As a small business owner with a small team it’s easy to think you are the only one who should be leading. It’s easy to think that you need to know everything, direct everything and be in charge of everything. After all, you are employing people to...read more
2018 is fast approaching! The new year is always a great opportunity to start with a clean slate, consider what you want to change and improve and set your resolutions for the year to come.The concept of New Years’ resolutions can be a bit of a standing...read more
It’s rare in business that we take time out to think about the bigger picture. We’re often so busy just keeping the business going (delivering for our clients, managing employees, keeping on top of suppliers, maintaining relationships with key partners etc) that the...read more
On Monday night I went out for a nice meal at a gastro pub in a country village. I’d not been there before and I was impressed. Nice atmosphere, tasty wines, delicious food, all was going really well until it came to desert. I plumped for the blackberry and apple...read more
As an entrepreneur it can be easy to think this way about recruitment. You’ve grafted to create a company that generates enough income that you can now employ others, but it’s been blood, sweat and tears all the way. Now you’re in a position to offer...read more
There are so many factors that go into making up a successful business. You’ve got to have a lot of things in place including The right product or service The right people to deliver it The right leadership The right systems and processes The right messaging to...read more
Once you have clarified your business purpose by reading the previous blog and answering the 20 Questions guaranteed to fuel the fire that will drive you to greater business success! you should have a boost in your drive to achieve the next level in your business and...read more
When someone leaves employment to start their own business they experience a huge surge of excitement about the possibility of what the future can hold for them. They are liberated from working for someone else's gain. Away from the stress of their old employer. ...read more
If like many other Business Owners you struggle with balancing the amount of things you have committed to with the amount of time you have, then you may be in danger of “time bankruptcy!” This means you are reaching the point where time debt is creeping higher and...read more
It is important to have a series of numbers you are always measuring in your business that tell you if your efforts are achieving what you’re looking to achieve. Reviewing these on a monthly basis gives you a snapshot of the health of your business, but also give you key information about whether what you’re spending your time on is worthwhile or not. If you can see numbers going up in the way you want, then you know the things you are doing are working and therefore it is worthwhile doing more of it. If the numbers aren’t going up then it also tells you that you might be wasting your time on some activities.read more
Accountability is all about ACTION. It drives the learning and action cycle and when sustained over time creates change.
By having someone or something check in that action has been taken as agreed ensures progress. So just the simple act of telling your plan to another person raises the stakes. Making your commitments public draws your attention to it and reinforces its importance.
Being held accountable empowers the change you want to make. Accountability can provide the means for change and creates a great opportunity to acknowledge how you succeed. The structure of an accountability partnership in some way helps to get into action and stay in action to achieve goals.
I recently overheard a conversation where someone was talking about their strategy for developing business ideas. They said the key is to “throw a lot of things out there and see what sticks, then do more of that.” Now the first thing I thought of when I heard this...read more