Monthly Archives: March 2010

Are Tolerations Keeping Your Business Hobbled?

Douglas Emerson Profitable Horseman

 

Profitable Horseman Newsletter 

 

March
19, 2010




You
Could Carve a Roast With a Jack-knife, 

But
Would You?

Probably
not, for these and more reasons:

1.       It takes too long

2.       The roast slices would
be small and chunky and  unappetizing

3.       The knife blade, not
designed for slicing meat, could easily slip and cut you

In
plain words, it's unwise and not something you'd want to
tolerate.
Tolerations in business, however, aren't always as easily
identified. 

As
an example, my aging laptop had gradually slowed in its ability to
process and load information on the screen.  I was aware of the
reduced operating speed, but chose to live with it as opposed to
spending the energy  to buy a new computer and transfer all of the
files and programs.

It
was no surprise when a failing screen on the laptop forced my decision
to invest in a replacement.  The file transfer process was
painful, granted, but the end result was well worth it-a lightning fast
processor, tons of RAM and storage and updated software.   My
toleration of  the old laptop's inadequacies had been
costing me money and time due to its logy pace. The inner voice I had
been ignoring shouted, "I told you so!"

The
reasons why we allow tolerations are as plentiful as horse flies in
August.
 
But, it's safe to say no matter how good the reasons, tolerations are
always costly financially or emotionally.

Thinking
about your business, are you or your employees tolerating situations that
cost time and money similar to my aging laptop?

 

You
may have these tolerations draining time from your business daily:

·        
The plastic shavings
pitchfork is missing more teeth than Great Grandpa

 

·        
The wheelbarrow with
the slow leaking tire

 

·        
A tractor with a dead
battery (a Diehard, that did, long ago)

·        
Permanently
 temporary baling twine fence repairs

·        
A precarious manure
pile board  ramp that would be envied by Rube Goldberg

·        
Scarcity of lead ropes
without knots or broken snaps

·        
Sliding doors that only
slide when opened with a steel pry bar

·        
Brooms so worn and
tattered even a witch wouldn't ride it

·        
Switches that only
perform after the right magic "jiggle"

·        
Mountains of tack to
clean with no convenient soap, sponges and warm water for hundreds of
feet

·        
A leaky fifty foot hose
intended for a job sixty feet away

 

Worse
yet, keep in mind what you will tolerate for tools and working
conditions may be far greater than what employees will tolerate. 

While
there are many hard working Generation Y  youth, this age group is
strongly conditioned to a throw-away society mentality.  If
it's broken, buy a new one
.

Which
means workers in this age group will not be tolerating broken
tools and equipment.  If you're a duct tape repairman, you may be
wasting what you think you're saving with additional labor expense.

No
one enjoys working with "make-do" tools and equipment.

Keep
your employees happy and productive with functional, efficient tools
and equipment.  Their success at their jobs is crucial for your
business's success.

 

 



Others Have Said 


"Let's define tolerations as things that bug us, sap our energy,
and could be eliminated!  There's a small payoff to carrying
tolerations – you get to feel kind of noble about your burdens and your
forbearance. But, believe me, it's a very expensive source of
self-esteem.

Tolerations are
holes in your personal success cup; they drain away your contentment
and good fortune.  They drain YOU.  They make you feel less
attractive to yourself.

Tolerations often
represent compromises you've talked yourself into."

Thomas
Leonard

 


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Back At The Barn


barn windowBecause cold temperatures kept a continuous snow cover for
most of winter in my neighborhood, mud was actually a welcome sight
last week when our winter melt-down started. Snow, in the last weeks of
winter, fits into the category of "weather tolerations."

Just like weather, indoor riding arena birds are another farm
toleration. 

Many folks have a permanent bird colony like we do.  For me, most
of the time, their chatter is "white noise" in the
background.  In spring however, I can't seem to tune out their
incessant birdspeak.

In desperation the other day, I shouted SHUT-UP at the top of my
lungs at the squawking birds.

Just like demanding that your congressman lower taxes, it sure felt
good, but got no action.

 


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I work with
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the horse business.

If your business is in need of a spring tune up, contact me about how I
can help.

Until next time,


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Doug
Emerson
Profitable Horseman
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