August 30, 2010

Wildly Personal Business Growth Questions

image This list of questions will help to open your mind to growth and new food opportunities that abound now. Each has no right or wrong answer, just your answer. Often the answer lies in asking the right question. Just run through these questions and see what pops in your mind as possible options and paths towards successful growth for your company.

1. Which is worse, failing or never trying?

2. If time is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

3. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about your company?

4. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of company would make you rich?

5. Are you selling what you believe in, or are you settling for what you currently offer customers?

6. If you knew your company would be sold in 3 years, how would it impact growth and sales differently?

7. To what degree have you actually controlled the growth and direction your company has taken?

8. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

9. If you could offer only one piece of advice to a new employee, what would it be?

10. Would you break the law to make a sale?

11. Have you ever been amazed at some result that you earlier thought was crazy?

12. What is something you know your company does differently than most others in your segment?

13. Do the products that taste best to you taste best to everyone else?

14. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do or introduce? What is holding you back?

15. Are you holding back some great item that should go on the market?

16. If you had to open another office or food plant other than your current city, where would you open and why?

17. Would you rather be a worried worker or a joyful achiever?

18. Why is your company in business?

19. Have you been the kind of supplier that you want supplying your business?

20. Which is worse, losing a customer due to neglect, issues, or competition?

21. Is there one customer your company is most dependent on?

22. Would you rather lose your entire product line or never be able to make another new product?

23. Is it possible to know a successful product without ever bringing it to market?

24. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?

25. What is your happiest customer memory? What makes it so special?

26. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive in your work?

27. If not now, then when?

28. Do kids like the products your company produces?

29. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?

30. Have you ever been with a customer, mostly just listened, and felt you had one of the best sales calls ever?

31. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is bad in your new product?

32. If you just received a million dollar grant to introduce a great new product, what would it be?

33. Would you rather have a smaller company?

34. Do you feel like you have lived this day a hundred times before?

35. When was the last time you rallied your troops behind a product or innovation that you strongly believed in with just your gut feel?

36. If you knew you would lose all but one customer this week, who would you keep?

37. Would you give away 10 points or 10 percent equity to get a celebrity endorsement or new technology?

38. What is the difference between being open for business and thriving?

39. When it is time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?

40. How does your company learn from mistakes?

41. What would you do differently in your business if you knew it could only help it grow?

42. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your production facility?

43. What do you love about your company and products? How are you sharing this with customers, consumers, and employees?

44. In 5 years from now, will what you do today matter in your business?

45. Decisions are being made right now in your company. The question is: Are they being made to add value to clients and consumers lives?

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