Posts Tagged ‘development’

Stop, Collaborate and Listen!

One of the 4Networking Directors, Tim Johnson, caused a little bit of an outcry not that long ago when he announced to members that one man bands do not work. Now I can understand why his members were initially upset, after all most networking groups are built upon one man bands. Yet what Tim actually meant was that most one man bands will always, at best, struggle. However, if business owners are open minded and look at collaborating, then their potential for success and longevity massively increases.

Needing Inspiration?

I was having a chat with a good friend the other day and we were discussing things that really inspire us when we are in need of a little motivation. Naturally, most people are motivated to keep working for one or all of the following; their family, money, status, professional satisfaction etc but when times are tough and you are feeling low and demotivated, how do you get re-inspired?

I have gone through a period of needing motivation and inspiration and during that time, these are some of the ways that I re-energised myself, it’s like giving yourself a kick up the backside.

Are you a busy fool?

Do you run around here there and everywhere, mobile phone in one hand, documents in the other? Do you hear yourself telling everyone you are ‘too busy’ to do something or that you ‘haven’t got enough hours in the day’? Are you working from morning til night, and even on weekends?

If this all sounds like you, I don’t think you are alone. I’m not sure if its down to the economy and people being desperate to survive, or if it is a competitive thing that has got out of control, but more and more I see people just like this, people who leave you feeling exhausted after just a few minutes in conversation with them.

If this is you, do you really feel, at the end of your 16 hour day, that you are achieving? My view is that people like this are busy fools, people who convince themselves they are really busy but in actual fact are just avoiding making time for the things they really should be doing.

I have known people who spend the week plodding along in the office, making regular cuppa’s, going for a stroll and then they moan that they have to work all weekend. It’s like a form of self flagellation. Instead of knuckling down and methodically working through their ‘to do’ list, they prefer to work all hours so that they can tell people how busy they are.

But surely it has the opposite effect? People wont think ‘wow you’re busy’ but are far more likely to think, ‘you haven’t got time for me’. In a business sense this can be very damaging as potential clients may perceive you are at capacity and then decide to go elsewhere.

At times we can all be busy fools, I know I have run around like a headless chicken convincing myself that I didn’t have time to stop and think about what I really needed to do next, it becomes a hamster wheel that is very difficult to get off. The most important thing is recognising this and addressing it before it damages your business and maybe even your personal life.

So how can you stop being a busy fool and become more productive? Here are a few ideas:

Revitalise your mojo!

Reached a dead end with your business plan? Can’t concentrate? Work all a bit too much aggro? The dream of running your own company turning into a nightmare?

You’ve lost your mojo; you’re in a bit of a internal-focus slump and, you’ll be glad to know, there’s a very simple way out of it.

That demotivated, I-can’t-get-anything-right-today feeling can be quickly and effectively dispersed by changing your focus from inward to outward.

Instead of thinking about what you and your business can or can’t do, take a time out and concentrate instead on what someone else is doing or has done. In business, it’s always useful to know what your competitors are up to so spend some time finding out what’s going on in the wider world. In doing so, you turn your attention and focus outward and as a result you’ll experience a gush of positive energy.

Only you will know how much time you’ll need to do this – just be prepared to allow yourself as long as necessary to turn your attention fully to something or someone (or some business) other than you or yours. You may need to spend ten minutes, an hour, half a day…however long it takes, you’ll find this is time well spent.

How to create SUSTAINABLE CHANGE in your future (Part 1 of 2)

“How can you say that the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon?”

 This post is by Brian Light

                                                                  

YOUR FUTURE – “know where you what to go”

As the boss of you and the boss of your company you are responsible for your future therefore. .

  • Have a massive dream 
    Be very, very clear what the outcome of that dream should be.
  • Focus on what you want not what you don’t want
    This is not merely positive thinking.

If you focus on what you want you’ll move towards it and if you focus on what you don’t want then you’ll move towards that.

  • Reveal your biggest ambitions to a stranger 
    Why? . . . Research from Warwick Business School shows that:
    • If you make a commitment to yourself you have an [8%] chance of seeing it through
    • If you make a commitment to a loved-one it climbs to [18%]
    • If you make a commitment to a stranger, or a business colleague or even a COACH that you don’t see each and every day it soars to a massive [79%]

 

YOUR FUTURE – “go SECURE it”

Coaching provides the space and environment to define WHERE YOU WANT TO GO and explore the way you are NOW (Part 1), provide the tools to enable you to MAKE THE CHANGE and help you DO IT (Part 2) IT

The results of your changed thinking will lead to new behaviours, both in and outside the work environment, and will impact on you and those around you to form the foundation of a new beginning.

The S.E.C.U.R.E. model is the first Coaching Model that provides the important focus, and ongoing support, for you to achieve your vision of your future.

It will support and challenge you through the programme helping you to consider:

 

S tatement:                               What is your real goal expressed in the present and positive tense?

E vidence:                                   How will you know you have achieved your goal?

C ontrol:                                      Is the goal within your control to initiate and maintain it?

U nderstand:                             What are the costs and benefits of reaching your goal?

R esources:                                What resources do you have and what do you need to find?

E xecution:                 When will start and when will you reach success?

 

Your Goals/Outcomes will remain just Dreams if you don’t ‘Plan to Change’.  The SECURE model is the beginning of your journey to change. 

 

Staying Focussed – The Challenge of Being Your Own Boss

This post is by Martin Broadhurst

It has been a busy month in the Status office as we continue to establish our business. Since I last blogged on the BBN we have won our first significant contract and we have been making a lot of connections to get our name about. It’s been a great start for us and we’re beginning to see positive results from our efforts.

While getting work in and building up awareness of our business is good, Mark and I have still been mindful to remember to work on ourselves as well as bringing in new business. This past week in particular I have personally been developing my time management skills. While I have been on time management courses in the past when I was employed elsewhere, working for yourself brings new distractions into play.