ShareTweet I was at a networking meeting the other day and I asked people what made them set up a business in the first place and what do they enjoy most about being self employed. Almost to a woman they said “being my own boss” ” in control of my own destiny” – in other words, autonomy. Autonomy [...] . . . → Read More: Do You Control Your Own Destiny?
ShareTweet I’ve been working with a couple of businesses recently that have had problems with writing contracts to deal with all eventualities… the trouble is it has resulted in bad blood between the parties… what do you do when there is conflict between business partners? This is a really hard one to deal with. The argument can be [...] . . . → Read More: Small Business: 6 Ways to Deal with Conflict
ShareTweet What’s one characteristic you need in business if you are to survive in the long term? Resilience? Great Products? Yes all of those, but what I was thinking of was: integrity. By that I mean giving your word to something and delivering ( or overdelivering) on that promise. And it is more than keeping your word it is also about notifying [...] . . . → Read More: Successful Small Business: What You Can’t Do Without
ShareTweet This week I had a question from one of my clients about how to get the best out of their employees… particularly if one is being” difficult” or uncooperative… To be honest I don’t think I can summarize better than in this blog post from the e-myth blog.Incidentally if you have never read the e-myth books [...] . . . → Read More: Small Business: Do Your Employees Play Ball?
ShareTweet When did you last make a mistake in business? This week unfortunately I made a mistake on some accountancy work. I could make a lot of excuses – I was tired,trying to deal with a number of conflicting deadlines, had inherited a spreadsheet and made a different set of assumptions etc. the point is though, that [...] . . . → Read More: In Business How Was Your Last Mistake?
ShareTweet What are you really hearing? In the previous post I looked at what we are really saying. Today I will be looking at what we really hear. DO you find that with someone close family members you know exactly what they are going to say and how they are going to react before they have spoken.? Do [...] . . . → Read More: 52 Questions #43 What Are You Really Hearing?
ShareTweet The brilliant actor and raconteur Peter Ustinov once said the art of communication is the art of being understood by another….in other words just because you have sent it out one way with your set of filters and intention and emotional baggage and your perspective doesn’t mean to say it will be received in the [...] . . . → Read More: 52 Questions #42 What Are You Really Saying?
ShareTweet In the start up phase of your business, your key job is selling and getting your product or service to market as quickly and efficiently as possible. Until you have made your first sale you can’t honestly say that you are in business and then you need to repeat that as often as you can [...] . . . → Read More: 52 Questions #37 What Can Only You Do In Your Business?
ShareTweet If you have conflicts within your team, whether those are expressed - or not – then your business will suffer. For business success you need a fully motivated cohesive team who have a process for dealing with conflict. This is so easy to say but can be quite tricky to deal with in reality. Sometimes [...] . . . → Read More: 52 Questions #35 How Do You Deal With Team Conflict?
ShareTweet Even if you are alone in your business you work with other people and need to persuade them to do things, whether that is providing you with an outsourced service, or bookkeeping. Do you have the right mix of talents in your team in your business? The key word there is mix. As part of my midlife crisis [...] . . . → Read More: 52 Questions #34 Do You Have All Stars In Your Business?