The Magoo Syndrome
How can you argue with that logic, when a Magoo-type business owner seems, somehow, to always land on his feet? Well, to tell the truth, you can't!
However, you might remember, in the cartoon—while Mr. Magoo was smiling, singing and enjoying his day—bedlam breaking out all around him—it was the OTHER people who were the recipients of his erratic and hazardous handling of his vehicle. Those OTHERS were the ones crashing into each other; constantly trying to avoid wrecks, and having to pay for his recklessness.
In the real world, being oblivious is not quite as funny as in the Magoo cartoons. The Mr. Magoo’s in business risk NOT landing on their feet, eventually, and paying a high premium by failing to pay attention to certain others around them—operating as if they haven't a care in the world.
There is a cure for The Magoo Syndrome, if you happen to have it! It may be just a pair of glasses is needed to see the chaos around you. Otherwise, if you stop and listen, you might hear all the frustrated cries—the legitimate voices of those employee and customer complaints.
Hopefully, this would be enough to wake up a Magoo, so they would change the way they operate.
May I suggest—if you've ever been accused of operating like Mr. Magoo—before your employees and customers walk out the door, you might take some time to read a few books on how to stop the "Magoo Syndrome" in your business; the answer is just a link away.
I believe, as owners or managers, it's our responsibility to make our working environment WORKABLE for everyone!
As for me...looks like I might benefit from a Driver's Ed refresher course!
Did I mention? Great systems work!
Philip Beyer, founder/president of Ebiz Products LLC and founder of Beyer Printing Inc. in Nashville Tenn., is a chronic entrepreneur, business systems analyst and consultant. Author of "System Busters: How to Stop Them in Your Business" and recipient of an InterTech Technology Award for the design and development of System100 business process management software. Beyer speaks to business owners across the country on how to bring lean, sustainable order to their businesses. Contact him at (615) 425-2652.