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warehouse showing quote from Taiichi Ohno
Standard Work – Create Stability and Focus your Improvement
March 15, 2021
2021 Business Leadership Award
Productivity People proud to sponsor 2021 Business Leadership Award
April 19, 2021
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The Road to Paradise is Tough

the road to business success is tough

Over summer my fellow Productivity People director and wife Liddy Bakker and I spent a great week and a bit in Fiordland and the Glenorchy area. We walked the Milford track, paddled the peaceful and calm Milford Sound, and biked and walked near the top of lake Wakatipu around Glenorchy.

Spare a thought for the people of these regions, and how the pandemic has affected the economic climate down there. We’ve never seen it this quiet, which is very nice when you push off your kayak at sunrise but devastating when you have built your economic model on many more tourists. We are with you South Island whanau!

For those of you who have trekked beyond Glenorchy to the start of the Rees-Dart tramping track in this ‘Lord of the Rings’ landscape, you’ll remember passing through the farming hamlet called Paradise. In the shadow of the imposing Pikirakatahi/Mount Earnslaw and on the banks of the braided, glacier-blue Dart river, you do not need to be the poet laureate to come up with an appropriate name for the settlement. It’s breath-taking and a clear reminder of the duty we owe future generations to preserve our natural beauty.

However, on the 60-odd kilometre return trip traversing mostly washboard gravel roads on a rented mountain bike, I had less poetic thoughts. The road to Paradise is tough. I bet there are not many days when it is not. You rattle at every speed. It is either cold, wet, dry, hot, windy; never ‘Goldilocks’ I assume. But beautiful, nonetheless.

It is the metaphor that we use a lot as small business owners. Being in business always means facing up to and addressing challenges. They will come from anywhere, like the orcs in Lord of the Rings. Some are lasting and profound, others more temporal and superficial. But you choose to be in business to overcome these challenges. Not be cowed by it, to whinge about it or to blame others for it, like a pandemic, the government, your suppliers, or your staff; the list goes on. As per Darwin, those who fit in best in the new environment, survive and thrive. So, take ownership, self-reflect, adapt, and change.

Like our mountain bike trek to Paradise, the road to business success is tough, but it is satisfying and rewarding too.

About the author: Geerten Lengkeek is the Managing Director of Productivity People.