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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.
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!
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.
Success in business is often determined by getting the simple basics right. One of these basics (regardless if you are an employee, an entrepreneur in your own business, or running a large operation) is about building and maintaining strong relationships. Relationships with suppliers, new prospects, existing clients, former clients, affiliates, service providers – everybody who plays a role in making your business successful.
Yes, most of us prefer to socialise and do business with people we KNOW, LIKE and TRUST, and our relationships will determine if we are known, liked and trusted. Whilst most business people are able to connect and establish relationships, many fall short on following up and maintaining the relationships. Failure to follow up or nurture your relationships will have a direct negative impact your bottom-line and therefore your business success.
Networking is well known to be one of the most effective mechanisms to build and develop business- and social relationships. After all, most of us prefer to socialise and do business with people we KNOW, LIKE and TRUST. Master networkers know that not only do they connect with and attract ideal clients as a result of networking, but they often have more influence in business and in the workplace as well! Learning how to network effectively can enhance your credibility and boost your business or career in a big way, BUT there are a number of critical do’s and don’ts.
Here are some practical pointers to guide you in becoming a Master Networker:
I have a personal motto that “Life is too short not to love what you are doing”. Unfortunately, many professionals have not yet discovered their true passions and purpose, let alone aligning their business, career or life choices to these.
Let’s take a closer look at PROFESSIONAL PASSION – It is not only the fuel that gets us out of bed in the morning, but it is also an essential differentiator in determining our probability to succeed in the long-run!
High achieving businesses and individuals have a common trait – They consistently look to find and follow the fastest, most direct path to profitability and success. Consistently working at doing the right thing, the most efficient and effective way, to get significant results in business and in life. It is called FOCUS!
Despite this principle being really straightforward and simple, so many business owners and professionals are still struggling daily. Some are not really clear what they should be focussing on, whilst others think they are doing the right things, yet they are heading for disaster.
Here are a few simple business success strategies and tips that, if implemented, can significantly improve professional focus, success and profitability: