In the bustling world of business, success isn’t just about having a great product or service – it’s about having everyone in your team pulling in the same direction.
Starting a business is a monumental endeavour that comes with its fair share of challenges. From securing funding to building a customer base and navigating market fluctuations, the entrepreneurial journey is riddled with obstacles. However, amidst these challenges lies an invaluable tool – the growth mindset.
Think about how having a positive attitude can make a big difference in achieving our goals. We all face challenges, but what if I told you that the way we think about them can shape our success?
As the festive season envelops us in its warmth and cheer, it’s not just a time for exchanging gifts and enjoying feasts. It’s also the opportune moment to reflect on the year gone by and lay the groundwork for the one about to unfold.
Alan Lakein said that “time equals life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.”
In today’s busy world, excessive commitments on our time and energy leave us frazzled and distracted. When we’re overwhelmed, it’s often because we’re swamped with busyness, overloaded with responsibility, and out of control of our time.
We’ve reached the end of the first quarter, and even though we’re only three months in, you may feel that you’ve already had a busy year. It’s tempting to keep going from one quarter to the next at your current pace. The reality is that when you don’t take some time to reflect and make adjustments, the rest of your year will be the same busy and exhausting experience.
Let’s focus on business growth and we discuss the ever-growing business strategy called employer branding. We’ll get to understand what the experts mean when they walk about ‘employer branding’ and why it’s important for business leaders to pay particular attention to this area. We’ll also discuss the benefits of getting employer branding right and we’ll share success stories of businesses that boosted their brand and reaped the rewards.
Michael Phelps said, “I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything.” He’s absolutely right. Many studies have shown that majority of success, or lack of success, is attributed to one’s state of mind. This means that you have the ability to achieve your goals and perform at your peak if you’re able to manage your thoughts and your mental attitude.
It’s become more important than ever to communicate better in today’s world. How businesses communicate with their employees, customers, suppliers and community can mean the difference between thriving, surviving, or closing up shop. When a business really understands and connects its audience, it reaps so many benefits. It builds a strong, unique brand that has engaged relationships with all its stakeholders.
“If we can see past preconceived limitations, then the possibilities are endless.” ~ Amy Purdy
You might assume that the first year of being an entrepreneur is about refining and implementing business plans, understanding the market, building a strategy, marketing your business, managing operations, etcetera. While these are all important hurdles to overcome in order to build a business, the truth is that there’s an even bigger hurdle that you need to conquer. That hurdle is you.
“Plant your tiny seeds and keep watering them every day. Soon, they’ll grow.” ~ Israelmore Ayivor
When you understand and embrace your career path as your own, you learn to nurture and grow it with intention. Career growth is not an idle process because you need to create and look for opportunities that can help you to get to where you want to be.
“When things do not go your way, remember that every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth.” ~ Roy T. Bennett
We all had an unusual year that came with its own challenges. We learned how quickly things can change and impact our lives globally. We experienced change at an unprecedented rate. We’ve overcome hurdles that we didn’t know existed until it raised its head. It’s been an interesting year.
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” ~ Anne Sweeney
We’re surrounded by societal stereotypes that tell us how success should look and we’re often exposed to “one-size-fits-all” ideas of what it means to be successful in every area of our lives. The truth is that success can’t possibly look the same for everyone because we all have different backgrounds, skills, experiences, talents, circumstances, levels of exposure, intrinsic drives, goals, et cetera. On this basis, everyone should have different ideas of what success means to them.
“It’s essential to keep moving, learning and evolving for as long as you’re here and this world keeps spinning” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru
Learning is a key part of life. When we learn, we grow. We build better ways of doing things. We start to think differently. We become better than we were the previous day.
“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher” ~ Chinese Proverb
The world around us is changing all the time. It may even feel as though it’s changing at a more rapid pace than before. At any given time, changes become a part of our daily lives and we need to adapt to keep going and remain relevant.
“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” ~ Lee Iacocca
In a world where challenges and difficult times are the norm, the need to be your own leader is more important than ever.
“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” ~ Ralph G. Nichols
We know that the workplace can be a very diverse environment that is made up of people who have different backgrounds, levels of experience, personality types, beliefs, etc. Having a diverse workforce is both a good thing and necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing business environment.
“Without commitment, you’ll never start. But more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish.” – Denzel Washington
This year is coming to an end and we’re getting ready to enter a new decade. Every year seems to go by faster than the last and it can easily feel as though we haven’t achieved anything. As we get ready to enjoy the year-end festivities, we may also question if we’ve accomplished anything during the year.
“First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” ~ Aristotle
To be effective in any area of life, we must set goals, measure and monitor our progress and make adjustments until we reach our goals.
Typically, an organisation appoints managers to lead its people, and get results that benefit the business, the team and the client. The role of a manager is loaded with responsibility and should not be taken lightly. To quote Voltaire, “With great power, comes great responsibility”. Too often, organisations assign this responsibility to individuals who are not the best fit. Being a good employee does not always equate to being a good manager.