You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to succeed – following a proven model is a surefire way to reach your goals. Legendary hitmaker Berry Gordy’s Motown blueprint for success was based on his time working in an automobile factory in Detroit. Inspired by the assembly line process of building a car step by step, Gordy created a place where a talented kid could walk in one door, unknown, go through a process, and come out another door, a star. Following this proven strategy, Gordy developed the famous ‘Hitsville’ model that took the world by storm. Here’s how that same model can help you to achieve phenomenal success in your business and your life:
Find, Sign and Develop Talent
Gordy’s focus was always to find, sign and then develop the best talent. In your business, you also want to find the best talent for your team. You need people who really connect with your vision, brand and who and what you are. Then, you need to intentionally unlock and develop their potential. By the way, you also need to take this approach with your clients, your customers and yourself.
Today’s environment is so hectic and fast-paced that quality is often compromised, only to be replaced with sloppiness. In everything you do, both personally and professionally, ask yourself: Can you put your name to it? Are you going above and beyond for your clients? Are you consistently exceeding customers’ expectations? Are you keeping your skills sharp so that you can serve at the highest levels? Are you dedicated to personal growth and development so that you can be the best version of yourself? If you lead by example, others will follow.
Competition Breeds Champions
Competition often gets bad press, but it actually makes things better. As a consumer, for example, competition means you get a better deal and a superior product. Without competition, you would have far less choice. When it comes to your team, you should encourage competition, as Gordy did, but you must also make sure to nurture respect. In other words, encourage your team to compete without it becoming so heated that it kills your culture.
Innovate or Stagnate
In today’s ever-changing world, you have to innovate or you will stagnate. Work to improve your skills and stay ahead of the curve with ongoing training, such as The Pathway to Mastery. Remember too that, as your team members grow and become raised up, they will begin to push boundaries. As a leader, you have to be prepared to adjust and take their thoughts and ideas into account or you will get stuck. Remember – you’re either growing or you’re dying!
To learn more about how Motown can help to make your business and your life a hit, listen to the latest episode of “The Brian Buffini Show.”