This Isn’t Monkey Business: Best Practices for Business Success
The Lunar New Year is upon us and it’s the Year of the Fire Monkey. So, what do monkeys have to do with best practices for business? Well, you’re probably familiar with the visual proverb of the three wise monkeys – “see no evil” covering his eyes, “hear no evil” covering his ears and “speak no evil” covering his mouth. These three monkeys can teach us something about business, when we look at them in a creative way.
The Monkey Method: Breaking Down Best Practices for Business
1. Observe the Obvious and Offbeat
First, the monkey covering his eyes reminds us to pay attention to the needs of clients and potential clients.
Don’t be blind to their wants and needs. Take a good look at what they are presenting and how it’s being presented. These details will help you as you help them.
Look at what others are offering and find a way to make your offerings unique. This is your value proposition. Look outside your traditional area of expertise to find ways others are winning, and translate it for your business.
Be aware of the power of visual branding. Make your mark memorable.
Monkeys are curious. Put your curiosity to work for you and explore new ideas. Develop new products or find ways to offer new services. What did you hear when you were listening?
Monkeys are smart. Learn new things this year. Help your clients learn new ways to present their products and services.
Monkeys are mischievous. Rekindle your sense of fun and play. Yes, business is serious but you can find a balance between work and fun. It’ll help relieve stress and make you more enjoyable to work with.
Of course, all of these are important in business EVERY year, but it’s nice to have something fun to focus on as we go about our daily business.