October’s Horological Times 2012
The summer vacation period being over after all the fun and excitement that we all deserved, we quickly realize the fall season has drawn fast upon us. It is time for reflection and assessment of our current standing, followed by planning and preparation for the following business year.
Planning for the future is always a good thing to do. Many of us are artisans and technicians, involved in the small world of watch and clock repair and restoration that come across our workbenches. Each repair has its own set of challenges that we have to identify and solve with the ultimate goal of rendering that timepiece back to working condition; and not just any working condition, but close to that of when it left the factory. This is a tall order. However, we quite often drown in the details of solving the challenges of the job in front of us, and this takes us away from the task of planning and growing our business. It is important to set time aside for this and ask someone else to help with planning if you are unsure of how to go about it. Asking for help does not mean we do not know, it means we want to plan better by minimizing mistakes.
Take one day off. Get out of your workshop if you need a different environment, a place where there are no interruptions, with no phone calls or e-mails. Get yourself a large calendar, some pens and markers, sticky notes, water and snacks but most importantly, your creative thinking. Use these tools to plan your year ahead and set some realistic business goals with some flexibility built in to them. Once you have a clear view of your year ahead, you can always verify your progress as the days advance. It will give you a better sense of control over your workdays.
I would like to report to you that your Board of Directors this year are a committed group of people who are diligently and carefully working on growing this organization for the future. The planning process is not always easy and this is where we require your input. Please take the time to take a notepad and write down your wishes and desires as to how the watch repair and clock repair profession can be better and more enjoyable. After this, I would like you to e-mail them to me at the address mentioned below so I can share them with the rest of the team on this Board of Directors.
Also, if you would like to serve on a committee or have questions, comments and concerns I encourage you to contact me at the following email address below.
In the meantime, keep your skills honed, your standards very high, your attitude professional, your tools and equipment in great condition and your workshops clean and organized; you never know who may come by to pay you a visit.