Thursday, February 11, 2010

Control, Control, Control

George Cloutier, author of “Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing” (HarperBusiness, 2009) would have us believe that a swift kick in the pants is what most employees need and deserve! After two divorces he's working on his third marriage and he's put his wife on notice....the business comes first.  He's currently writing a series of turn-around stories for Business Weekly on-line. Check them out! Nothing can beat free information!

Cloutier falls into the category of command and control! He believes micromanaging is the only way to survive! The key is not to get caught up in the language, but let's look behind the facade. Cloutiers micromanagement plan highligts a key point, "You have got to have a system in place to check on how they’re doing. If someone says, “I’m going to deliver $2 million in sales in the first six months,” you have to follow that every day. Like Ronald Reagan said, trust but verify. We actually have a button that’s says. “I’m a control freak and proud of it.” That's right folks, the system is key. Cloutier may appear to be heavy handed, and he probably is, but what he's really relying on is a system of check, check, check and check again! That's the key to his success.

Any small business owner has to learn how to manage themselves first. They have to figure out what they need to do in order to be successful.  If you can't manage yourself, then don't even think about managing a company of any size. All profitable companies have a system. They have a method in place to maintain their quality in goods and services. 

Cloutier's blowhard interview has revealed that in order to be a tyrant in business he's created a successful system that allows him to manage his staff and stay in control. 

Listen to a few of Cloutier's tips!

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