Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford
How often have you sat with friends or co workers and come up with a great idea to both work together and be successful?
Recently I was watching the friends of a friend in a local pub.
They are all Chefs
They are all chefs, and had just finished their shifts and were relaxing and unwinding like every one else there. They were animatedly discussing how they could open a simple restaurant of their own. Each friend had a different skill to contribute and within half an hour the fantasy idea was alive and thriving in their imaginations.
Four months later I was surprised to see renovations start at an old restaurant in my street. I stopped to see what was going on, and there, covered in dust and builders grime were the three friends molding their pub inspired idea into reality.
A year later they are thriving and looking at ways to expand their business.
One evening recently when I was having dinner in their restaurant, all three of them came over to chat and I asked them for their secret recipe of success.
The simplicity of their answer surprised me. They said that every night when they are cashing up they spend about 15 minutes discussing the operation of the restaurant that day and how they could improve, change or consolidate their systems. Each partner has a specific role to play or section, kitchen and food buying, bar and drinks buying and, hospitality and front end.
The Key to Maintaining Success
The secret key to this process as that each partner is expected to suggest changes in the other partners areas of responsibility.
Four Emotional Traits
his showed me that not only had they achieved Henry Fords quotation above, but that all three were showing strong emotional traits of maintaining success;
- Honesty – with themselves and the other partners.
- Humility – being able to listen to potential criticism with out person offense and address issues.
- Emotional Maturity – Being able to criticize without being personally offensive.
- Courage – Using their collective stability to think bigger and expand their goal
Maintaining Your Success
How many of there four traits do you have and how in balance are they?
Take some time to reassess your dreams and goals. Practically analyze their implementation from your current position and see how you can increase and balance the four emotional factors to maintain your success.