Stand for something other than profit or bragging rights. What does your reputation stand for? After all, that is what is going to keep you afloat and making profit. The minute that starts to turn sour, the profit slows and the heckling and hate speeds up. It is imperative for any owner to take a stand on what he or she values and what direction to take the company in. Yes, your decision will not go over smoothly with most people, but you can sleep easy knowing the ground under your feet is as solid as a rock.
Weak footing leads to a weak company. Your company will get pulled in all sorts of directions and you will have opinions coming from all over place trying to tell you what is best for your company. What we do know is that the customers you are servicing are going to suffer tremendously. That is the last thing you want to happen. You want your customers to be able to rely on you and know that you are providing the best service and product.
It comes down to how you want your business to labeled, and in my opinion, there are only two labels. The strong label that only businesses with a plan, a goal and the desire to execute their plans are assigned. Then, you have the weak or timid label that is given to businesses that cannot make up their mind on which direction they are going to take the company. These businesses are under the impression that the customer will wait for them to finally make up their mind. This is a big mistake. Today's customers follow more trends then they know what to do with. Good luck trying to recoup that profit back.
To stand for something, you must have a great foundation that cannot be moved. If your foundation is solid, the more successful you will be, in my opinion. Trying to persuade you to switch sides will be a tough task for anyone. A weak foundation, on the other hand, will cause you to be all over the place-- you will be constantly repairing your reputation with the promise of "this time it is different," or some other pathetic ploy to get your customers back. Don't let that be you. When you build your business, make sure it is on a solid foundation that is built to last.
Businesses that last are built on a strong foundation that has held them up through any, and every kind of storm imaginable. Make sure your business can survive the storms.