael Maxwell
A small brewery launched a fancy microbrew (no, this didn’t happen in the Long Island and Stamford area, but read on). It proved to be very popular — so popular, in fact, that they were having trouble getting it distributed to all the stores and bars in the area. The management team met to discuss the problem.
“Here’s the schedule,” said the manager in charge of distribution. “You can see that we have our biggest shipments on Monday and Tuesday, and then smaller ones Wednesday and Thursday, and all the local deliveries on Friday.”
“We’ll have to change that,” the CEO said, “but we’d better find out why it’s scheduled that way.”
The team couldn’t find any logical explanation for the schedule, which had endured over the years, until they reached a former distribution manager, long-retired, whose grandfather had co-founded the company. He thought for a while, then said:
“Yes, I remember. When we started out, all our deliveries were made by horse-drawn wagons. On Mondays and Tuesdays, when the teams were rested, they could pull a big load, but on Wednesdays they started to get tired, and by Friday they could only make it a few blocks. So we set the schedule that way.”
Let’s all of us Long Island and Stamford small businesses commit to remembering WHY we do what we do … and not let our methods get in the way of our mission.
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Warmly (and until next week),