A while back I had attended a National Post sponsored event at the Ted Rogers School of Management, a section of Ryerson University. It was titled ‘The Annual CEO Outlook Conference’ carrying a theme that certainly struck a chord with me: ‘Engaging India: Doing Business with a Rising Giant’. The event showcased Indian born, now Canadian CEOs.
While it may take a while to regurgitate and discuss their opinions on doing business with Indian counter parts, I am instead going to talk about their hard-as-steel yet malleable business mindsets. Over the course of their introductions, brief speeches, and question and answer periods, I was paying close attention to how they looked at the recent economic downturn and what mental tools they used to overcome relevant issues in their minds before setting the gears into motion.
I strongly believe that to be a successful business person in this day and age, one needs to collapse their timeframes. One way to do this is to understand the mindset of current business leaders – realize that they arrived at this juncture after going through many of the trials and tribulations that you may look forward to. The ‘So What?’ to you is that if you can leverage their experience, and begin thinking like they do right now, you stand to benefit dramatically when it’s your turn to cross those bridges.
These guys and gals have set precedents, in mind or in action, so just do like they do. No need to re-create the wheel. Earlier in the year, one of my mentors told me, “You want the long way, or the short way?” It’s a no-brainer on the choice I made, “Short way”. The response, “Look for who is doing what you want to do, and work with them. Why build a staircase when you can use the escalator beside you?” I trust this mentor because he is at a point where I want to be in 5 years, and has accomplished everything that I had planned to do in my particular business.