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What Your Business Can Learn From The Beatles

There is no doubt that The Beatles are one of the biggest successes in the music business. Why not use them as an example for your own financial advising business as you move ahead?

There is no doubt that The Beatles are one of the biggest successes in the music business. Why not use them as an example for your own financial advising business as you move ahead? There was a great article sent to me by an esteemed colleague in San Jose a few years back. The San Jose Mercury Times (SJMT) spoke about business principals from The Beatles subtitled “Five Good Decisions They Made Ensured the Band’s Success.” Using analogies like the SJMT article will help move our selves forward.

The first analogy was “Spread the Spotlight.” This is really important as it is not always about you. We work with many teams on a theory we call “lift to climb” which means bring in more talent; support other people; create mentoring programs and spread the spotlight.

The Beatles also had a “Single Shared Vision.” There is probably nothing more important than having a shared vision. If you look at some of the biggest and greatest companies they all have a shared vision.  People in successful companies know where they are headed, and they know the potentially different roads to get to the same end place. Make sure you have a shared vision with your team or partner.

The Beatles also “played to each of their strengths.” All entrepreneurs need to look at their strengths because it is how they will get to where they are going. If you play to your strengths, as every member of The Beatles played to their strengths, the whole organization or the whole group will move forward. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

The Beatles “shook it up” - so how is your business challenging conventional wisdom? If you keep doing things the same way you get the same results. What have you done that put you outside the box? What helped make your organization or your team more effective? Think about that and “lead the change.”

“Carrying the weight together” is something else The Beatles did. Being successful in your own business or in a team or an organization is hard work. You will need to work in your communities to establish your relationships that will keep you moving forward. Working together can make the load easier. So put on some music.  “She loves you yeah, yeah, yeah” and use that inspiration as you move through your business week.

Where do you get your business inspiration?

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Jeff Mark August 05, 2012 at 07:17 AM
I resist reducing the Beatles' influence to a collection of buzzword phrases, but these are very good points. Although if you really want an example of a business model for rock 'n roll, try the Rolling Stones.

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