Management Practices

Listen to and Question the Experts

Stacey Soble | September 11, 2015 | 8:07 AM

You don’t tell your surgeon how to hold a scalpel. She/he has spent a considerable portion of their life learning more about what they do than you’ll ever need or want to know. You trust them. 

The same holds true for graphic artists, marketers, public relations practitioners, lawyers, arborists, stylists, colorists, embalmers, and entomologists. 

Anything that can be done, there are people that specialize in it, they’re experts. Reach out and listen to them. If you’re a kick-ass stylist, colorist, or salon owner, there’s a good chance you didn’t have the opportunity to specialize in every other professional realm that exists. 

However, don’t soak in all this information blindly. Question it. Question everything you hear and see. The only way we have to move forward is by questioning how things are currently being done. There is a lot to be learned from the experts, we can’t exist without them…but there is always more to learn and new ways to do things.

Without questioning the experts, life would be very different. Our lives would include bloodletting, lobotomies, fear of sailing off the end of the Earth, believing box color works like a visit to the salon, and thinking that stylists are just people that cut hair.

Realize where your weaknesses are, reach out to the experts, and then pause and reflect long enough to make sure you don’t see a better way. Question things enough to know if the accepted method is what works best for you, or if maybe some adjustments are needed.

Facebook Comments

More from Management Practices

Salon Today 200 The team at Rock Paper Scissor SalonSpa in Santa Fe, NM.
Salon Today 200

2017 Salon Today 200: Employee Education

Stacey Soble | December 3, 2016

For the most successful service providers, education is a career-long process. The best salons develop systems to strengthen the skills and confidnece of their newest team members, whicle encouraging their seasoned staff to continually stretch by brining education into the salon or supporting those who venture out to seek new skills. Find out which salons received top honors in the Salon Today 200 by developing strong education programs.

Marketing Social media-savvy Stylists Jamie Dana and Jay Wesley Olson are desiging Social Media Magic, a two-day workshop to help stylists, salon owners and managers develop a social media brand and cultivate a community.

Learn How to Create Social Media Magic

Stacey Soble | January 20, 2017

Stylists Jamie Dana and Jay Wesley Olson team up on a social media workshop that will help attendees avoid pitfalls, cultivate an online presence and develop their personal brand. Held at LBP Studios in Miami, Florida, the workshop is open to all and offers a number of dates to choose from.

Salon Today 200 When Ayla lost her hair during treatment for a rare form of leukemia, her sister and several members of her Brownie troop decided they wanted to donate hair to Wigs for Kids. The team at Impressions in Mequon, WI, made that happen, and here Ayla makes the first cut.
Salon Today 200

2017 Salon Today 200: Philanthropy

Stacey Soble | December 5, 2016

When salons and spas participate in community charities or organize their own philanthropic activity, they often are acting from the heart. But the goodwill generated from these activities serves as a powerful marketing tool and can propel both personal and professional growth. Here are our 2017 Salon Today 200 honorees in the category of Philanthropy.

Load More