To Be Successful, Business Owners Need ‘The Right Stuff’

Business leaders need to have The Right Stuff courage and inventory, Fishbowl Blog“There was a demon that lived in the business world. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their inventory controls would freeze up, their balance sheets would buffet wildly, and their company would disintegrate. The demon lived at the point where your inventory management gets so complex Excel can’t handle it. He lived behind a barrier through which they said no small business could ever pass.”

This quote comes from the 1983 film The Right Stuff (though I did modify it a little). The good news is that this demon can be defeated, and I’ll tell you how.

Having The Right Stuff

To be a successful business leader, you have to have The Right Stuff. I mean that in more than one way because it can refer to personality traits, as well as more literal things.

You need tenacity and courage to persevere through any challenge that comes your way, but that’s not all you need.

Even the most courageous leader wouldn’t be much good without some impressive resources to back him or her up. That’s where the other part of The Right Stuff comes in. You must fill your warehouses with the right stuff, or inventory, that your customers are looking for.

Using The Right Tools

To slay the demon of complexity and have the right stuff in your warehouses at all times, you should use a secret weapon called inventory control software.

This software lets you:

  • Set up automatic reorder points to keep inventory levels stable
  • Speed up the receiving process
  • Organize your warehouses to maximize efficiency
  • Make picking, packing, and shipping faster and easier

Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier with the help of an advanced jet airplane. You can break through the barrier of complexity with the help of advanced inventory control software. It will help you keep the right stuff in your warehouse so you won’t be overstocked or understocked at inopportune times.

Then when you look in a mirror, you can ask yourself who’s the best businessperson you ever saw and you can honestly answer, “You’re lookin’ at him.”

The Right Stuff image is the copyright of its owner.


About Robert Lockard

Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks and small business. Fishbowl Inventory is the #1-requested inventory management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies. His favorite movies include Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Fiddler on the Roof, Back to the Future and Lawrence of Arabia.
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One Response to To Be Successful, Business Owners Need ‘The Right Stuff’

  1. Nic says:

    The difference between a successful business and a one that is constantly struggling for air can often be attributed to their “stuff” as mentioned in the article. Great ERP software can help dramatically change the downward course of many businesses. Inventory control software, complete management in accounting, payroll, purchasing, and sales are essential to business owners.

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