Uncertainty Is A Huge Detractor

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” that helps you and your company thrive!

This week’s focus: uncertainty

People and financial markets eschew uncertainty. For those of us in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ve been dealing with:

  • Uncertainties around the government shutdown and its reopening
  • Uncertainties around whether the U.S. would default on our debt and what might ensue from that
  • The uncertainty of a BART strike–the transit system that moves nearly 400,000 people a day to/from work
  • An AC Transit strike that might coincide with the BART strike further crippling another mission-critical transit system

With respect to the government shutdown and debt ceiling, we dodged a bullet but for only a short time. We’ll be back here again after the holidays. The BART strike will come to an end after much pain is inflicted on all commuters (BART riders, drivers, etc.) simply trying to get to work.

The drama and trauma of all this isn’t good yet it’s in our faces every day. The best we can do is not get too caught up in the news and remind ourselves that these storm clouds will pass.

What swords of Damocles are omnipresent in your business, taking a toll on your team, your employees and/or your customers? What are you doing to rid yourself of issues that foster uncertainty? Certainly these issues can’t accelerate growth!

Thought for the week:

My father, Robert Gardner, is getting special recognition at his alma mater–Stanford University–for having earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering 65 years ago.

All Stanford undergraduate alumni who graduated more than 65 years ago are members of the Cardinal Society, a distinguished group honoring Stanford’s earliest classes. His sister, also a Stanford graduate, joined the Cardinal Society 4 years earlier and is joining him in this multi-day celebration.

Congratulations, Dad!

What do you think? I welcome your comments!

Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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