If Tigger was in business, he’d never come to me for business mentoring, partly because he wouldn’t be able to sit still in his chair in my office for a whole 2 hours – he’d need to be off doing something after about 10 minutes. And I’m not sure that Tigger would be a very satisfactory client, because he would be pretty unlikely to listen to my advice, and he’d just do whatever is in his head at the moment, not what was on our agreed action list at the end of the meeting.
Tigger is likely to be rash, and start up a million businesses all at once. He’ll put all of his money into a new business, and then re-mortgage his house to keep it going. He doesn’t finish off that product he was so keen to ship, because get bored with it half way through and will be in love with another idea which he also wants to do, but doesn’t quite finish that one either. Tigger’s website runs very slowly, because he’s put in so many extra gimmicks and plug ins because he thought they would help him bounce through and find the easy way to business success.
But the clients will love Business Tigger, and he loves all of them. He loves them so much that he overservices them, and provides much too much. But he’ll always have a good supply of them, because he’s always be out at networking events, talking to people and telling them about how good he is. Tigger’s such an attractive character that many of us will buy from him, even if we’re not sure that we need whatever he’s selling this month.
Tigger will have many business failures. He cries over the agency he had to close down because was so busy bouncing around getting new clients that he forgot to send out the correct invoices. And he sometimes wonders whatever happened to that business partner who ran off with all the money in the bank account. But the day after these terrible things happen, Tigger will be setting up another business.
Why you might want to channel some of your inner Tigger in business
Tigger might sound like a nightmare in business. And in many ways he would be. But I think the rest of us could do with channelling some of that Tigger spirit. I envy Tigger his resilience. He doesn’t blame himself if something goes wrong – he just gets up and goes on with the next thing. No self doubt for him.
And Tigger has bounce. Most of us could do with some more bounce. I spend a lot of my time encouraging clients that they can achieve what they’ve set out to achieve. Tigger wouldn’t need any of that. He completely believes that he can be a multi millionaire, and he’ll bounce along until he’d done it.
Tigger doesn’t worry about giving a talk about himself and his achievements in business. He’s be right up there on stage, telling you all about how he made it. He’s even proud of his failures, because he doesn’t see them as failures – just minor detours on the way to success.
Tigger is the first to do favours for other people, so he’d be a great referrer. All of these favours, and the fact that he’s a great guy to be around are what protects him from any real difficulties – whenever things go wrong for him, there’s always someone who’s happy to help him back on his feet.
If you’re a Tigger in business yourself…
If you recognise some of these Tigger traits in yourself, you’ll need some of the opposite traits to help you calm down and see things through. Obviously, you can’t change your Tigger personality – why should you? But it might be good to balance out your Tigger with a business partner or advisor who can help you to see things through and get to the end point where you actually make some money from your business. And you might want to adopt some calming habits such as meditation (even just for 2 minutes a day) or switching to drinking herbal tea instead of coffee which gives you extra bounce that you definitely don’t need.
If you’d like to be just a little more Tigger in business
I’m the opposite of Tigger in many ways. I like to plan, I’m happy to sit at my computer until a task is done, and although I like going to networking events and doing talks, sometimes I have to remind myself that I enjoy these more extravert parts of running a business.
Sometimes we all need some of Tigger’s great attributes. To reach down into ourselves, and find that bounce. Here are some of the things I’ve found which help me to be a bit more Tigger. They might be good for you too.
- Cardio exercise. I hate cardio – I’d much rather do yoga or pilates. But I’m a lot more Tigger if I ride my bike to work, which is a great way of doing cardio without realising it, or walking upstairs in giant Tigger bounces two steps at a time.
- Laughing. Tigger finds everything hilarious and is always having fun. There’s a myth that business is serious and no laughing is allowed. Join in with some other people to find the funny side, or just watch something funny during your lunch break
- Being outside. You can’t really imagine Tigger spending much time in the office, can you? I’m lucky that my office is 5 minutes from Brighton seafront, but even if you’re far from the sea, it can still be good to go for a walk to the local park to look at some trees. Tigger would climb up them, but I’ll leave that one up to you.
Photo credit – I think this is a photo of a lemur, but all the pics of Tigger were copyright to someone else. Thanks to Stefan Insam for this great photo of a lemur channelling his/her inner Tigger.