Recipe for Failure in the Janitorial Cleaning Business: The Flying Grasshopper Story
The Flying Grasshopper Story
I walk at a local park several days a week. It’s basically a 6 ft. wide asphalt paved path that
Anyway, during one of my walks, the actual asphalt path was particularly covered with
1. The super small ones, to
2. The middle size ones that can get some kind of tar-like gunk on your shirt when they jump up
3. The larger ‘flying’ kind.
I haven’t looked into it, but my guess is there’s something about the warmth of the pavement they
Well, one of these larger flying ones that was up ahead sitting right where I was headed – jumped,
But not this one – he just flew ahead of me about 25 ft., but didn’t get out of the way.
He didn’t jump to safety on either side into the field – but, instead just plopped himself down,
I know, not amazing of a story yet, but the difference is that this was only the beginning.
That’s right, as I came storming (walking) directly at him again – he did the exact same thing – jumping about 25 ft. ahead only to land directly in the middle of my way, again.
Long story short, he didn’t quit, he didn’t change his strategy a bit – and kept narrowly escaping me stepping on him!
#1. I was so fascinated and I think I would have followed him indefinitely – only stopping for injury or darkness, just to see how this would end.
#2 Afterwards, I wanted to report it to the nearest scientist for further study; but didn’t. (kidding)
Ok, he eventually, and I mean eventually, jumped out of the way (into the field) – but only after following this habit nearly half way around the park.
Fine, the ‘grasshopper story’ isn’t going to become the subject of a block buster movie any time
Now, I know the reason why this behavior happened could be chalked-up to something as simple as chance or just one grasshopper instinctually trying to find a warm spot on the pavement.
But, it was remarkable how this one grasshopper stubbornly stuck with his futile strategy -
Ok now to the point, and I think there is one, is this:
Sometimes, we can be like that grasshopper – continually, endlessly, mindlessly, doing the same
It’s like the old definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again – but expecting a different result.
Are you or I ever like the grasshopper in how we run our cleaning businesses?
If you’ve answered yes, good for you, for being honest, and don’t despair – the first step to getting real results, different results, desired results is knowing that what you’re doing now is not working.
The next step is doing something (planned, thoughtful) about it by making a real change.
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