We are living in a day and age where few people are held responsible for their actions (or more often, lack of action). It seems to have become the norm for many of our business- and political leaders to apportion blame or provide eloquent reasons (aka excuses) as to why things went wrong, or why they did not deliver the desired results.
In recent weeks and months we have heard about the Education Department’s non-delivery of textbooks, striking mine-workers, service delivery protests, labour unrest in many sectors and the excessive consulting-spend by government departments, to name a few. In each of these instances, we could hardly see anyone owning up or taking responsibility – just a lot of investigation, discussion and blame-shifting. I’m not sure about you, but I find this EXTREMELY annoying and hence my reason for today’s topic about taking personal responsibility.
Have you ever critically evaluated how you show up for business? The first impression that you are making or the impact that your presence has on a given situation? Ever wondered if you could do something differently to have a more powerful presence and impactful intercation when you show up for business?
It is not only my opinion, but also my experience that HOW you show up for business or in the workplace will determine your results – and your success.
We have all experienced adversity or some set-back at some time or another. That nauseating, gut-wrenching feeling when something goes wrong (trust me, I have had this feeling MANY times in my life).
It might be something simple like a car break-down or getting stuck in a traffic jam. Or it might be something more significant like losing a key client, missing a tender submission deadline, the sobering realisation that your project will horribly run over budget, or even being the victim of crime.
You have probably attended at least a few in your lifetime. Those boring, brain-numbing time-wasting meetings that drone on forever. The meetings where nobody ever seems to get to the point and most people leave wondering why they were even present.
Well, you have to admit that meetings are sometimes a necessary evil. They play an important part in planning, preparing, communicating, influencing and concluding business. So, how can you ensure they creat great results?
Having an effective, productive meeting that leaves you energised and satisfied that you’ve really accomplished your goal is not that difficult. Here are six top tips to get the most out of your meetings.
In business, time equals money and, as an entrepreneur or business owner, you definitely cannot afford to waste either. In recent months I’ve seen several struggling entrepreneurs and business owners wasting time and losing out on business due to poor organisation. The key to curbing unnecessary wastage is simple – Get Organised!
Looking at figures released by the US Small Business Association in 2011, it is interesting to note that according to its surveys, 30% of small businesses will not survive their first two years in business. Even more alarming is that only 50% will make it past the five-year mark! These statistics look much better than other (unsubstantiated) ones that have been circulating in recent years, but it is still disturbingly high.
The main reasons cited for failure include:…
For most of us in business or in a workplace, the professional journey is hardly a smooth ride. Getting and staying in business, or in a top professional position for that matter, usually comes with a magnitude of challenges. And, well, from time to time we get tempted to walk away from it all – to give up.
I often talk about success factors for business and life in general. As a matter of fact, it is one of those common threads in my business and the messages I share. One of the key professional success factors is tenacity, or the ability to persist and navigate through tough times (even when it is REALLY tempting to just give up). Yes, giving-up on professional hopes, dreams and desires is a significant reason why businesses cease to exist in tough times.
Networking is a highly effective way to build and develop business- and social relationships AND grow your business. During my professional career I have found that most of my new clients have contacted me as a result of direct- or indirect referrals from my personal and professional network. As a result, NETWORKING is one of my top-ranking marketing strategies within my marketing plan.
Here are 20 things that I do to make Networking WORK for me:
Gratitude, or the emotion of appreciation and joy in response to receiving a gift, is one of the basic ingredients for experiencing a good life. Research in recent years has indicated that an attitude of gratitude has many benefits, including improving mental and physical health. But that’s not the only benefit. In business, gratitude enables us to maintain a mindset of positive expectation, attract opportunity and move into our higher professional purpose.
Studies over the last decade found that adults who regularly feel grateful have increased energy and optimism, more social connections and are happier than those who do not. They’re also less likely to be envious or greedy, PLUS they often earn more money!
As a business coach and consultant working with different types of business ventures and individuals over the years, I’ve come to learn that not every entrepreneur or business owner has the daily habits needed to create success in their business. When it comes to growing and succeeding in business, HABITS can either make or break us.
In essence, a habit is something we personally create by repeating a particular behaviour – something we do over and over again without really having to think about it.