We had a little snow here over the weekend. You might have heard about it – all 30+ inches worth of it. Fortunately, we hunkered down and made it through without any damage of loss of power. By yesterday we had been plowed out and the streets were clear enough to venture out. Besides getting some fresh air, I got a quick business lesson I’d like to share. It’s the business equivalent of a poker “tell” – something a person does that is a dead giveaway as to how good or bad a hand they hold. In this case it has to do with how good or bad they are at business and it’s something you can use as well.
Driving around we saw an incredible number of cars with snow on their roofs. I’m not sure why but the majority of them seemed to be SUVs. Oh sure, I understand that its difficult to get all the snow off of the roof when the car is six feet tall. It takes a little extra effort and maybe a minute to find a broom. Apparently, that was too much for the folks behind the wheels of these vehicles, none of whom looked to be older than me (so age and infirmity are no excuse).
I know they suck at business. The snow on the roof is a dead giveaway. Driving behind one of these idiots is dangerous – we must have seen six or seven explosions of snow and ice blow off of the roofs as we drove down the parkway. Not that it makes a huge difference but this was not some dusting of snow that blew off – most of the cars had a least a foot of snow on them. Fortunately, we didn’t see any accidents but we did see several cars hit their brakes or swerve. Pretty dangerous.
I know they’re bad at business because they’re selfish and self-absorbed They can’t possibly put the needs of customers or clients ahead of their own desires They can’t stop thinking about themselves long enough to listen to an employees cry for help. They can’t make products that appeal to others. They’re too “Me”-focused. If they weren’t, they’d take the time to think about the drivers sharing the road with them.
An over-reaction on my part? Tell me.