For all the new business owners and want-to-be business owners there is a very important lesson that will unfold with this post.
Remember – The business of business, is people. No matter if it’s Construction, Management, Real Estate, Network Marketing or anything else.
This week whilst working in Canada, I received a message from a colleague. He informed me that a project in South London where we had worked had won an award. The award was for a scheme called the Considerate Contractors Scheme’.
Part of the project listed above was a drive to help with the high level of unemployment in the area. I pushed home with all contractors that they had to take on board local labour. Now this is nothing new. Another part that I found fulfilling was a number of workshops that I ran on the Housing Estate. Now, Most of the men (and women), had been long-term unemployed. The thing I liked was the way that just offering advice would allow some that wanted to better themselves a chance to do so.
I had always enjoyed helping those that wanted it. The rewards stick with you for ever. One such example was on a dark night whilst leaving the project Picture the scene:
Cold and damp inner city street. I’m leaving to go to my car. (I know, not quite Hollywood, but stick with me). A car speeds past me and slams on his brakes as I cross the road.
In my head I think ‘this could be bad’. Then I hear the horn blow and the car reverses up the street. I put the laptop in the car and watch the car approach. As it’s dark all I see are head lights….
(Dramatic stuff eh?). Then I hear: “Mr. Williams!”.
I think – ‘OK, he knows my name’.
What happens next will stick with me for ever. A man jumps out of a car in construction work clothes, with a grin from ear to ear. It was one of the men from the workshop. He shakes my hand furiously, and says ‘I GOT A JOB!!!!! I did what you said and I got a job! I’ve been working for about a month now!’
So now that I’m away and someone else accepted the award. However, the incident above will stay with me long after the trophy has tarnished.
As I said in the title – The business of business, is PEOPLE.
I help people every day. I show them how they can set a goal, and make it happen. If you would like to know more, please contact me and let me know.
As always, If you like this post please share it. I didn’t put this out to sit in space somewere. It is to empower someone to do something amazing!