It is easy to use this terminology when things are stretched as tight as possible. Companies are feeling the pinch everywhere. Some are robbing Peter to pay Paul. An employee of an organization reached out to me recently about getting some of my motivational materials to generate some positive energy in the workplace – ‘cause I am good at it. J However, the company vice president said, “We have zero training budget for that. It’s bad news; we are broke in that department. We don’t have any funds to invest in personal development.”
The employee’s response was simple, yet dynamite! “How does an organization expect to get better and have better results when it is not investing in making their people better?”
Things that make you go “HMMMMM…”
Sam’s 5 Rules For Going from Broke to Positive
1. Change What You Say.
When you use negative words like, “We are broke,” it de-energizes you and others. You don’t have to ignore the issue, but when you cannot direct the winds of what are going on, you can adjust your sail. Some people look at the bottom line and think, “Oh boy.” I know, because I have been there. I know what its like to have too much month at the end of the money. However, using negative words to reinforce your situation will not help. Instead, use re-energizing words like, “Things are a bit rough now, but we will pull through.”
2. Be More Creative.
When there is not enough funds, my mom taught me to be more creative. One Christmas, someone came to the house and brought us food for the holidays. It was so humbling, yet we were so grateful. We didn’t have much, but we were creative by making our gifts and spending time playing board games, watching Christmas movies, and eating mounds of popcorn, while sitting in the dark with only the Christmas tree lights on as we listened to Bing Crosby. Mom always found a way to make things possible by being more creative than the bottom line.
3. Think Better than Your Situation.
The way we think better is by what we allow and feed the mind. If you listen to negative people all day and buy into being negative, then you will begin to act and think negatively. How can that be good for you or anyone else? If someone is complaining (and believe me, you know the people that complain about everything), set some boundaries so you don’t have to be around the negative noise.
4. Get Feedback from Others.
Some might call this a “Come to Jesus Meeting.” It’s a time to get everyone together and air it out and be open to ideas. “How can we change things, who has ideas, what can we try, what isn’t working?” What got you to where you are right now may not work tomorrow, so creating some solution synergy can open the door to new possibilities.
5. Don’t React to Unfavorable Information.
The other day, I got an unexpected bill from my electiric company for over $2,000! I was like, “Wow, what did I leave on or do wrong.” A $2,000 electric bill was definitely not in the budget. I didn’t plan for it and I almost felt panic set in. I wanted to react and complain. Then I had fears: what if they turn everything off and its over 90 degrees outside? While I didn’t ask for this to happen, I do have to deal with it. Dealing with it in a negative manner will not win any awards or get the situation fixed. Turns out, the bill was for the wrong house. Before you spout off from the mouth and do something you know could create more negative consequences, think it out. Relax, get in your right mind, and respond in a way that moves you three steps forward.
If you look at my 5 Rules, you will see that it’s all about Attitude. Your attitude is tested when things are rough, but in order to get through the storm, you have to keep the right attitude. Yes, it is old school, but it will always serve you better in the long run then a negative one.
And as far as having a zero budget for training, my 6th rule is a bonus.
6. Fix What is Broke.
There was a survey recently that Wal-Mart was rated #2 for the worst customer service next to tech support over the phone. I am a fan of Wal-Mart, but if customer service is bad, it means something is wrong and needs to be fixed. You can’t fix a bottom line by appealing to gun enthusiasts as to what they are doing, but rather fix what is broke. There should always….always be something to invest in what makes business possible: your people. If you want their best, then make it so.
How do you deal with having less?
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