The Closest You’ll Get to a Silver Bullet in Business

Big changes in business happen through careful thinking.Silver bullet for business

Big change comes from knowing what you want to achieve and why and how you want it to happen; making conscious decisions and then driving through the implementation.

Big change doesn’t happen through procrastination or New Year’s resolutions.

Right across the country ‘normal’ people began this year with the intention of sticking to a resolution or two. Most would have been broken by February. That’s because too many resolutions are based on what people think they should be doing rather than what they actually want to be doing. Sure, they’re well-intentioned but the result is they’re not 100% committed; not thought through and they fall at the first hurdle.

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The Importance of Responding to Changing Markets

Let’s be honest. Sometimes as business owners we can get a bit comfortable with the current status quo and not responding to changing marketsreally pay attention to changing trends, new technology, updated legislation and a whole host of other things that are potential opportunities or challenges.

Take Webber Carburettors as an example. In my late teens I owned a Mark 1 Escort (I loved that car!) and the company was extremely well-known, and were *the* leading performance carburettor manufacturers.

So, of course, practically every young male including me wanted one of its kits on their car. However, following a hugely successful period for the business, the market began evolving. Technology and stricter emission requirements meant carburettors were unable to compete, and were replaced by fuel injectors.

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How You Deal With Bad Luck Will determine Your Success

I was listening to somebody complaining about their bad luck yesterday. If I’m honest, they had had a tough time, Welsh Guards Ken Adamsbut – like most things – their perception of it all made it ten times worse.

They could have chosen to see their challenge as an opportunity but instead it reinforced their view that the world was a tough place, which got me thinking about how some people really roll with the punches while others get KOd first time.

Often it’s the challenges we face which turn out to be the very best things to happen to us – personally as well as professionally. Divorced? It leaves you open to meet someone more perfect for you. Bankrupt? Tough lesson, but you get to start over with a hell of a lot more wisdom. Redundancy? Take the cash, and the time, to reinvent your career… You get the picture.

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Are You Sure You’re Charging Enough?

Where your pricing sits is an indicator of how good you are, average pricing? You’re are average, well you’re Price Increaseprobably not but that’s what people perception will be, and price perception is key.A recent story showed that the majority of people can’t tell the difference between expensive and cheap bottles of wine.

In an episode of ‘Observatory’ on the hit YouTube channel ‘Vox’, 100 people tasted three bottles of wine priced at $8, $14 and $43 respectively.After a series of questions, tasters rated the least expensive and the most expensive exactly the same. Which begs the question, what’s the point in buying expensive wine when, taste-wise, you’re likely to get a similar experience to cheaper alternatives?

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Why Organic Growth Can Be Dangerous

Bombshell Alert Ever heard the saying ‘nothing worth doing is ever easy’? Bombshell alert – if building a business was easy, everyone would do it. It takes a certain amount of courage to become financially responsible for yourself, and it takes even more courage to be disciplined enough to do the things that others aren’t willing to do now, to secure your financial future.

And if you’re employing staff, you’re financially responsible for them too. Their mortgages rely on your business and your decisions. If you haven’t already been through tough times, you’ll probably be in for some, whether its challenges with cash flow, waiting on decisions from others as to whether you get that dream client, or just plain and simply being let down by people.

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Principle Number Six To Getting Better Results

Once we make a choice we encountered personal and interpersonal pressure to behave consistently with what we have previously said or done, so it’s all about being consistent with yourself.

In America in quite a well off suburb a group of researchers went down the street knocking on doors asking if they could put up a large placard in the front gardens requesting people to drive carefully, out of hundred people 17 agreed.

In an adjacent street researchers again went down the street but this time they were asking for people to sign a petition to get people to drive more carefully in the street, to which the majority of people agreed to do. Once they’d signed the petition the researcher then gave them a small card version of the placard and asked them if they replace it in their windows to show their support, to which the people readily agreed.

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Principle Number Five To Getting Better Results

If people aren’t motivated to take action, then scarcity is one of the principles you can employ to get people to take action as opportunities appear more valuable when they are rare. Fear of loss will drive people to act, in a home energy study, people were contacted to tell them how much they would save per month if they were to take up a grant paying for home insulation.

When they changed it from savings per month to how much people would lose per month if they didn’t take up the offer there was a 150% increase in the uptake.

Boss music systems introduced their new Boss Wave Music System, the system itself was way ahead of anything that produced before and had the critics raving about it, Boss produced a leaflet about the system and at the very top of the leaflet with the words  “NEW” the Boss Wave System.

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Principle Number Two To Getting Better Results

LikingGetting people to like you is another way of building relationships, the activators for liking are similarity, praise and cooperation.

There’s a story about a large US company who were acquiring a lot of the businesses through purchase, this required the CEO of the company to negotiate with the owners of the companies he was buying. The chairman of the CEO thought that the negotiation processes were taking a bit long and suspected that the CEO was the issue.

Robert Cialdini was called in by the chairman to see if he could do anything to speed up the process, Cialdini watched some videos of the CEO in the negotiation process.It became apparent that he was a bit aloof and not very engaging with the person he was buying the business from.

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Principle Number Four To Getting Better Results

ConsensusAnother principal for overcoming uncertainty is consensus.

People look for what other people feel think and do, and the amplifiers for this are many others doing it or similar others doing it. This is why it’s so important to get testimonials from your clients and put those testimonials in front of people like them, think about trip advisor, reviews remove uncertainty.

Shopping channels in America are big business, and one fitness device broke all sales records selling nearly a quarter of a million units, a big part of the success was switching how they encourage people to call in.

Instead of saying the usual are operators are waiting for your calls, they switched it to if the lines are busy please call back, insinuating that lots of other people were calling in.

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Principle Number Three To Getting Better Results

AuthorityIf someone is uncertain about what you’re offering is or that you can do the job, one of the principles you can use is authority, people look the cues that somebody’s an authority and as such are more likely to listen to you or follow direction.

In Holland there was a situation where people having strokes with then going to physiotherapists for treatment but what they found was the patients weren’t getting better can they weren’t following the advice of the physiotherapists so weren’t getting better.

Cialdini was called in to see if he could help improve the situation, when he went into the physiotherapists rooms he noticed that the walls were blank, he asked if the physiotherapists had any certificates or qualifications, to which they replied yes.

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