Seven Things Kids Can Teach Us About Business.
Kids have this special kind of innocence that can teach adults a thing or two. Especially in business. Yes, you read that right. A lot of lessons taught to young kids would serve us well in businesses today. Here are seven things that kids can teach us about business.
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A couple of years ago, Buzzfeed released a video called “Watch These Adorable Kids Give Love Advice to Adults”. It quickly went viral.
The two-minute video goes a little something like this:
Adult: “Should I give her chocolates?”
Adult: “What? Why?”
Kid: “Because what if they melt!”
Adult: “That’s a good point”
Kids are great at keeping things simple. Something business owners can struggle with. Here are some small pieces of advice that may help your business in a big way. Find your business edge courtesy of the kids next door.
It can be scary, but the most effective way of communicating with people is honesty. Think about how honest kids are. They share what they’re thinking, feeling and experiencing without shame.
Share your ideas, speak your mind and say it like it is. But be nice about it. As the world becomes more tech-focused, it becomes easier to misuse the space with false claims, reviews and more.
Be honest with your claims, back them up with data. Seek to build trust with your audience at all times. People connect best with companies that run on a personal, human level.
Don’t be mean.
Children are taught from a very early age that they have to be nice to those around them. To treat others the way they’d like to be treated. Where it once applied to the lunch break and recess in the schoolyard, this mentality can be transitioned to the workplace.
How we treat each other at work matters. A study by Grenoble Ecole de Management shows that behaviour involving politeness and regard for others in the workplace pays off. A smile and a simple “thanks” resulted in people being viewed as 27% warmer, 13% more competent, and 22% more civil.
This same lesson can be brought into how you treat prospects, leads, clients and those who decide not to work with your company. Always choose kindness because the internet is forever.
Creativity implies freedom of the mind. Something that kids are great at. It’s easy to get lost in the noise at work, we get that. But when it’s time to get creative, bring out your child-like self and work that way.
Kids never worry about the consequences of their creativity and don’t worry about being embarrassed by what other people might think. They just simply create.
Try it next time you’re in the middle of a creative project. Let your mind go and create freely. Some of your best work may come out of it. We know ours does.
If you don’t have fun running your business – you should re-evaluate. Great workplace culture is the backbone of your business enterprise and fun is at the crux of that. Laugh a lot and work with people you like. People who feel love and joy in their job and career are more successful than those who don’t. Plus, they will produce more creative work.
Think about it this way.
When was the last time you witnessed a child do something they didn’t enjoy for longer than a second? If you adopt a more childlike joy to your career outlook, you’ll be better for it.
We often think of companies like Facebook and Google when we think of fun workplaces. Their employees work extremely hard and have a fun place that helps bring creativity to the forefront. In our office, we laugh a lot. We have team lunches. We play basketball and we do monthly team challenges. Friendly humans creating killer digital.
Kids ask a lot of questions. They have a whole phase known as the “why” phase where they’re constantly asking why. Why is the sky blue? Why do people get sick? Why do I eat three times a day? Why aren’t there any more dinosaurs?
Get curious. Ask questions. “Why” questions inspire creativity and foster learning. Question your content choices. Question your website design. Question user experience. Question how your lead generation is working.
Get curious, question everything and then work on answering them. One by one.
Follow your intuition.
It’s important to listen to your gut. We’ve been told this since we were kids ourselves. A study conducted by the American Friends of Tel Aviv University found that when forced to choose between two options based on instinct alone, the participants in the study made the right call up to 90% of the time.
Don’t limit yourself by making decisions more complicated than they need to be. Adults are often impaired in their decision making by fear and judgement. But, children make decisions based on intuition far more than complicated thought processes.
Envious? When you have to make your next business decision, pay close attention to what your intuition is telling you to do.
Knowledge is power, so use it to your advantage. Children are taught in primary school to learn the basics. Then once they understand those to build upon them. You should never stop learning. While your school days may be over, there are always ways to continue learning.
Red rover, red rover, we call you over.
There you have it. A handful of ways you could learn from a kid. Simple, easy, and completely possible. If you learn to trust your gut more, to get creative and to be nice about it, your business will thank you. Because our parents taught us to use our manners.