Trust in God, but lock your car – 5 ways how to do it

Alright, buckle up and listen closely, my friends. It’s time to dive into the delicate art of trust and self-preservation. You see, it’s like Donald Trump once said, hire the best you can afford, but don’t just hand out your trust like candy on Halloween. We don’t want our employees running off with our hard-earned riches, do we? Yet, we also can’t turn our workplace into a demoralized circus of suspicion. It’s a tightrope walk, but fear not, for I have five cunning ways to keep your sanity intact while keeping an eye on your team:

  1. Don’t just skim the surface, but dive deep into the abyss of your Profit & Loss statement every single month. Don’t rely on your finance guy to give you the Cliff’s Notes version. Spend a solid hour immersing yourself in the nitty-gritty details.
  2. Oh, the expense statements! They are the holy grail of truth. Randomly inspect those statements from your key employees. Also Watch out for those sneaky souls who try to pad them up like a mattress. And remember, integrity is non-negotiable.
  3. Ah, the grand theater of overheads! Let’s build a culture of thriftiness, my friends. No more wasting money on trivial matters. Switch off those lights when they’re not needed, take color printouts only when absolutely necessary, and plan your travels smartly. These seemingly small actions can save big bucks and also earn you the respect of your team.
  4. Reports, reports, reports! Don’t ever give the impression that you’re neglecting them, even if you’re drowning in a sea of paperwork. Show your team that accountability and discipline reign supreme. Here’s a cheeky CEO secret: bring those piles of office files home on the weekends. Do you read them? Not really, but your employees don’t need to know that, do they?
  5. Now, my friends, let’s get down to the real deal. Talk to your top 20% of customers every single month. No second-hand gossip or grapevine tales will do. Go straight to the source and get real feedback. Nothing beats hearing it from the horse’s mouth, right?

Remember, as the mighty driver of your business, you must be the first to hear any bad news. As Napoleon wisely put it, a good leader can be defeated, but never caught off guard. So, trust in God, but for goodness’ sake, lock your car tight. And by car, I mean your business empire. Stay sharp, my friends!

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Hemant Mishrra

About the author: Hemant is the Founder & CEO of branding and marketing firm ”Neeti Brand Accelerator” in Mumbai. He is a brand strategist and has worked with more than 150 brands during last two decades. He is also mentor and coach to SMEs and startups. You can visit the website You can contact him at

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