They say history repeats itself, so in honor of President’s Day this month, we’ve collected a few tidbits of wit and wisdom from our founding fathers and applied it to navigating the challenging world of small business IT.
"It is by a thorough knowledge of the whole subject that [people] are enabled to judge correctly of the past and to give a proper direction to the future." - James Monroe
It’s hard to know where you are going if you don’t know where you have been, or even where you are for that matter. That’s why having “A Plan” for IT always starts with a thorough assessment of your company’s network infrastructure.
Managed IT providers, and their team of experienced professionals assess, stabilize, and secure, so leaders can focus on more important things like running their business. These days, no one expects a leader to know it all, but having the humility to call on the right resources is even better.
"Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” - Abraham Lincoln
Translation: be proactive, especially in the world of IT. Stop thinking you have tomorrow to address the problem you know you already have. If your network is slow, why is it slow? Are you constantly searching for lost files? Are your printers always down?
"It's amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry S. Truman
If you are the kind of leader who believes that things only get right when done yourself, this one might be a hard one to swallow. The reality is, we are a society driven by the praise of our peers. But waiting for a pat on the back can also slow you down.
Leaders hold the key to understanding and guiding the people within their organizations. If you are not open and honest with them, why would you expect them to do the same with you? Projects, no matter how big or small, cannot be developed in a vacuum. Do the work, make a plan, and make it clear to everyone how they fit in.