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Do You Know Where Your Business Sits?

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So, within your marketplace what is your product or service offering, who is your target market, what turnover do you need to generate to get you the profit and lifestyle you want, and what are the time scales for you building this?

You have to completely understand the marketplace you’re in, so consider what your key features are and how you compare to your competitors in terms of market share, quality and price. What are the main differences between you and your competitors? This will all give you a feel of how best to understand your position within the marketplace. As an example, I’ve included a graph of car manufacturers (this above is in no way is gospal but gives you an idea) … Read More »

Have You Created a Battle Plan for Your Business?

Creating a plan for battle is essential. No army would ever engage in a battle without knowing as much as they possibly could about their supply lines, the terrain, and the opposing forces they faced.

Once they’d gathered, or even guessed at the information that they didn’t have, they could draw up a plan for battle and how they were going to win.

The plan would take into account their own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and only then would they be ready. Of course plans rarely survive intact after the first contact with the enemy.

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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How To Work Out Who Your Ideal Client Is…

What did you do to work out exactly who your ideal client is and what their drivers are?

A great way of defining your client is here at www.Strategyzer.com using their Value Proposition Canvas, you can sign up and they explain exactly how to use this.

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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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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 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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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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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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What Attitude Are You Adopting In Your Business

During the recession in the 1990s there was an insurance company on the east coast of America and, like most Attitude In Businessbusinesses, they’d been hit hard and were struggling. One day, the owner came into work, looked around the office and noticed, not surprisingly, that the sales people were flat, the atmosphere was glum, and that it just wasn’t a great place to be.

But then he had an epiphany. Even if these were good times, even if there was no recession, they would have practically zero business coming in because of everyone’s attitude. And he went on to think that if his guys were like this, then the competition must be similar, which meant that no-one was out there actually selling to potential clients.

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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 »