I have not written for a while as I have been busy settling in with new clients, but I have just had a conversation that left me rolling my eyes and coming to the conclusion that the tail wags the dog in that business! Meaning a situation where a small part is controlling the whole of something.
The tail wags the dog - a situation where a small part is controlling the whole of something.
To make sense, here is a summary of a conversation between 2 people I know that happened this morning.
Person 1 - "so, you are getting a new pick up truck"
Person 2 (Business Owner) - "yes, for one of the lads. Costing us £32K"
Person 1 - It will look good though, lettered up with your logo and stuff"
Person 2 (Business Owner) - "oh god no, none of that getting done. He wouldn't drive it then"
My reaction when told the story - really... he is going to invest £32K for a business asset and not have it promote his business because the driver (an employee) doesn't want to drive around in a logo'd vehicle. Have him spend his own £32K then...
I see examples of the tail wagging the dog analogy occasionally. Actually it was this same business owner who doesn't book work in for a Friday afternoon as his lads like to get away by 12 (even though they are paid until 2pm).
It can be hard to pull back from practices like these once you've allowed them for a time. Challenging maybe, but not impossible.
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My life within the construction sector started when I was 6 years old, spending time in my dads joinery workshop.
The next 40 years saw me go from sweeping up and making tea in dads business to a career which helped grow one of the most successful private sector main contractors in the UK.
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