When you don't make one, someone makes one for you. If you make one too early, you may regret it. It's the lifeline, the conduit, the facilitator and the support system making making things work: decisions. We are making decisions constantly in business. But are our decisions the right ones?
While this is not meant to second guess (or cause you to, slowing your business), this idea was put here to make you understand that decisions are based on options. Too often we hear expressions like "I had no decision" or "It's too hard to make a decision right now". If you are in business or your work for someone's business, it is your job to make decisions from a complete understanding of the options.
Now, not everyone has the time to completely research every option (I hear that from dealer principals and management regularly) and that is fair. But when opportunity knocks loudly and clearly, how you can not make a decision is one of the greatest mysteries in not just the auto industry, but any industry that is sales-related. No time to take meetings these days? Won't entertain vendors, sales reps and consultants? Watch the light at the end of the tunnel fade completely out.
When you lead, you get to take the advantage of time, less competition, more opportunity and other great benefits. There is also more risk but let's not forget why you're in business in the first place. Dealers that didn't ignore the Internet got a decent start. Those who not only jumped on but got educated and leveraged web-based CRM, online marketing, SEO, SEM and other technology are, more often than not, reaping the benefits and mitigating their losses right now (unfortunately those who suffer from buy-it-and-dont-use-it-or-understand-it-itis don't qualify).
Now is the time to take the bull by the horns. Stop waiting, stop following. Start being part of the solution, the decision, the opportunity, the what's next! And guess what?
You get to have the chicken AND the egg…
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