Sometimes in life we forget to celebrate what we are good at.
In life and business, we tend to focus on the problem. Which means whichever way the economy is going we are constantly looking at a problem so:
If you’re organising events for your place you either have too few events with city centre businesses complaining that there is not enough happening in their area OR too many local groups wanting to hold their event on the same weekend in the same space.
If you’re responsible for letting the units around the city centre you either have too few of the right size of units and are constantly turning away prospective tenants OR you have too many empty units and have to constantly deal with the ‘empty high street’ problem.
If you’re dealing with recruiting staff you are constantly influenced by the changing demographics of your place that can lead to too few people of employment age to fill the vacancies OR too many retirees requiring higher service levels whilst lowering the average spend in the area.
If you’re organising rent for a property owner you are either dealing with falling demand which is putting downward pressure on your rental income OR if you are really lucky in an area with increasing demand and having to justify current rental income to the landlord.
So (and I know this is easy to say when it’s not your problem…) your problem area is actually someone else’s dream solution. For example, the person with too few events booked would love the problem of too many requests from local organisers and the person with too many requests from local organisations for events in the same weekend would love to have spare space available for them. In other words, things outside of your control (such as the economy) will always appear to conspire to make your life difficult. The solution (which I have referred to in the past) is to work with the things you have the greatest influence over as long as these things increase the vitality and viability of your place. This solution drops into Institute of Place Managements aptly named “Get on with it” box.
So, once you accept that you are going to deal with the ‘get on with it’ box and not worry about things you can’t influence why don’t you celebrate what you have influenced? You can either celebrate your successes internally with your team or enter the occasional competition that focuses on things that you and your team do. Two great examples were discussed in the last issue of Revive and Thrive these were Britain In Bloom and their Market Town Challenge, have a look at them see if they fit what you’re doing or look for other opportunities.
We were fortunate enough to win an Innovation Award for our coworking space (The Guild) in our local presses Carlisle Living Awards and at least for a night it reminded us that even if we can’t fix BREXIT or the national economy we can be pretty good at doing the things in the “Get on with it” box.
Happy problem solving and don’t forget you can’t fix everything but you should celebrate what you are good at.