Entrepreneurial, Goal Setting, Planning, Productivity, Success

It’s important to set goals for your business.  When you have well-defined goals, they will help your business grow, help you achieve your objectives, improve teamwork, improve collaboration, and help everyone understand the direction your business in heading towards.

Remember to set SMART goals:

– Specific
– Measurable
– Achievable
– Relevant
– Timely

Here are some tips to help you establish and reach your goals:

Create a clear statement for your purpose. Clear mental images help you see through any setbacks that may come along.

Make sure you consistently go over your goals (monthly, quarterly, or annually).  This helps you keep them relevant and achievable.

Take action.  Be sure to fit the type of action to the scope of each problem.  Some problems may require a longer detailed plan of action.

Keep yourself scheduled, but stick to it.  Use a calendar app to help you, and you’ll see your productivity level rise.

Remember that not everything works out the way you want it to.  Don’t be afraid of failure.  Respond to challenges and opportunities positively and flexibly.

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Appreciation, Culture, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Teamwork

All business owners want their employees to love coming to work.  Employees should not dread their jobs every day.  They should find it very hard to leave, but that’s not always the case.  Most of this is because of workplace stress, created by leaders, co-workers, or challenging projects.  Company Culture should ease some of this stress because culture is supposed to sustain employee enthusiasm.

Here are some tips to help business owners build a great company culture:

1 – Hire only people who fit into the current company culture.  Many qualified individuals may have a solid performance, but if their attitude clashes with the company culture, it can be detrimental to the business.

2 – Make sure all employees are in line with the company’s values and mission.  Those who are passionate about what the company is doing, become more dedicated and strive harder to accomplish goals.

3 – Help the team members feel like they’re part of a team, not just an individual.  Individuals can break down during conflicts and become ineffective.  Team members work together and work best when they are feeding off each other.  Teams get things done!

4 – Allow all the team members to help in decision making.  If employees just go to work and do what they’re told, they are only helping someone else achieve their dream.  Involve all employees in making company decisions.  They want to have a voice that creates meaningful impact within the company.

 

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business coaching, Goal Setting, Planning, Success

Goal setting is critical for business owners.  If you’re trying to reach specific goals, you’ll need a plan to get there.  Don’t repeat the same ineffective activities that suck you into a downward spiral.

Here are some ideas to help you reach your goals:

  1. Write down your plan.  Goals are actually an action plan.  Create your action plan and fill in the blanks between point A and point Z.  It will force you to think in concrete terms.
  2. Make your plan measurable.  Break down your goals into small steps and make each deadline realistic.  It will then be easier to measure your progress.
  3. Be fully committed.  Take the time to develop your plan, knowing why every step is important to you.  Commit to seeing the goals through to completion.

Achieve success by clearly defining your business goals and make sure to plan for obstacles and prepare for change, and you’ll end up with a clearly defined purpose for your business and your team.

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Communication, Leadership, Success, Teamwork

It’s very important for team members to learn how to embrace change in the workplace.  With technology and processes always changing, learning how to adapt to these challenges is critical to success.

Here are six ways to embrace change in the workplace:

1 – Stay open-minded and demonstrate flexibility.

2 – Showcase your skills to accommodate work demands.

3 – Be willing to adapt your work style in new and positive ways.

4 – Learn to communicate with your co-workers by changing your communication style.

5 – Approach challenges with fearlessness and drive.

6 – Stay positive and resist the urge to say “no.”

If employees can meet job challenges head-on, adapt their work styles, and see change as a growth opportunity, then companies will thrive.  They will not only be seen as a valuable team member, but their positive attitude and winning spirit will help play a role in the rise of their career.

 

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Communication, Culture, Goal Setting, Leadership, Teamwork

Team leaders need to manage teams who have been brought together to focus on specific projects, due to their individual skill levels and expertise.  They must recognize the different contributions each team members brings, and allow all members to work out their differences. Team leaders need to lead their team towards a common goal.

Here are a few essentials a team leader must posses to lead a successful team:

  1. Team leaders must look ahead, for their teams and their companies.  They must set clear objectives and find the ideal team members with the right skills.
  2. Team leaders must develop cultures where ideas and arguments are accepted.  Team members should be allowed to have a significant impact on the team, with leaders recognizing qualified individuals for problem solving.
  3. Team leaders need to use conflicts as constructive criticism.  They need to be approachable, be prepared to listen, and know when to back off.
  4. Team leaders need to be involved.  They need to be sensitive to the pressure and the needs of their teams.  And they need to reward and recognize individual accomplishments.

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Accountability, business coaching, Leadership, Success

Many business owners, or managers, support their teams, helping them hold each other accountable and to ultimately be a success.  But, what about holding ourselves accountable? When you hold yourself accountable, you have greater success in reaching, or exceeding, your goals.

1 – Write everything down.  This is especially helpful if you’re a visual person.  Make a to-do list, a list for short-term goals, a list for long-term goals, etc.  Look at them consistently and focus on one at a time.  Use sticky notes and put them in places where you’ll see them often throughout your workday.

2 – Reward your own accomplishments.  After completing a certain number of goals, or after reaching a specific milestone, reward yourself with a vacation, or just take some time off.

3 – Review your own performance.  It’s important to be honest with yourself.  You are responsible for your own success and/or failure.  Tell yourself when your performance is not up to par.  Own up to your lack of performance, and commit to making a change.

4 – Ask your team how you’re doing.  If your business has a strong company culture, employees will be honest with you when giving you feedback on your performance.  Your team should provide complete unbiased feedback.

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Communication, Culture, Employee Engagement, Leadership

Onboarding isn’t just an orientation, it’s an event.  It’s a process.  It’s allows you to convey your organizational brand and values.  It helps to explain your company culture and aligns expectations and performance.  It provides tools for the new hire to successfully enter his or her new position.

The onboarding process is ongoing.  It includes communication, feedback, performance measurements, mentoring, development, consistency, and transition.  New hires are more successful when they are transitioned through an onboarding experience.

If a company has a poor onboarding process, it can lead to an increased turnover rate.  Some resources claim that turnover can be as high as 50% within the first 18 months of employment.

So, if you’re losing employees, have dis-engaged staff members, expect your new hires to leave within 12 months, or have an annual budget for turnover expenses, then you need to develop a more successful onboarding process.

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business coaching, Idea Generation, Leadership, Success

Where do you seek out inspiration?  How do you keep new ideas flowing?  Are you full of outdated ideas?  Are you settling into a familiar rut?

If you’re getting stuck and are actively seeking new ideas, then you’ll want to read the following helpful tips.

1 – Go meet people.  Talking to new people who don’t think like you and who don’t know how you think can freshen up your brainstorming process.  Attend networking events or learning seminars.  Talk to people outside your industry.

2 – Involve your customers.  Since new products or services are often initiated by customers’ problems, involve those customers in your brainstorming sessions.

3 – Travel to different places.  A new adventure may bring forward certain opportunities that will allow you to come across a new idea that may be a big deal back home.

4 – Reinvent an existing idea.  Perhaps an already existing idea can be improved upon.  Take it a step further and offer something more to your customers than the present industry is offering.

5 – Focus on your own goals.  Look around during the day and you might come across several challenges that take a long time or a lot of effort to complete.  You may establish new ideas to solve your problem(s).

As a business owner, you’ll need to open yourself up to new avenues and give your brain the time and space it needs to generate new ideas!

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Communication, Customer Service, Leadership

The fact is, happy customers are repeat customers.  But, even the best customer service can slip up at some point.  If you get angry customers, it’s important to come up with a solution to make them happy again!  It’s not right to treat these customers as a distraction, or to apologize but take no meaningful steps to make things right.  What’s important is to re-evaluate how you treat your customers and use the following tips to turn unpleasant moments into memorable ones:

1 – Always listen to your customers.  Read their body language.  Listen to their tone of voice and study their facial expressions.  Talk without interrupting.  If you know how to read and respond to the many different kinds of customers you have, you’ll find it easier to make them happy.

2 – Show your customers you understand.  If a customer complains, they usually just want somebody to understand their perspective and who cares about how they feel.  Providing an emotional connection with them will go a long way in making them happy.

3 – Make things right.  Don’t start blaming others or get upset at yourself.  Simply apologize and accept responsibility.  Find a way to make things right with that unhappy customer.  You want to leave a positive impression, not a negative one.

Remember that the cost of losing a customer’s business is likely going to be worse than the cost of making them happy.  Look at it as an investment, not an expense.

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Communication is one of the key’s to developing a successful business.  To communicate effectively, there are a few tips you should follow.  These will provide clarity and effectiveness to your daily communication.

1 – Actively Listen.  Pay attention when the other person is talking.  Don’t interrupt them.  Repeat back to them what you’ve heard.  And provide feedback when they are finished.

2 – Actions speak louder than words.  Be aware of your body language around others.  Eye contact, facial expressions, and gestures tell a lot about someone.

3 – Read more.  Boost your vocabulary and improve your communication skills by reading books, newspapers, or blogs.

4 – Write often.  Your verbal communication can improve by practicing your writing skills.  Write a blog post or start a journal.

5 – Ask Questions.  If you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask.  It shows interest and keeps a conversation going.  It also helps with small talk.

6 – Manage your stress.  Keep calm or use humor in your conversations.  Exercise and drink a lot of water.  Managing your stress level (and anxiety about communication) is very important.

Communicating effectively take a lot of practice.  Try and work the above tips into your work week, and see how your quality of life at work and at home improves.

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