posted on October 25, 2011 16:02
In honor of Halloween, here are a few thoughts on what we can learn about business from seasonal scary fare:
Don't go it alone. Seriously. In horror movies, it will probably get you killed as you try to reach safety. In business, it will make your work much more difficult (and you still may not reach your destination).
Have (or find) a competent team. You need someone to get your back and fill in the skills you don't have, whether it's killing zombies or making cold calls.
Keep your weapons at hand. Whether guns, swords, axes, descriptions of what you do, powerful proposals, or video walkthroughs of your product's key benefits, keep these key tools close at hand at all times. You never know when you're going to need them suddenly.
Knock 'em down one by one. When the pile of work (or bad guys to neutralize) seems to be overwhelming, the best thing you can do is just focus on making progress bit by bit.
Try to enter new areas with as much light as possible. Sometimes that means lots of research. Sometimes that means large flashlights peeking in dark corners.
Don't be distracted. You know what happens when two people in a horror movie start to get interested in each other. Likewise, losing focus on your business's goal is dangerous.
There are great assets to be found in risky places. Whether an ancient amulet of power or a great new business line, sometimes assets are worth the risks of pursuit.
Have an exit in mind. In horror movies, this often means not running upstairs (!). In business, you need to be prepared to end initiatives if they stop working.
Betrayal happens. Sometimes, the biggest enemy of your goal is a member of your team, sabotaging things undetected. Sometimes, sadly, you have to cut people from your team to move forward.
Watch your step. Show care as you move forward, even if you have to move quickly. You know how much trouble it would be to break a heel as you run for your life—or to inadvertently turn a project in the wrong direction. (Also, sensible shoes are a lifesaver across the board.)
Anything else you'd add to the list?