I recently had the opportunity to work the assembly line bottling wine. My client is a local winery and every few months, he offers wine club members the chance to take part in the bottling, and offers nice incentives as compensation for “hard labor.” The opportunities had never worked out in the past, but this time it did.
Here’s what I learned: Bottling wine is physically taxing. The process is highly repetitive; with precision being at a premium. You need good teammates to keep the process running smoothly. It takes a lot of discipline and quality control. And if the the very last bottle doesn’t fill up because the wine ran out, well you get to drink it!
Correlation to business: Running a business is physically and mentally taxing. In order to be successful, one must create repeatable processes with sharp precision and attention to detail. Really good employees are needed; ones that have bought into the system and are compensated equitably for that work. Quality control and discipline are vital to viability. At the end of the day, it should be fun.
For you non-business owners, don’t feel left out. The concepts apply to your career and to your life.
The biggest thing I walked away with (other than some wonderful bottles of wine and a little fatigue) was the understanding that the bottle of wine I purchase at the store had a lot of moving parts play a part in its creation. If you want to create “fine wine” in your business, those same skill sets, characteristics, and discipline are needed.
It’s the best way to turn “water into wine.”
Quote of the Week:
”I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.”
~ W.C. Fields
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