- Producer11/10/2016Ideas, prototypes and Murphy's Law...To this day I remember a "moment" between a sales professional and a hardened General Manager (hGM)... it went something like this Sales Professional: "I think we need to do this... I would do it this way... It would be great for the company and I...
Comments21/10/2016 #14 Phil Friedman#12 Graham, I'd like to invite you to share this post into the BUSINESS HUB hive, which is topic filtered for business ideas and opinions from real-world business people. @Renée 🐝 Cormier kindly brought this post to my attention, and it is clearly one that we would like to have in the hive, but we allow only the original author to share it. This is because we want him or her to be aware of its appearance and be available for interaction with BUSINESS HUB members. Our beBee address is: https://www.bebee.com/group/business-hub Looking forward to it, and to seeing much more of your work. Cheers! CC; @Randy Keho, Business Hub Co-administrator.18/10/2016 #8 Randy KehoThis reminds me of a conversation I had with my young, tech-savvy partner. He came up with a revolutionary concept and created a 3-D prototype of the product. After that, he was lost. That's when he came to me. He couldn't break free from the constraints of his cyber world. I told him he would have to get up from his computer, walk to the door, and take a peek outside. That's where the real world exists.
I took him to a local, upscale establishment featuring a wide assortment of IPA beverages. His product could revolutionize the beverage-dispensing industry. I struck up a conversation with a sales and marketing rep, who was there because his products were being featured that evening. I showed him a photo on my phone of the 3-D prototype. He excitedly gave me the name of a guy he knew at a beverage-dispensing company. We met and he requested that we send a copy of the prototype to his research and development department at their corporate offices. Once it arrived, they called me everyday for a week, requesting further information.
Negotiations are ongoing, although we've recently entered into negotiations with a rival company to, hopefully, move things along. It's slow-going, but companies don't invest in or outright purchase potential products without careful review. So, I guess we could be awaiting Murphy's Law to strike. We'll see.18/10/2016 #7 Renée 🐝 Cormier#6 I'm glad to hear that you are a for profit business rather than a charity. I certainly hear what you are saying regarding your value for being able to provide consistency for children and families. Charities all compete for funding that is quite limited and yes, the children pay the heaviest price. I see many areas where I can assist you, Harvey. I sold education in one form or another for much of my career and I have a strong understanding of what parents go through trying to get adequate help for their children.18/10/2016 #6 Harvey Lloyd#5 I read and watched the video you posted. I can climb on my stump pretty quickly when parents are concerned. Several of our staff who have been trained under our systems of understanding have volunteered to advocate for parents who couldn't intellectually stand up for themselves.
Your post was very visual for me. I don't know details but i know the challenges brought on by mixing the love of a child with government run institutions. I experienced this in small ways with my children and the system. But have witnessed the system and it ambivalence to parents and needs. To be fair we have met a few who seemed to work well beyond the job description to get both parent and students the help they needed.
I want to make both you and Graham aware we are a for profit school that contracts with the public systems and DSS to provide educational services. I'm not a non-profit fan in these types of situations. We operate like one. Most of the profits are folded back into some form of student service. This is our choice. Many of the students we serve have been served by benevolent folks through non profits, that left them at the corner when the money was just not there to continue. In starting this business I or we determined that the P&L statement was in place to insure sustainability. Which in turn gives students consistency.18/10/2016 #4 Harvey Lloyd#2 @Renée 🐝 Cormier Thanks for your offer of help. My comment was less than informative to the issues at hand. We work in a complex atmosphere as most business don't have three customers to serve within one purchase. @Graham🐝 Edwards lit a fire because he moved my position to see the problem differently, Thanks.
We serve students with special needs where our main goal is to enrich the lives of the students, secondarily our customer is the parent or guardian. The next tier of customer is our Local Education Authority or LEA. This is the entity that would place a student within our service envelope. Another business customer is CSA or the group that executes the Community Services Act.
We have worked for years to try and bring the disassociated factions of education together with shared goals. It's a desperate situation and our youth suffer. Graham demonstrated that maybe the visualization of such shared goals is what is needed. How do we make it tangible to all.
I long for the day we go out of business. This will mean that our education system has figured out that students need not comply with goals of knowledge rather goals of thriving are individual and more important. But until such a day happens we will continue to seek shared goals within the eclectic community called education.
Should you are Graham have any pointers to prototyping a service that crosses, governmental, parental and student needs. I would be most interested. That sentence caused me to want an umbrella drink and sand between my toes.18/10/2016 #2 Renée 🐝 CormierGraham, I missed this post when you first published it. It is a great complement to one I wrote a few weeks ago on how to execute plans. @Harvey Lloyd, this may interest you as well. @Graham🐝 Edwards and I partner on projects, so please let us know if we can help you. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@renee-cormier/work-the-plan-secrets-to-successful-business-execution11/10/2016 #1 Harvey Lloyd@Graham🐝 Edwards you have lit a fire under my gluteus maximus. Thanks. I have a question i didn't have before reading. We are trying to reach our customers differently. We provide a human service to a public entities and we need to do what you said....We need a prototype/model for our SERVICE that is "tangible". Thanks for the boot.