7 Pieces of Business Advice from Kids
In an attempt to enlighten the masses of millennials making their way in the world, Buzzfeed sat adults down with little kids and filmed their conversation about love. Here’s an excerpt of the conversation in the video titled, “Watch These Adorable Kids Give Love Advice to Adults” – watch the video here. Regardless of your generation, everyone has the opportunity to learn something when you change your perspective a little.
Adult: “Should I give her chocolates?”
Adult: “What? Why?”
Kid: “Because what if they melt!”
Adult: “That’s a good point”
Adult: “What if I want to break up?”
Kid: “…..Run away”
Contrary to popular belief, kids aren’t entirely full of it. Sure, their limited experience in the big wide world limits them greatly, but they provide insight that can be lost on, or forgotten about, by most adults.
Kids are great at keeping things simple—which is something small business owners struggle to do. Assuming you’re a small business owner and you’re either new to the game or you’ve been navigating your way through it for a while, here are some small pieces of advice that may help you find your edge – courtesy of the kids that live next door.
1. Be Honest
It can be scary – but sometimes the most effective way of communicating with people is to be honest. That’s not to say you should be mean – there’s a time and a place for everything – but share your ideas and speak your mind. Cut out the office politics and say it like it is.
As consumers become more familiar with the web and online marketing, it becomes easier to spot bogus claims, fakes, and outright lies. You know, like when your competitors fill their Facebook page with fake reviews and bogus awards. Make sure you back up your claims with facts, be thorough, and seek to build trust with your audience at all times. Consider joining an organization like the Better Business Bureau as a sign that you care.
2. Don’t Be Mean
Children are taught from a very early age that they have to be nice to those around them and treat others the way they’d like to be treated. Where it was once applied to the recess’s and lunch’s spend in the school yard, that mentality has transitioned to the workplace. How we treat each other at work matters. A study by Grenoble École de Management, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, shows that behavior involving politeness and regard for others in the workplace pays off. A smile and a simple thanks resulted in people being viewed as 27% warmer, 13% more competent, and 22% more civil.
This applies to the web as well. Despite the amazing work of companies such as Kelowna’s own Two Hat Security, harassment and abuse are still huge problems on the web. Google’s motto is “Don’t Be Evil”
3. Get Creative
Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest, and kids can be great at finding them. Creativity implies a freedom of the mind, and it can be easy for that to get lost in the noise at work. Kids never worry about the consequences of their creativity or will get embarrassed by what people might think of their idea; if they think it’s cool then it’s probably the BEST IDEA EVER KNOWN TO HUMAN KIND.
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4. Have Fun
If you don’t have fun running your company – you should probably re-evaluate. A great workplace culture is the backbone of your small business enterprise, and fun is at the crux of that. Laugh a lot, and work with people you like. People who feel love or joy in their job or chosen career are more successful than those who don’t. And when was the last time you witnessed a child do something they didn’t enjoy for longer than a second? Adopt a childlike carefree joy to your occupational outlook and you’ll be better off for it.
We often think of companies like Facebook and Google when we think of fun workplaces, but don’t kid yourself—their employees work extremely hard. Think about your staff and what might appeal to them. At our office, employees dress casual, get outside daily, take Frozen Yogurt field trips on a regular basis, challenge clients to classic video games, and settle disputes with Guitar Hero. Foosball table coming soon.
5. Get Curious
When have you ever known a child to ask only one question? “Why is the sky blue?”, “Are zombies real?”, “What does annoying mean?” Get curious, and ask questions – primarily ‘why’. ‘Why’ inspires creativity and fosters learning. Apple founder Steve Jobs agreed, and always advised that employers and employees should, “learn continually from people within and outside your company”.
6. Follow Your Intuition
It’s important to listen to your gut. A study conducted by the American Friends of Tel Aviv University found that when forced to choose between two options based on instinct alone, the participants in the study made the right call up to 90% of the time. Don’t limit yourself by making decisions more complicated than they need to be. Adults are often impaired in their decision making by fear and judgement, but children make decisions based off intuition far more than complicated thought process – something you might benefit by adopting a little more often.
Absorb, assess, and then act. Knowledge without action is impotence.
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7. Be Smart
Knowledge is power, so use that to your advantage. Like a child is taught in primary school, learn the basics well – understand them and build upon them – and learn at every chance you get. “Absorb, assess, and then act.” — Donald Trump. Wait. What? Donald Trump? Sure, why not. After all, it’s a great quote and he acts like a kid.