Hints & Tips
The most valuable tip we can offer you straight off is the recommendation to take our free, quick and easy assessment to accelerate business growth found on this website.
This will provide you with valuable insights into your business and highlight where you can make some immediate changes to enhance your current operation.
A Vision Statement is essential for any business. It should be well written but short, uncomplicated, relevant and aligned to your business, and leave nothing open to interpretation. Avoid using jargon or buzz words. Your vision should focus on success and have ambition.
Engaging your people with your vision and values will help build a strong company culture and motivate your team as well as provide them with a clearer understanding of how they contribute to the success of the business. But how do you do this?
Always remember that entrepreneurship is a marathon and not a sprint! Building a business takes countless hours, days, weeks, months and for some, sometimes even years before real progress is made.
Get the right people in the right roles and business growth will follow. One thing I have learnt in my many years in business is that success is all about the people. Hire the right people, place them in the role in which they will flourish, and growth will surely follow.
Too often I see the opposite. I see people asked to fulfil a role for which they are not suited, or unsuitable people being hired in the first instance.
HIRE THE RIGHT PEOPLE
Culture trumps strategy every time. So get that right. It all starts with the hiring process. Get that right and you are on the way. Get it wrong and you will feel the toxic effect on the team and the culture. Maybe not at the start, but its ugly head will surface at some point.
WHAT IS THE “RIGHT” PERSON?
A good hire starts by finding individuals that are a good cultural fit. “Right” in this context means hiring a person that does things in a way that fits in with your culture, without even thinking. It’s in their very DNA. They almost can’t help themselves. It’s instinctive. A good cultural fit is the start point.
ACTION POINT – define your culture and embed it in your job descriptions.
To test if you have the right people in the right roles, take our assessment found on the homepage of our website – this assessment includes People as one of the vital growth enhancers.
Get the processes right for accelerated business growth. Optimise your systems and procedures to deliver operational effectiveness and efficiency. “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.”
Having good processes and systems in place ensures that everyone involved knows what is expected of them, which in turn releases management time from overseeing quality control to strategic direction. That protects profits, delights customers, motivates your team and safeguards your reputation.
What is a process? It is a way of breaking down a desired outcome into a set of quantifiable, easily followed instructions. How do processes help? They ensure consistency of outcome if they are followed.
Following the processes and systems is important – “To know and not do, is not yet to know.” Having the processes and systems in place but not followed is wasting time, energy and resources. Management time needs to be spent not only on developing the systems and processes , but also on guaranteeing that they are followed.