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28

Oct

3 Keys to Building Your Business

3 Keys to Building Your Business

By Brad Elson, CEO Cornerpiece Consulting

I am writing this article, not because I am a prolific writer.  I am writing this article because I hope that the lessons I have learned as an Executive Coach and Consultant can help one of the many business owners, large and small, who are struggling to build a strong foundation and grow their business.

We all know that being a business owner or CEO is hard work, so I don’t want to make things any more difficult by giving you a complex framework to remember.  Simply put, building the foundation of your business boils down to three things:

  • Get Off the Island
  • Embrace Culture
  • Plan Big – Work Small

 Get Off The Island.  What is the biggest struggle when you are at the top? For many it is the fact that nobody in the organization or in your life can truly understand where you are coming from.  For some business owners they are a company of one and thus, they can only lean on their friends and family for support.  This can quickly deteriorate relationships and cause undue stress at home.  This is why you must Get Off the Island. 

Many business owners/leaders, whether for financial or personal reasons fail to take advantage of the multitude of opportunities for help that exist in todays ever connected world.  For some it is because their Type A personality cannot let go of their baby, for others it is simply pride, but the successful ones quickly realize that getting in the life raft truly saves them.  Find a coach, a mentor, a network that you can trust. That is what makes MeetAdvisors such a tremendous resource for business owners; it puts those resources at your fingertips.

Use the resources to help yourself get a better grasp of what YOU truly need. Perhaps it is because both my wife and my business partner are clinical psychologists, but it is amazing how helpful taking a deep look at yourself can be when a typical business analysis is causing you stress.  

Embrace Culture.  You may have the best product, service, or solution ever made, but if you don’t have the right people on your team you will struggle to grow.  Ask any successful business owner/leader and they will tell you how costly a bad hire was to their business.  Take the time to create, understand and nurture the culture you want and need for your business. Get to know your candidates. Find a process that works for you and use it. We use assessments to help our clients benchmark their open positions to the ideal employee.  We begin by comparing behaviors and motivators and can add additional assessments as the candidates move further along in the process. Remember that despite how counterintuitive it may be to slow things down, it will pay off in the long run to know you have the right person for your culture.

Plan Big – Work Small. Very few companies open their doors with all of the customers they could ever want.  Most hope and need to grow to succeed, but many fail to plan for that growth.   Many business owners/leaders “wing it” for as long as they can.  They usually admit this after they have become successful and implemented the necessary systems to support their growth.  They also admit that life would have been a lot easier if they had thought about the systems first. This is what I mean by Plan Big –Work Small.  Plan for the business you want, with systems that work with the size company you currently have.  Taking an hour to think about the process can save you countless hours of inefficient work and mistakes down the road.  For many creative business owners/leaders – systems are their worst nightmare – they feel confined by them.  This is a Get Off The Island moment.  Bring somebody on board that can help you find a happy medium. Change is hard, but well worth the efforts.

 

22

Oct

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02

Sep

If there’s a road that leads to perfect, the road that travels in the opposite direction leads to launching. Nothing will ever be perfect—not your product, service, messaging, etc. But the only real way to test it is by getting your work in front of people. Flaws can be adjusted, but the only way to find them is to get your work out there.
Great quote by hyper-phobic entrepreneur Paul Jarvis on facing your fears in order to succeed.  (via fastcompany) Contact us today to see how we can help you navigate the road to launch.

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May

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Apr

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25

Mar

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14

Mar

Tony Hsieh: 'Hiring Mistakes Cost Zappos.com $100 Million'

Check out this video on the cost of bad hiring decision. When you’re done watching it, give us a call and we can help you improve your hiring process.

28

Feb

How to Handle 3 Kinds of Conflict

20

Feb

fastcompany:

7 Tips For Getting Your Inbox To Zero
1. The Save Out

Copy and paste the entire email to a word document and file it there for safekeeping. Word docs are designed to be saved and stored but emails are not. There is an emotional attachment to every email in your inbox so get it out of sight so that it’s out of mind.

2. The Offline Attack

Nothing is more emotionally defeating than spending 2 hours in your inbox and having a net gain of only 2 emails completed because responses were coming in as fast as you were sending them out… Instead, work “offline” every single time you answer emails.

3. The Extended Out of Office

When you go out of town for vacation or a work conference, turn your “out of office responder” for one day longer than you’re actually gone. The magic—which I discovered by accident—is in adding one extra day to it so that you legitimately have a catch-up day to get your feet back under you when you return.

4. Multiple Strings

Unfortunately a large number of people lack what should be required prudence in using the “reply all” button. Therefore it’s incredible the number of emails in your inbox that will be “strings.” In other words, you’ll have 10 emails that are all the same conversation. …Quickly glance at your email list for emails with the same subject line and delete the oldest ones, leaving the newer ones for you to read later. This is a quick way to process several emails all at once.

5. Email Date Night 

Create the same protected time every so often with your inbox. It’s astounding how much you can get accomplished in four uninterrupted hours of office time. 

6. Scan and Flip

When you sit down to finally catch up on email, work with a 2-minute drill. Per #2 above you should be offline and start to build momentum by first tackling any emails that can be processed and completed in less than two minutes. If it will take longer than two minutes to deal with then skip it for now and just continue scanning—get through the easy ones first. Then once you get to the bottom of your inbox (you will likely have made a large dent) “flip” your emails so that the oldest are at the top and the newest are at the bottom. By eliminating the base of emails at your inbox you’ll find that it’s less likely to pile up on top of itself.

7. Learn the “Let Go”

Truly one of the most substantial growth areas for me in managing my office work was learning to let go of my own deep-rooted desire to share my opinion on everything. And even fewer items yet will be handled significantly different in our organization solely because of my one additional insight. People are generally capable of making good decisions and often things end up being better than they would’ve been had I stuck my nose in it. This mental shift in your attitude will show up pragmatically in your inbox by you learning to enjoy the delete button—without needing to share a response.

[Image: Flickr user Chris Gunton]

fastcompany:

7 Tips For Getting Your Inbox To Zero

1. The Save Out

Copy and paste the entire email to a word document and file it there for safekeeping. Word docs are designed to be saved and stored but emails are not. There is an emotional attachment to every email in your inbox so get it out of sight so that it’s out of mind.

2. The Offline Attack

Nothing is more emotionally defeating than spending 2 hours in your inbox and having a net gain of only 2 emails completed because responses were coming in as fast as you were sending them out… Instead, work “offline” every single time you answer emails.

3. The Extended Out of Office

When you go out of town for vacation or a work conference, turn your “out of office responder” for one day longer than you’re actually gone. The magic—which I discovered by accident—is in adding one extra day to it so that you legitimately have a catch-up day to get your feet back under you when you return.

4. Multiple Strings

Unfortunately a large number of people lack what should be required prudence in using the “reply all” button. Therefore it’s incredible the number of emails in your inbox that will be “strings.” In other words, you’ll have 10 emails that are all the same conversation. …Quickly glance at your email list for emails with the same subject line and delete the oldest ones, leaving the newer ones for you to read later. This is a quick way to process several emails all at once.

5. Email Date Night 

Create the same protected time every so often with your inbox. It’s astounding how much you can get accomplished in four uninterrupted hours of office time. 

6. Scan and Flip

When you sit down to finally catch up on email, work with a 2-minute drill. Per #2 above you should be offline and start to build momentum by first tackling any emails that can be processed and completed in less than two minutes. If it will take longer than two minutes to deal with then skip it for now and just continue scanning—get through the easy ones first. Then once you get to the bottom of your inbox (you will likely have made a large dent) “flip” your emails so that the oldest are at the top and the newest are at the bottom. By eliminating the base of emails at your inbox you’ll find that it’s less likely to pile up on top of itself.

7. Learn the “Let Go”

Truly one of the most substantial growth areas for me in managing my office work was learning to let go of my own deep-rooted desire to share my opinion on everything. And even fewer items yet will be handled significantly different in our organization solely because of my one additional insight. People are generally capable of making good decisions and often things end up being better than they would’ve been had I stuck my nose in it. This mental shift in your attitude will show up pragmatically in your inbox by you learning to enjoy the delete button—without needing to share a response.

[Image: Flickr user Chris Gunton]

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

Check out this article on Leadership. It’s a quick and easy read packed full of good information. When you’re done reading it, give us a call and we can help you put the principles in the article to use in your business, team, or personal life.