|Andrea Novakowski's Coaching Tip of the Week|
Brought to you by Andrea Novakowski, Master Certified Coach, Business and Personal Coaching for Corporations, Businesses and Individuals
-- John D. Rockefeller III
Three neighborhood kids set up a lemonade stand on the corner of our street this weekend. Watching these budding entrepreneurs at work was sheer delight! The idea started because they wanted to make a little money to go to the movies. Since they are only eight and ten year olds the options of making money are a little limited. Fortunately, the conditions were near perfect for opening a lemonade stand.
First, it was a warm sunny day. Second, it was late morning and lots of people were walking or driving up and down the street. Third, they picked a corner spot so they could attract business from two streets. Fourth, they made signs to hold up advertising their products. Fifth, they expanded their product line to include small bags of pretzels and they sold the rights to petting their cute 10 week old golden retriever puppy. Now I ask you, who can resist petting a puppy! Last but not least, their mom made really good lemonade.
The word on the street is these kids made $78. Not bad for a couple of hours of work on a Saturday morning. The reality is they weren't really working. They were having fun!
I want to share some of what I observed. Eight and ten year olds have a wonderful positive mental attitude. They believed they would be successful and make enough money to go to the movies. Negative talk and self doubt didn't stand much of a chance with this group.
Their selling technique was superb as they enthusiastically yelled, "get your cold lemonade here -- it's only 50 cents" to everyone passing by. Lemonade was the main drawing card. Next, the offer came for pretzels and petting the puppy!
This small group of three used great team work. While two of them had the task of attracting potential customers, the third one poured the lemonade. They easily moved back and forth sharing the team positions.
These kids were an eager, enthusiastic bunch. You could not help being pulled into their business enterprise. They had a magnetic power that helped create sales.
In a very naive way those kids demonstrated what it takes to create a successful business. Perhaps we need to ask ourselves how well we would do running a lemonade stand. Do we need to upgrade our attitudes, selling techniques, team work or enthusiasm to be more successful?
Have you forgotten what it is like to have that extra punch of energy, zest and joy in what you do? Are you having fun and enjoying your business? Maybe we all need to inject a little bit of that creative child-like spark into our lives and business. Having fun isn't just for kids with lemonade stands!
Carol Gegner, Principal of Executive Coaching & Consulting Systems, can be reached at http://www.coachexecs.com