Thanks for the kind words of encouragment.
This has been a very interesting week! I have spoken with all three of the company owners individually about pricing, marketing, sales and the sales plan I presented to ownership this past Monday. I believe I have managed to bring all to my side of the table! Changes are taking place and it now looks like full speed ahead!
I`ll be "sticking my neck out" a little later today. I will be sitting down with my entrepreneur/owner and his recent college grad daughter/my boss and presenting my first quarter sales plan. Wish me luck!
As far as the insturmental references, well I guess I started out a long time ago as "third tuba" in the orchestra, but I have found myself playing lead guitar for four of the last five people I have worked for. I have also gone as far as I could go, (short of marrying the owner`s daughter) then moved on to another challenge. I have even been asked back twice for repeat performances, as I am doing now. Playing lead guitar has always left me living paycheck to paycheck, "starting my own band" has always been a dream of how to get from the last paycheck to the first draw check! Being the father of six, I alway take the safe bet on the paycheck!
I am NOT an entrepreneur, I`m the go to guy. How come there is no help on the SuN for the guy like me that is stuck with the heavy lifting? I am the guy that is constantly caught between ownership, trying to strike the balance between my entrepreneur owner and his wife, the keeper of the checkbook! I am always the bad guy when things are getting off the ground, and the magician a couple of years from now when ownship is rolling in dough! I need some help and tools to be able to demonstrate to all of my ownership the value of "the plan" the value of taking the time to write policy, procedure and decide what products and profit margins are appropriate for our industry. How do I, as an employee, convince ownship that just making sales will not solve all problems.
Thanks for the forum that lets me vent to those that would understand my plight.