Thursday, 24 April 2014

Being Jack Bauer in business

No, no, no you must not torture rivals to obtain classified business information or disobey key laws.

Rather, I've been catching up on '24' on Netflix (I'm currently halfway through season 5) my way of getting through menial admin tasks.

It occurs to me that Jack Bauer has it hard. No sooner has he captured a key suspect than he is called away to defuse a poison gas cannister. The countdown gets to zero then he discovers that there is a mole in CTU, whilst he's tracing the mole (small furry animal?) he is betrayed by his best friend and has to fight his way into a terrorist compound to rescue the President who will shortly order Jack to be handed over to the Chinese government for treason.

Phew and that's all in less than 24 hours.

In this way the eponymous Jack is very similar to the average small business person. Not in terms of the violence but certainly in that we have to do everything - sales, admin, PR, client segmentation, networking and so forth  - so maybe we don't need Jack's ruthlessness but a bit of his focus and commitment clearly helps succeed.

So next time you only have four minutes to complete a client proposal, whilst the phone is ringing off the hook and you have to go out on an important appointment remember - you are the hero, the only hero of your own episode of '24'.

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