Passion as a Management Style?
Passion – where did it go? Many folks
I talk to say, “It’s just not fun anymore.”
That can be the case. But where did that competitive spirit
go? I think business is just as much fun, but the bar has certainly
been raised. By now, most of you know that I am one of the team
members that bought GreenLeaf and am a key part of the management
team. Why did I do it? My wife says I am a glutton for punishment.
But I have a different reason: passion.
Several of my articles this year have discussed
passion. Those of you that know me understand my passion for
business and how I apply it to all my endeavors. I am unrelenting
in my desire to reach a goal. One of the business principles
to which I adhere, but haven’t written about this year,
is my management style. This has been evolving for a little
over two decades now. Some of the components of that style include
the following three items:
Manage by objective – I often see folks
wringing their hands because they didn’t hit a goal and
expressing remorse over some things they could or should have
done. Never for me. When I decide to do something, I decide
what it takes. I hold nothing back. You can accuse me of being
over the top, but never of holding back. If I don’t hit
the goal, I never have remorse over my methods. I know I did
everything humanly possible to make it happen; so I have no
regrets. It’s important to me, as I set so many goals
and try to accomplish so much, but this approach allows me to
turn the corner and go on when I fail.
Choose battles carefully – I don’t
try to change something I can’t change or attempt something
I know I can’t do. Life is too short, and energies are
too rare. It’s that simple.
Manage by consensus – I didn’t
learn this until I had been in business about 10 years. I thought
I knew all the answers. I didn’t. I learned to listen
better. Some folks were kinder, more diplomatic, and knew the
financials better or simply had a different (and sometimes better)
perspective. I met industry experts like Don Egilseer (Smart
Parts), Al & Ed Lacy, Herb Lieberman, Garry Howard, Stu
Willen, Howard Nussbaum, Ken Vonhoff, Don Fitz, Jr., even Barry
Isenberg, and the list goes on and on. When several of us get
together and work on an idea, and agree, it’s almost always
a better product than if I did it by myself.
Well, I need to funnel some of this passion
into my new job; so until next month, I am PASSIONATE.
Remember, only you can make BUSINESS GREAT!
Ron Sturgeon is past owner of AAA Small Car
World. In 1999, he sold his six Texas locations, with 140 employees,
to Greenleaf. In 2001, he founded North Texas Insurance Auction,
which he sold to Copart in 2002. In 2002, his book “Salvaging
Millions” was published to help small business owners
achieve significant success. In June 2003, he joined the new
ownership and management team of GreenLeaf. He also manages
his real estate holdings and investments. You can learn more
about him at autosalvageconsultant.com
He can be reached at 5940 Eden, Haltom City, TX 76117, (best)
or 817-834-3625 ext. 206.