Ah, fall! Bonfires, pumpkin everything, and cozy sweaters. It also brings one of my personal favorite holidays — Hobbit Day (September 22)! What is that, you ask? Hobbit Day marks the shared birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins (from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings). While it’s a fun day to geek out about Tolkien’s beautifully crafted masterpiece, it’s also a great time to reflect on the sage words of those brave little shire folk and those who helped them on their journey. And yes, it can be extended to lessons for modern business leaders today!
Grab a pint, nestle into your favorite, well-loved armchair and let’s delve into some Hobbity insight!
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf the Grey
Slowing down and taking things simply can sometimes be just the remedy you need. And, while you should absolutely plan for the future of your business, don’t lose track of the present. Focusing on the numbers while ignoring your audience, whether that’s not taking time to nurture your brand on social media, or delaying updating your website, will only hurt you in the long run.
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – Thorin Oakenshield
It can be easy to just focus on the bottom line. But, customers respond to benevolent companies and quality products. Prove yourself to be honest, transparent, and trustworthy and you will get a response. People like to support businesses that make them feel good. First and foremost, concentrate on making your customers happy.
“Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” – Aragorn, son of Arathorn
Going off Thorin’s quote from above, always do the right thing. Even if you think no one is noticing, and even if it’s sometimes hard to do — always. You’ll not only foster a thriving environment, but you’ll garner trust and respect from your peers, employees, and clients.
“If you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – Bilbo Baggins
Stay grounded, armor yourself with knowledge, and always prepare for the worst-case scenario. We’ve all gotten caught up in a dream, a big idea, or an exciting new project. But you can’t let that shift your attention from your day-to-day business. Being an effective leader requires a strong balance between seeing the bigger picture, and mastering the fine details.
“Short cuts make long delays.” – Peregrin ‘Pippin’ Took
Don’t try and take shortcuts on the road to your success. If it’s worth achieving, then there are no shortcuts. Your persistence and hard work will pay off, and you’ll feel a greater sense of fulfillment — appreciate that journey. That extends to trying to cut corners in your business, too. Delaying hiring, or cutting back on your social media presence may feel like you are saving money now, but they can end up hurting you in the long run.
“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.” – Samwise Gamgee, quoting his old gaffer.
Stop procrastinating! Getting caught up in all the day-to-day stuff happens to all of us and sometimes the to-dos can feel like they are never-ending. And before you know it you are pushing some things so far to the sidelines they get lost. Try creating an updated to-do list, taking on the pressing matters first, and ending with the not-so-fun things. Keep your goals and deadlines realistic.
Now, go off and celebrate Hobbit Day! And remember, if you need a Fellowship to help you on your journey, the KreativElement team can come to your aid! Contact us to get started on your next adventure.