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Take Time to Think(From the May 2000 issue of Demolition, published by the NADC)
By Ronald B. Dokell
Most of us are so busy doing, that we don't take the time to think about what we're doing. It's a constant daily struggle to put out the fires, answer the questions, get the bids in on time and try to develop a harmonious organization.
Eventually, you do need to stop and think. Whether you do it after everyone else has gone home, in your car on the way to and from the office, or wherever, you've got to stop and think. Here are the four questions to ask yourself:
These sound like pretty simple questions, but when you analyze them in your own business, you'll find that if you can't come up with answers you're not working from a plan. You're just going down there and being a fireman on a daily basis. Admittedly, you're the fire chief, but that doesn't help to put the fire out. A strong plan that you share with your managers is the best way to keep going and keep building and keeping your ideas at the front, so that you can continue to expand and grow and develop.
A good way to do this is to get some input from others. You don't have to be the only guy with an idea. Many of your managers probably have good ideas if they're allowed to express them in the proper atmosphere, which is probably a meeting.
Here are some tips about how to run a good meeting: