looking ahead

Building Your Business for Success: Look ahead

Stephen L. Capper, along with his wife, Nora, and their daughters, Jami and Toni, owns and operates A-1 Awards, Inc. in Indianapolis. He has been associated with the awards and recognition industry for over 45 years, and has given numerous seminars since 1979.

Note: This tip appears in the July 2018 issue of A&E magazine. To ensure that you can access this and other industry-focused pieces, be sure to subscribe today!

Those who are successful have the ability to look ahead of the curve, anticipate the needs of tomorrow, and develop a vision. 

These leaders look ahead and learn from the past; they don’t dwell on the mistakes of the past – they remember not to repeat errors. They are always looking for the next hurdle in their business and seem to have thought about it well in advance. They really anticipate the future with studied control of what they can offer without placing their team in stress. 

This isn’t to say they don’t have stress, but they have learned how to live with it and accept the way to separate good and bad stress. Some stress is good because it can motivate your team to go beyond their built-in capabilities and accomplish more than they thought was possible. Leaders of the business team must move in a positive manner to motivate with control and deliberate with pin-point precision the purpose and the direction so that everyone is on board and pulling in the same direction. This principle of leadership is imperative to the overall success of small business. 

—Stephen Capper, A-1 Awards