For the past six months I have had the privilege of being my own boss hehehe. Now, my office is wherever I have access to my phone and/or laptop. I’ve worked from everywhere possible, my bed, bathroom (yikes I know!), the kitchen, my car, my kid’s school parking lot, hotel lobbies, bank lobbies, client’s offices… the list is endless!
One of the side gigs I have been doing apart from corporate training is selling ‘Made in Ghana’ books which have helped me personally. So occasionally I would walk from office to office or to an individual and sell these to them, I actually enjoy this. My favourite among them is ‘Why you are not rich as you should be’ by Joseph Kyei Ankrah. The look alone on people’s faces when they read the title is priceless hahahahaaa! So on one of such selling spree, I decided to quickly dash to all the offices on the ground floor of a certain building in Adum before picking my kids from school.
Here is what I saw…
First office: a lady lying lazily in a swivel chair. She seemed to be a Receptionist but there was nothing receptive about her, neither her body language nor the way she spoke. The office was dead quite with no activity whatsoever.
Second office: another lady with earphones and looking on her phone. She seemed shocked to see me standing there, I bet she didn’t hear me open and close the door. There too, I saw no sign of business activity.
Third office: two gentlemen and a lady, all properly slouched in their seats! I couldn’t believe it! No facial expression from them, no sign of enthusiasm to see a potential client. I felt amused as I mentally interpreted their reaction to me ‘who is this one too?’ lol. It was a Savings and Loan company.
By the third office, I prayed silently ‘Lord, please don’t give me an office until my team is occupied with productivity everyday’ I felt sad for their business owners because I knew the mood would have been totally different if they were present. I wondered, are businesses generally slow because the economy is slow? Why do they look so dull? Is it that they have nothing to do or is it an attitudinal problem? Why are they sitting in their offices with AC running when their clients are elsewhere? Why won’t they go out and find business?
In this same economy in which there are so many complaints about businesses not doing so well, others are not just surviving but thriving. I am curious, what are they doing differently? I am on a mission to find out, and I aim to share as much as I can with you here. If you have the answers, please share with me ok? Sharing they say, is caring.
Ama Duncan is a Corporate Trainer and Founder of Corporate Training Solutions and The Fabulous Woman Network