Election Cheers or Election Blues: What to Do When It Affects You
Election cheers or election blues we’ve all been through a rollercoaster.
As we all know here in Australia, we just went through a federal election with an unpredicted result. Some will be cheering, and some will be trying to figure out what happened. Either way, you might be wondering what next and how this may impact you and your business.
No matter what part of the political spectrum you fall on change is in the air.
One of the fundamentals of all politics is that new decisions are always being made; it is the nature of this particular beast. What this means is we need to think about how to position ourselves concerning this.
So I would like to share with you some of the things that help me through a political transition.
4 Tips for Political Change:
1. Stick to the plan:
This is my first piece of advice. Initially, not much will happen; this is how legislation works. So at least for the time being sticking to your original business plan will probably be important for you so as not to be distracted by any new changes coming.
2. Ground in the now:
Over anticipating or worrying about the future may not serve you. It is easy to get caught up in excitement or apprehension about what may or may not be coming. Remember, it is the day-to-day work that keeps your business going, so it is important to keep focused on what is right in front of you.
3. Organise Accordingly:
Keep up to date about what is relevant for you. As changes get legislated, this is the time to trigger a review of your business planning and then make appropriate changes.
Before things being legislated the reality is that the changes are not real, the proposed changes may need to be altered for several reasons from a change in Australian economics, to inner-party shifts in focus, to finding a way forward through disagreements between the upper and lower houses of parliament.
4. Rise above the beast:
The bestial part of politics is the division of communities into ‘us and them’.
Even if you feel strongly about one political party the reality is that your business will accept fees for products and services no matter what a client/customer’s political affiliation is.
If you feel strongly about politics, now that the election is over, you can refocus your core business of providing great things across a breadth of Australian society.
Oh, the sacrilege, politics is not everything:
In the end, it is important to remember that although politics are important, it is not the end all and be all of everything that impacts your business. When done well, your business can transcend political divides.
Election cheers or election blues, let’s make the most of it.
Remember, your business can bring you a profit, personal satisfaction, and can even assist with building communities. If you feel strongly about your communities, a post-election environment can be the time to use your business practices to build bridges.
Why not make some money while reaching across the divide and bolstering both your business and community. Politics is not everything, so get on with the delivery of good products and services.
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