Setting the theme 'Get your ducks in a row'
I was on a trip to Bali recently with a group of people at a business development seminar. On an early morning beach walk we came across some duck herders. It was an incredible sight for me. I have never before seen ducks at the beach, there were literally hundreds of them being herded on the waters edge. The herders had complete control, there was a lead herder and two more at the back. The only time the ducks moved out of line was when one of the ladies in our group stood in their way to take a photo. The ducks just waited patiently for her to move, then continued in line.
I had heard the expression 'getting your ducks in row' before but this made me think about what it meant.
So, I Googled it.
I like this statement and it makes a lot of sense to me and what my organisation does. We help businesses get organised. Actually, the reason I thought to write this article was because I heard Tracy, my sales manager say to a prospective client on the phone 'OK, I understand you’re getting your ducks in a row'. Bam! There it was, exactly what we do.
We do the things that you don’t have time to do or don’t want to do. Most existing business people know exactly what needs to be done when it comes to managing their financials, but they struggle to get to it.
- Chasing up debtors
- Doing the paperwork
- Creating businesses documents and contracts
- Managing the budget.
During the seminar, I realised there were a lot of people who don’t know what to do or where to start. I found myself naturally helping them set up budgets and become clear on the costs needed to run their businesses and promotion plans. They had a rough idea but it was all in their head and not on paper where they could make sense of it.
The Power of Zero
Our own wooden duck as a reminder.
When we got back to the resort, 'getting your ducks in a row' soon became the theme for our seminar, which truly made sense. We were there creating promotion plans for our businesses; keeping everything in line and going in the right direction was going to be super important.
At the end of the seminar one of the participants gave us delegates a wooden duck as a reminder to keep to the theme.