When Rocky Balboa fought the world champion Apollo Creed, he set out to ‘go the distance’ and last all 15 rounds. His goal was not to get a quick knock out, but to prove his worth. This is something which managers should take on board; don’t base your business decisions on quick ‘cash ins’ - sometimes in business it is important to make decisions based on long term prospects and goals.
In Rocky I, Apollo Creed states he wants to give “a local Philadelphia boy a shot at the greatest title in the world”, which ultimately meant that Rocky was given his chance to become the world’s greatest boxer. As a business owner, it is essential that you recognize talent when you see it and allow others a chance to succeed; after all, the better an employee performs, the better it will be for your business!
In Rocky II, Rocky’s ‘southpaw’ (which refers to him being a left-handed boxer) benefited him greatly as most of his opponents’ strongest punches were from their right fists. However, once everyone knew about his southpaw, Rocky had to turn his weakness into his strength by building up his right punch to throw off Apollo Creed in their rematch. As in business, you must try to use your weaknesses as strengths to overcome any obstacles that are thrown your way – do this and your competition will struggle to beat you!
Rocky started out from a humble background and his boxing career began by fighting in the streets! In Rocky IV, Rocky had to train in the outdoors of freezing Siberia, whilst his opponent trained using the most technologically advanced machines. However, he never allowed his lack of resources to prevent him from reaching his goal in life. This is a fundamental lesson all managers and business owners should learn – use the resources you have to their full potential and never allow anything to hold you back. Determination is your greatest strength so never lose it.
Having the right management style is essential to the overall success of your company and the happiness of your employees, and as we all know: high staff morale equates to high productivity.
Knowing how to run a business in such a tough economic climate has become a rarity with so many small companies falling victim to the unrelenting recession. It is therefore important that you adopt the right management approach, maintain a positive outlook, and never give up in order to achieve your career goals.
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