Category Archives: Business

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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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 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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Using The Power of Persuasion To Get More Results

Power of PersuasionAs you probably know I attend a lot of training’s and events, I was recently lucky enough to go on a two-day course run by David Thompson www.davidthomson.com on the 6 Principles of Persuasion, the course was brilliant.

David is a friend of mine and recently sold his business for 4 million, he is a top guy and decided that he wants to find out more about the principles of persuasion so he actually travelled out to America to train with the Dr. Robert Cialdini.

David is now one of only 20 people in the world qualified to deliver this training and the only person in the UK that you could potentially get some training from (there is one of the person but there are civil servant) if you get the opportunity to go on David’s training I would highly recommend it.

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Businesses Can Learn A Lot From The Military

Businesses can actually learn quite a lot from the military, in the military lack of preparation or planning can very quickly costs lives. Operating in combat zones is an incredibly hostile environment or in the case of nuclear powered submarines you are continually operate in one of the most hostile environments in the world.

In some ways I’d actually say to more hostile environment than what the international space station has to face, as they are in a low-pressure no corrosive environment, whereas subs are a high-pressure highly corrosive environment (although getting into space strapped to a rocket is probably more hazardous)

As a submariner you exist in an environment where you’re carrying high explosives in the form of torpedoes and missiles, you have high-pressure hydraulics moving equipment that if you got in the way it wouldn’t even notice you are there, there’s for 415 V electrical everywhere, machine spaces, pumps and on top of that a nuclear reactor.

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A Great Recruiting Tool

There’s loads of evidence that investing a little effort in your team will yield positive results, what are some of theTeam Building things that you can do? Well, you can start by actually asking your team what is it that they want and what they would like the clinic to be like in five years’ time.

This in itself will make you stand out and start getting engagement because so few employees are ever asked, but you do have to be seen to follow through. One of the businesses I work with gives everyone their birthday off as an extra day’s holiday – and it’s compulsorily that they do something fun.

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Do You Know How Your Productivity Is Being Destroying?

Nigel Botterill is a true entrepreneur in every sense of the word, and has built eight separate £million businesses. HeTime Management uses this technique and he’s so protective of his first 90 minutes in the morning that he has a “Do Not Disturb Unless There’s A Fire” sign on his door.

His team know that interrupting Nigel during this time is potentially a disciplinary issue, because those 90 minutes of being able to work on his business each day are so precious, and he knows they’re absolutely critical to his future success. He’s such an advocate of the 90 minute principle that he’s just written a book called Build Your Business in 90 Minutes a Day, and talks about how you step closer to your ultimate goals in that daily time.

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