There is an “I” in BUSINESS!

Earlier this week, I had someone tell me how great our new store is. He went on to say that “If I know you, this will be a huge success!” He then offered a product suggestion and insisted that I carry this item. For a number of reasons, I will not take his suggestion. (I DO appreciate his suggestion, he really wanted to help!) This is just a thought for anyone out there who owns their own business. Hopefully you have put in the time and understand the ins and outs of your trade. I hope that you have had some experience every single trivial task involved in making your company successful. Sweeping, mopping, stocking shelves, conducting inventory, balancing the books, marketing, advertising, selling, customer service. Your business acumen, achievement drive and natural ability !i3will take you a long way, but you MUST put in the time and pay your dues in order to really be successful! Now, back to my original statement… there is a reason I am qualified to do what I do… there is a reason you are qualified to do what YOU DO. Do not be afraid to take the helm and make tough decisions! Do not be afraid to say “no” or “no thank you!”. The fact is, we have all heard “There is no ‘I’ in TEAM”, right? BUT, there IS an ‘I’ in BUSINESS. And the “I” in business means “I write the checks, I pay the bills, I am the one whose name is on the line, I am the one who takes the risk, I am the one who had the dream for this business, I have put in the hard work, I am the “I” in the business!” Don’t be afraid to take risks, don’t be afraid to make decisions! YOU DO WHAT YOU DO for a reason. Be the “I” in your business

Deer Creek Chamber Business of the Month!

Chief DataCom is the Deer Creek Chamber’s Business of the Month. Chief DataCom is owned and operated by Chad and Leslie NesSmith.

We install video surveillance (also known as security camera systems), business phone systems and structured cabling. Chad started in this business about 25 years ago and is well respected in this industry. We are very community minded; we both coach youth sports and volunteer for our church and other community organizations. We even offer free workshops on home safety and security. We believe it is our responsibility to give back to the community!

Right now, video surveillance is in high demand. It seems that we cannot go a week without someone calling us because they were burglarized, the victim of employee dishonesty or some other type of crime. We have a true passion for this business and helping people. Nothing is more satisfying than one of our customers calling us to say that we helped them avoid loss or catch a bad guy!

Video surveillance is so much more affordable now than it was just a few short years ago. In addition, the technology has really advanced! Now, a person can be in another country and can keep an eye on their home or business in real time on their smart phone. With 5 kids ranging in age from 9 to 19, we have put our cameras to good use!

If you have every though about having a security camera system installed in your home or business, please give us a call. We offer great service, great products and a great price! And, we are right down the street from you!

Proud members of the Deer Creek Chamber of Commerce!

Deer Creek Business of the Month

Shop Yukon!

At Chief DataCom, we are proud to be an active member of the Yukon Chamber of Commerce. And this year, weare excited to be a Shop Yukon merchant! Listen to these fun clips from my radio interview with Shirley Mears to learn more. You will also hear the familiar voice of Homer T. Claus!

Shop Yukon, Interview With Leslie NesSmith

Shop Yukon, Interview With Leslie NesSmith 2

Shop Yukon, Interview With Leslie NesSmith 3

To kiss or not to kiss..

As a business owner who is very connected to the community I have the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people. I attend 3-6 networking or community type events per week and have decided that “someone” needs to have the nerve to talk about some networking boundaries.

For the sake of ease, I am going to relate networking to dating.

Think back to your first crush; every time you saw him or her, your heart would beat just a little faster. You would see them on the playground, in the cafeteria and if you were lucky… on the bus. You longed for that moment when you might get to touch hands or maybe even kiss! Yes, I said it. Kiss.

What does kissing have to do with networking?

We all have those people that we really want or need to connect with. The owner of a certain company, the decision maker at a firm; we all have “that” person we long to meet and make a much desired business connection. However, so many business owners “lean in for the kiss” before ever asking your name or what it is that you do!

When I say “lean in for the kiss” I am referring to a couple of common premature actions that many people make. One of the most common is randomly handing out business cards. I know, you want to get your name and number in front of as many people as possible, right?

Let’s think about this in reference to dating. What would we think about a man or woman who went to a singles group and started handing out their number to everyone? Or what if they were asking everyone for their number? Sounds a little forward doesn’t it? What about that person who asks everyone they meet for a lunch date?

“Let’s do lunch”

I understand that this is a very common and in some circles an accepted way to get to know someone. BUT, lunch is intimate. It really is. Think about eating in general; we have holidays, birthdays, date night, funerals… they are all tied together with the intimacy of eating food. Personally, I do not feel comfortable AT ALL sitting down with someone I have never met or barely know and eating. It is uncomfortable. What should I order? What if they are not hungry? Or they’re a vegan? What if I get food stuck in my teeth and don’t know? What if the service is poor? What if the conversation is uninteresting and I am stuck with them for an hour? What if they expect me to pay?

Alternative? Meet for coffee. Meet in a group setting such as following a networking event. Meet at your office. And, ALWAYS set a start and end time. Then honor it. It is incredibly frustrating when I meet with someone who totally disregards the time. I’m busy. You’re busy. Let’s be considerate of each other’s schedules.

Here’s my rule: Don’t eat lunch with anyone that you would hesitate to tell them “hey, you have a big piece of spinach between your teeth.”

And, finally, the last boundary I would like to talk about; STOP trying to sell your product to EVERYONE! As great as your product is, it is NOT for everyone! And people who choose not to buy from you are entitled to spend their money as they see fit. I do not care how healthy, affordable, competitive, lucrative you product is! I have the right NOT to buy it. However, much like dating, if you take the time to develop a relationship with me and my business I may send you referrals. I may not buy from you, but chances are I know people who will!

Please feel free to share your comments!

Business After Hours at Chief

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Deer Creek Chamber business after hours! We were honored to host you.
As many of you know, we are very active in the community including; the Greater OKC Chamber, the Yukon Chamber, the Deer Creek Chamber and the Lawton/Ft.Sill Chamber. In addition to our Chamber involvement, we also lead & attend various networking groups in the area. We believe in strengthening small business in the Oklahoma City and surrounding areas. We encourage all small businesses to join your local Chamber of Commerce and find some networking groups to attend. We also encourage you to support and refer other small local businesses. It is THE FUTURE of Oklahoma City!
Thank you all for your support of THIS small business!

Being Thankful

 This is the time of year when people casually ask one another “So, what are you thankful for?”  Most respond with the canned answer “My family, health, job….” Yet oftentimes those very same people have actions that are inconsistent with their words.   They may take loved ones for granted, treat their body as anything but a temple and adopt a “laissez faire” attitude towards their place of employment and co-workers. 

So many times as fallible human beings we tend to only appreciate people (jobs, things, relationships) when we have lost them (or have come dangerously close). 

Being truly thankful in a raw and uninhibited way can only come by humbling ourselves and exposing our gratitude even at the risk of appearing vulnerable.   Maybe that is why so few people feel comfortable graciously accepting a gift or kind words; for fear of others knowing they “needed” it. 

 Genuine unabated thankfulness comes from receiving something we could not have attained on our own; it does not come from obtaining a “want” it comes from fulfilling a need. 

 I am thankful for my family, health and job; however, I am forever indebted to the one who gave them to me.

 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

Thank you to our family, friends and customers for a great year!  We are grateful for you all.  Have a happy Thanksgiving and be sure take some time to give thanks for what really matters.

He put the “Chief” in Chief DataCom


Chad NesSmith

Chad NesSmith is the President and owner of Chief DataCom.  You may wonder why this statement is significant.  It so happens that Chad is a bit of a celebrity in the world of telecom. 

More often than not, when I go into my usual dissertation about Chief DataCom and how awesome we are (and I get to the point where I talk about Chad) this is the response I get: “Chad NesSmith! Wow! He put in our telephone system 20 years ago!!” 

Chad’s career began about 25 years ago in Lawton, Oklahoma.  He has worked with many interesting people over the years, including the now State Auditor, Gary Jones (who used to own a telecom company).  Chad also installed his very first video surveillance system during that time.  It is interesting to hear how much video surveillance and telephone systems have changed over the years!

Chad also holds a number of certifications for telecom and network services in addition to holding a state license for video surveillance.  Chad is often sought out by other professionals in the industry when they are in need of an expert opinion or advice on how to manage a particular project.

In 1989, Chad took his expertise to the next level and purchased (along with a partner) a flailing telecom company that was sinking like rock.  As president, he successfully turned it into a very prosperous commercial telecommunications company and was even awarded the coveted “Best of Business” award. He enjoyed this success for several years and eventually decided to sell his interest in the company and reinvest in a new company, a new adventure. 

This new company would be born of his own ideas, expertise, superior customer service skills, personal values and of course his wife’s (Leslie) energy.  The company is Chief DataCom.  Though Chief DataCom is a new company, the experience behind the company rivals any company of its sort in the state of Oklahoma. 

Now you “know” the man who put the “Chief” in Chief DataCom

“Why?” a Shared Blog

As I was giving thought to this week’s blog, I came across the blog for the Central Oklahoma Homebuilders Association blog and thought it would be a good one to share.

“Last week I was blessed to hear a sermon titled “Why?”. It was about Why bad things happen to good people. The pastor used an example of another pastor’s two year old child riding his tricycle in a driveway and being run over and killed by someone backing out. This was the extreme side but there is also the everyday “bad” stuff that happens to all of us on a seemingly daily basis.

I consider myself a “good” person. I go to church, teach a Sunday school class, tithe, volunteer, and I’m too busy the rest of the time to get in trouble if I wanted too. Yet, there are many days I come home from work asking “Why?”. Appliances stolen from a job, some trade didn’t finish like scheduled and now the next trades opening is 10 days out, neighbors calling complaining about framers music waking their sleeping baby, and plumbing leaks across the wood floor of the home we closed last week. This would make me come home asking “Why?”.

Monday I got to play in a charity golf tournament (played well too) and was fortunate to be able to leave the course and drive straight to a closing. Good Monday! Tuesday morning I received three contracts and a fourth that afternoon. Not bad considering we had just sold our oldest spec three days earlier. So, here I was driving home Tuesday evening and just as I was about to think “now this is more like it”, it sunk in and I thought “Why?”. This was not part of the sermon but it sure made sense and made me think…”Why?”.

Take what you want from this MMU but I know I do business with a lot of “good” people that are a lot like me and I’m sure I’m not the only one that asks “Why?”. The answer can be found in Job 1&2; however, the whole book of Job is easy worthwhile reading.”
Written By: Jim Schuff

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A strange title for a blog post on a for-profit website!  Actually, it is the theme for the month at Chief DataCom.  We have all heard the expression “pay it forward” and Oprah coined the phrase “random acts of kindness”, but, how many businesses out there actually take this to heart?

It is true that a little generosity goes a long way much like the ripples from a pebble tossed in a lake.  The effect of a kind act is infinite! 

I can remember many times in my life when the kindness of a person, especially a stranger, moved me to pay it forward.  From the time when I was 6 years old and learned that “Santa Claus” was actually the West Walden Street Church of God (our family was poor), to the time when the perfect stranger paid my toll on the San Mateo bridge: I felt the overwhelming need to help the less fortunate.

In the book The Genius of Generosity, it talks about how true generosity is not measured in the size of the gift, rather, the size of the sacrifice.  Anyone with “much” should be able to give generously.  Anyone with little who gives “much” is truly generous!

This month we are donating a percentage of our sales to The City Rescue Mission.  We are a small company, but, I hope our pebble will create infinite waves!