How To Bring Your The Purpose Of Your Business Alive

May 24, 2016

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Have you ever uttered the words or had the thought "I wish I could find good people" or "why don't my people care as much as me"?

These can be symptoms of a lack of connection with the purpose of your business .... What???

Yes it can be a little intangible and is on the 'fluffy' side of business, but the truth is, as humans we crave connection. Yes even you. And if your team doesn't feel a connection to the work they are doing, their sense of care will be greatly diminished.

In this interview, Candace Wagner shares how she has brought her business purpose alive in a multitude of ways. Enjoy!

The Reality of Open Book Management

Mar 24, 2016

Truthfully, this is just one reality .. but a good one at that ūüôā

Norm Jefferies of Computer Merchants has been running his company for over 20 yrs and I think it's fair to say, he's doing a damn fine job at it.

Norm and his team adopted the philosophy of Open  Book Management (OBM) at an early stage and it has become a key part of their culture.

In this interview, Norm shares how they implemented OBM and what the benefits and challenges have been of sharing the numbers within the team. We dive into the specific of day-to-day tactics, how OBM affects performance and how they make it a living and effective tool to align the team.

If you are thinking of implementing Open Book Management or are on the other side and think it's crazy, either way you'll get some direct benefit of learning from Norm's experience.

Enjoy!


 

Links from the interview:

Computer Merchants website - http://www.computermerchants.com.au/

Norm on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/normjefferies

The Great Game of Business - http://greatgame.com/

Ownership thinking - http://www.ownershipthinking.com/

How To Know When It’s Time To Hire

Mar 7, 2016

When is the Right Time to Hire?

You may have noticed you've been getting busier, and it would be great to have an extra person or two to take some things off your plate. But what things? How many people? Before you throw money at the problem and hire another team member into your midst, you need to consider your systems and how they can be fine-tuned first.
  1. Consider the 80:20 principle: That 20% of your activities account for 80% of your results, so you are certainly going to want to concentrate on those items and pass a hat to someone else, so you can focus on growth. Have a look around at the resources you have first, to see if this delegation can be done internally. There are also many ways you can implement technology to help you do more with less.
  2. Determine if you can afford 60% of a new hire's salary. In theory, the new hire will bring the remaining 40% of their salary to the table themselves through efficiency and capacity.
  3. Consider the burn rate. When hiring, you have to factor in 3-6 months of overhead costs while your new hire is getting up to speed enough to work at a higher level (and achieve financial results for your organization). Ensure you have enough to funds to cover this transition, and that you have the training to support their development.

If you aren't sure where you sit, or whether your growth profile will support a new hire, take our free 7-minute test to find out.

Cloud Technology – What You Need To Consider Before Diving In

Feb 17, 2016

Cloud computing is all the rage ... in case you didn't know. It has the capacity to significantly increase your competitive advantage ... if you know how. And therein lies the challenge.

Enter Clayton Oates.

Clayton has been consulting to SME's about software for over 25yrs. So if you ask how long he's been involved with cloud technologies, it's fair to say he's been there from the start. In this interview we dive into the reality of cloud technology today, what it can do for your business and what you should be wary of.

There are definitely some precautions to be taken. But not so many as to stay on the sidelines. Be bold and have a listen to the gems Clayton shares with us in this 30min chat.

Enjoy.

Note: You can find Clayton at the following links: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn

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All Performance is Driven by the Quality of Our Thinking – Interview with Damian McConnell

Jan 22, 2016

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Damian McConnell has been involved in Personal & Professional Development for the past 16yrs and now brings his message to the business world working with individuals and teams to elevate and improve how they think.

We dive into Goal Setting and how to go about it so that your goals are realized vs just being dreams. Damian has a unique view on this and some powerful ways to go about it.

You may have heard before that your goals need to be 'realistic' and 'achievable'. Damian likes to scrap this approach and his philosophy around this is worth exploring. You might be surprised.

Enjoy the conversation.

Notes: here are some links that were mentioned in this interview

Damian's website - http://www.mindstoretraining.com.au/

Napoleon Hill - http://www.naphill.org/

Gestalt - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestalt_psychology

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