In business, little things can make a big difference, and we all want the best for our business. Whether we are selecting a supplier, buying products or using a service, we want to make sure that we get the best. But what is the best? If you ask 10 people, you will probably get 10 different answers.
Some people believe the best is the most popular. Some people believe that the more expensive it is, the better it is. But, we are all individual and so are our businesses, so ‘the best’ is quite a subjective term. One size does NOT fit all and so the best is surely the one that most closely fits our wants and needs.
Many years ago when I was employed, a client explained that company I worked for did not receive a particular contract because the MD wanted training to be delivered by a company that was known throughout the world to show delegates that he ‘valued’ them. Unfortunately, the company did not know the sector as well as we did, charged three times as much and delivered a programme that was very average.
So to get the best, whether you are selecting a website designer, accountant, printer, supplier or training solution the first thing you should do is define exactly what it is you want and need. Don’t start looking at what is out there – you are likely to be seduced by lots of things that are ‘nice to have’ or fashionable, and you could make the wrong decision.
The clearer you can be in your own mind, the easier it will be for you to get the very best for your company. So, take an hour out to draw up a list of ‘must be, ‘can’t be’ and ‘nice to have’ criteria, and then search what is out there with this list at the forefront of your mind. It may take a little longer, but the solution is likely to be better, and surely investing a little time to get the best (for you) is worth it.
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