Posts Tagged ‘Vision’
Experience Springs Forth From The Core Purpose Of The Organization- Manifesto Point #3 Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Moving beyond the corporate buzzwords of mission, vision and values lies a powerful tool that can’t be underestimated for your business.
Businesses that have a defined mission and a shared commitment to that mission. This is not only important for you and your team but is also important to your customers. They want to know that you are in alignment with their values and beliefs as well.
Take a minute to assess your organizations mission and ask yourself how clear it is. Also, determine how committed your team is to your mission as well.
Time Is A Limited Resource, Use It Wisely Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
The most common thing that I hear from business owners is that they don’t have time. There is no time to work on systems for their business. No time for marketing their business. Time is indeed precious. It’s just amazing how easily we waste time and don’t use the resource to their advantage.
I would love to tell you that I use every minute of business time wisely. I too am susceptible to wasting time. The sad thing is that we know we are wasting time and feel powerless to stop it. I have worked a lot on narrowing the time waste gap. Here are some things that I know work.
Have Vision- Knowing where you want to go makes knowing how you are going to spend your time that much clearer. Vision is the foundation for a lot of things in your business especially time management.
Lay out specific objectives for your business. When you have a specific set of key objectives for your business, you now have a road map for how you can best spend your time and what will make your business successful. This is also a great tool for employee management as well to ensure that they know what ultimately makes them and the company successful.
Get a time management system. There is a not a one-size-fits-all solution for time management but you need to find a system that plays to your strengths and that you can follow. What works for me may not work for you. There are tons of great time management systems out there; Getting Things Done, Franklin Covey just to name a couple. Pick a system and then make it your mission to execute it. Time management is a behavior issue and changing behaviors isn’t easy.
How are you going to make sure you spend focused time on your business? Is your business closer to its goals today than it was yesterday? Having vision, objectives and a system in place will allow you to better track your progress and give you a much clearer picture of how you and your team are performing.
In business, change is your only constant so you must constantly create Monday, November 15th, 2010
Stagnation in business is a leading factor in business failure. The fact is, in life, change is your only constant and about your only guarantee. The challenge for business owners is to be prepared for this, regardless of your current successes. The market doesn’t care about your track record or past wins, it doesn’t even care if you are doing well right now. The market only wants demands met by supply. Once some of these are met, it will move on to others and often leave the old demands in the past.
There is no long term “pension” reward for past work in the marketplace, its all about current supply meeting up with current demands. Well folks, if you supply something great today, it may not be so tomorrow unless you are ready for the constant of change! I mean, the prime example of a failure to prepare for change is the vast majority of mortgage brokers. One day, you are making half-a-mil a year and the next, you are filing bankruptcy, losing your assets and saying “why me!?” It doesn’t mean business who are prepared for change do not experience any downswing, only that it doesn’t cripple them and they are also preparing for their next upswing.
The only way to adapt to this change is to be constantly creating. You must continually spend time specifically flushing out ideas, executing on some of them, adapting services, adding new ones, diversifying old ones and generally “tweaking” your business. Having a system in place to work through ideas will allow you to make change in your business a constant that keeps up with and meets the change guaranteed by life. Some simple steps start with creating time on a weekly basis to look at your ideas and make plans for action on them. What is the next step? Part of this time is spent simply vetting out new ideas and deciding on viability and priority, the rest is spent deciding how to implement the top ones and then you simply must do what you decide.
There you go, on a weekly basis, do the following:
- Get all the ideas out there and vet out their viability and priority
- Decide on the immediate next steps for the top ideas and those you are actively working on
- Now finish with all this pie-in-the-sky planning time and get down to getting this stuff done!!
Taking time to make change in your business as constant as change in life will create sustainability within your business and ensure your “best-year” will always be the one you are in!
Upcoming Training on Implementing a Cycle of Creation in your Business
Our Cycle of Creation event is coming up in Salt Lake on December 9th and 10th. You can check out details for the event and register for that as well by visiting here.