Category Archives: Strategy

The Correct Way To Tie Your Shoelaces And Grow Your Business

Business Success I wanted to share a three-minute video with you today about the correct way to tie your shoelaces.

Now, I can just see the look on your face right now – you’re probably wondering whether I’ve finally gone and lost my marbles but stick with me a second.

It turns out that there’s a ‘weak’ form of the knot we usually tie our laces in and a ‘strong’ one.  You’ll have to watch the video to find out which you produce (!) – but the reason I wanted to share the video with you isn’t because I’ve suddenly developed a fascination with shoes or shoelaces.

It’s the last line the presenter Terry Moore delivers.  He says, ‘Sometimes a small advantage some place in life can yield tremendous results someplace else’.

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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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Multi-Tasking is a Lie

A recent article I read said that office workers, because of the array of social media available, including Twitter, Multi-tasking is a lieFacebook, Pinterest, Google Plus, and YouTube – to name just a few – plus texts, phone calls, and people popping in or asking questions, are interrupted once every 11 minutes!

This is shocking enough, but when you consider that getting focused on what you’re doing can take around 25 minutes before you’re ‘in the zone’, many office workers can spend their entire day without ever really being able to focus on anything that they’re doing.

Can you imagine how that can impact on any clinic’s output? While the treatments themselves are uninterrupted, when engaged with all the other important tasks to grow your clinic your productivity is being destroyed.

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How Does Your Business Culture Compare To These Guys?

I’ve been talking about the importance of nailing your culture and another brilliant example of how you can steer the culture of a business and benefit from the hugely positive impact on the people in it is Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market, which is now world-famous.

Read the short book Fish by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen to learn more about how they achieved the culture they did, but it’s a wildly successful, fun, and bustling place, with a joyful atmosphere and fantastic customer service.

The team literally throw fish from one side of the market to the other, and they get crowds of people coming down to see the action and even get involved. However, it wasn’t always that way, it used to be just a job to the employees and not a great one as it was often cold and smelly.

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In Business Everything Matters, Even How You Make The Tea

I recently dropped off a present to the guys at Mooch Creative, after a previous visit gave me déjà vu. The first time IMooch Creative Dan & Mark visited, I was kindly offered a cup of tea – which I gratefully accepted – and I saw one of the team then take themselves off to the kitchen area where they waited for the kettle to boil.

It reminded me of a manufacturing client I had years ago, and showed to be another example of how it’s the little things that can really hurt you (not physically).

If you are facing somebody and they threw an axe at you, you’d instinctively move out of the way sharpish so that the axe didn’t hit you. While thankfully there aren’t too many axes in business, there are lots and lots of opportunities to get paper cuts and this is what can damage your business. Read More »

Love, Children, Monsters and What This Has To Do With Business

We’ve all been there. And we all know how it feels. That moment when something that you love deeply, that’s tied up completely in your hopes and dreams for the future, and something that you’ve invested so much of yourself in that you just can’t imagine ever walking away, breaks down.

For many entrepreneurs this relationship is with their business. It started as a beautiful if demanding baby. But it also took everything you had, and something that used to matter so much ends up causing so much stress, worry and heartache that we just feel we can’t continue anymore.

And so we start thinking about walking away. We forget the potential our business has to provide us with the lifestyle we deserve. The pay-back that our families deserve for the time and effort we’ve already given. And we focus instead on the Dr Frankenstein’s monster its become – running amok and seemingly destroying everything that we hold dear.

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Position Yourself as an Expert

Advice and Guidance to Position Yourself as an ExpertPosition Yourself as an Expert

Developing lead magnets (advice and guidance) can Position Yourself as an Expert, to give to potential clients or to allow them to download off your website is an excellent way of positioning yourself in your field. The idea is that you do not sell to whoever is taking the guide but you advise them on what questions they need to ask or common mistakes people make when engaging with clinics in your sector.

I have one on my site that offers advice and guidance on how to choose a business coach, because there is a good chance that you won’t know what questions to ask to tell a great business coach from a poor one, whereas I can spot the difference quite easily

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Multitasking is a Lie

Multitasking is a Lie

I read an article recently that proves that multitasking is a lie, it said office workers, because of an array of social media available, including Twitter, Multitasking is a LieFacebook, Pinterest, Google Plus, and YouTube – to name just a few – plus texts, phone calls, and people popping in or asking questions, the average person is interrupted once every 11 minutes. This is shocking enough, but when you consider that getting focused on what you’re doing can take around 25 minutes before you’re in the zone, many office workers can spend their days without ever really being able to focus on anything that their doing

Can you imagine how that can impact on any creative agency output, and now that the idea of being able to multi task and switch between jobs to do more things has been debunked, with recent studies showing that your IQ drops by ten points each time you try, compared to smoking marijuana which only sees it drop by five points, that’s right, you’re better off smoking a joint at work than trying to multi task.

Do You Believe Multitasking is a Lie Now?

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