Have, Hire, Hold, Help, Harp, Hack, Hype and Heap!

16 May

octopusBeing the sales & marketing recruiter, social media nut, and sales coach, I normally write about sales and marketing. But today, I want to hit on all three aspects of a vibrant business. It should be mastered in this order: 1- Leadership 2- Operations and then 3- Sales & Marketing. To crystallize the nuts and bolts of running a successful business, we developed the Eight Octopus H’s or Oh8. If you can’t raise 10 million bucks, this is your next best option.

  1. Have a solid business plan (fixed and flexible)
  2. Hire the right people
  3. Hold onto ALL your good employees
  4. Help them succeed
  5. Harp on teamwork
  6. Hack the problems (inside and out)
  7. Hype your business process (written, posted, trained…)
  8. Heap the rewards (rinse and repeat over and over and over again)

We usually make it too complicated. Review this list – and live and breathe it. They aren’t just nasty four letter words. Good luck with Have, Hire, Hold, Help, Harp, Hack, Hype, and Heaping! Let me know if we can help with the Hire, Hold, and Help pieces.

Recommended reading associated with this topic:

  • First Break All the Rules (and the whole series) -Buckingham
  • Traction -Wickman
  • The 4-Hour Workweek -Ferriss

Make it a great day~ Drew Schmitz



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