Summer Blockbusters and Business Acumen

Posted on July 31, 2011

Summer is a time to relax and de-stress from the heat of the day (or Washington DC, for that matter). What better way to stay cool and clear the mind than to head to a movie theater.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, seemed a good choice for July. While the movie version isn’t a complete rendition of the book, it does embody the three key elements found throughout the entire HP series: conviction, cooperation, and caring.

In a nutshell, Harry stuck to his convictions no matter what the consequences. He had to rely on others for the cooperation necessary to bring those beliefs to fruition. And, through it all, a true love and caring for others was shown to be the ultimate trump card for getting it done.

The same three elements can be crucial when assessing the perception of your business.

Conviction is what sets you apart from all the others. It’s what fuels your passion. What do you stand for? What will you not compromise upon? Do your clients know it? Do they admire you for it?

Cooperation is what it takes to get business done. From vendors to partners to coworkers to customers, how cooperative are you? Are you seen as a leader, a complainer, a problem-solver, a lead weight, a catalyst? How eager are others to cooperate with you?

Caring is why you’re successful. People don’t do business with you for what you sell. They do it for how you sell it. Having a passion for the work and a true commitment to helping others succeed goes much further in the long run than a price break. Are you sensitive to the needs of your clients? Have you built strong relationships with business partners? Do you care about solving their problem? Do they care about your business? Do they refer you to others?

You are successful in business because of who you are and what you stand for, not for what you sell. When it comes to conviction, cooperation, and caring, be sure the perception of others matches your desired perception of yourself. And then you, too, will have the magic to change the world.

Recipe of the Month
Deviled Eggs
6 hard cooked eggs
1/3 to 1/2 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard (or to taste)

Shell eggs, cut in half lengthwise and push yolks into small, deep bowl. Mash yolks and add salad dressing and mustard. Mix thoroughly. Refill eggs and dust with paprika. Serve immediately or keep chilled. Yield: 12 deviled eggs.

One Response to “Summer Blockbusters and Business Acumen”

  1. Jeff Machine
    Aug 22, 2011

    I learned a lot from this post, much appreciated! 🙂