Kids are known for their honesty, trust and imagination. And aren’t all of those characteristics ones you would want as a business owner?
Here are 5 things children would do if they were in charge of your business.
1. Think outside the box.
Nothing seems impossible to a child. So, they are able to come up with ideas that others haven’t even considered. Why should you be any different? Not every idea will work, but to be great, you need to push the limits. Let your imagination get the best of you for a while.
2. Ask why.
While it may be annoying at times, children love to ask, “Why?” It helps them gather as much information as possible. They constantly want to learn. It’s important for an owner to never stop learning. Even if you experience success, there’s always more you could be doing. So, absorb as much information as possible — whether that means joining associations or networking with other pros.
3. Look for the good.
Children can make friends with almost anyone — even the people the rest of us sometimes avoid and think are difficult. Maybe it’s their cute, unassuming eyes, but kids have a way of pulling out the best in people. While you probably aren’t as adorable as a child, you can still look for the good in people. Don’t pass judgement or make assumptions. Instead, get to know people — whether they are your employees or clients.
4. No grey areas.
For a child, things are black or white, and there’s nothing in between. They are decisive because they know what they do and don’t want. It takes that type of mindset to make the big choices in a business. You can’t be wishy-washy if you want employees to respect you and your decisions. You can still seek support from others and pick their minds, but at the end of the day, it comes down to what you think.
5. Have fun.
One of the things kids are great at is having fun. If they were in charge, work might be put on the back burner a bit. But, you can still learn from that way of thinking: There are times for work and play. It’s important to have a good balance, not only for your sanity, but for your employees.