This Week@Work the skills shortage has been touted as a skills crisis. How do you get the right people to do the right thing at the right time, all the time? The solution lies deep within your business – understanding clearly what problem you solve, for whom and then codifying the activities that deliver the solution and experience are the key to building a purposeful team.
This Week@Work, setting your business apart in a crowded market is vital if you want to grow. Building your commercial systems to enable it, even more so. Sourcing the blueprint for how your business systems will be built, is the key that unlocks your scale and growth, or a chaotic nightmare.
Innovation creates something more for the same price, OR the same for a better price. It means you should constantly create, test, experiment, and improve what you already have….even if it works. It’s a practice and mindset and the key to unlocking the excitement your business needs to attract talent, suppliers, and customers and make it more interesting for you.
This Week@Work there are two things that will determine the future of your business.
1. Attitude – the way we see the world determines whether we see opportunities or risk, whether we embrace change or hide from it.
2. Our actions, specifically our unconscious ones, the habits that have helped us to start, build and grow our companies, may be the same habits that are now holding us back from next level growth
Once your business has achieved a ceiling of performance, your time and attention determine your future success. Habits formed whilst building your company will fail its future growth and value.
This Week@Work, purpose is paramount. I visited a successful tea company who now proudly display their original tea sorter (a DIY modified cement mixer!) in their reception area to remind the business about their heritage. In tough times, go back to what you’ve been through and come through to motivate you to get through now, and focus on what needs to come next.
This Week@Work I’m taking us off the beaten track, and I’m not going alone. In a tough business environment we can’t tackle every single challenge alone. Surround yourself with trusted allies to get out of your head – it makes the climbs more manageable, interesting and rewarding.
This Week@Work, I presented a series of workshops with business owners looking for scale and growth, of course! One of the big discussion points was who should lead that growth. As the business owner you’re the biggest investor in your business and growth inherently carries risk. You need to be the one driving growth as you have everything to lose or gain from it.
This Week@Work, a fierce debate around technology, and ChatGPT specifically got me thinking about the importance of being an early adopter to stay ahead of your competition.
You can choose to constantly explore what new technology is out there, understand how it can benefit your business, and to implement it to lead your industry, or you can take a more cautious approach, see how it pans out, and you will find yourself lagging behind.
This week@work I met with group of business owners who are deeply passionate about their business and it got me thinking about the difference between purpose and intent.
As a business owner the idealism of our purpose drives us to continue to invest in our businesses day after day after day. But it’s the pragmatism of our intent that is as important if we are to leave a legacy, and to monetise those years of investment, sacrifice and risk.
Watch as I share their story to illustrate the difference between the two