My older brother always says the right thing at the right time. He’s the most consistently witty person I know. Here’s an example: When I was growing up, my family and I were having a rather rowdy dinner one evening. I have eight siblings, so our get-togethers could get a little hectic.
At dinner, my dad had finally had enough of his kids arguing so he declared, “The next person who says anything rude will leave this table!” A few seconds passed in silence as we all looked at each other nervously. Then my brother (whose plate was already empty) calmly asked our dad, “May I please be excused… you idiot?”
All the tension in the room was instantly replaced by laughter.
My brother is always coming up with the cleverest thing to say to diffuse stressful situations and solve problems. I try to emulate his gift of wit and sometimes it works but other times I fall on my face. It’s fun to keep trying, though.
The Cleverest Person in the Room
Are you more like me or my brother when it comes to knowing how to run your business? Can you confidently make decisions on the spur of the moment or do you sometimes hesitate and feel like you’re not sure what to do?
You don’t have to be the wittiest person in the world to run your business well. You just need to stay current on important data, such as:
- How many products you have in stock.
- When you need to reorder.
- How fast an order is expected to be delivered.
- Which products are your top sellers.
Make sure this information is easily accessible so you don’t have to spend a lot of time tracking it down. You can gain instant access to your inventory data when you use mobile devices. With a good supply chain management system, you can always have the facts you need to steer your business in the right direction. You’ll be the smartest one in the room and you’ll probably even be able to see opportunities for growth that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.
When everyone else is at a loss for words as they face a challenge, you can be the one to speak up and lay out a clever plan of action. You can make this happen if you have all the facts from your supply chain management system.