Business is a tough game. Continually we need to operate in three areas to ensure we produce consistent outcomes. The businesses we work with are challenged to:
To work these areas, our owners progress through a process to reflect and review. We take them “out of their business” to work on their business. We acknowledge that we all need to be in the business, but we need to have time ongoing to work on the business.
All businesses are unique, however, we find a few things in common. We find most businesses have anchors and nooses. Let me explain.
Anchors hold businesses (and people) back. They are wide and varied but the common ones are listed here.
These are the main three , although we do see more. On every occasion we create a strategy to release the anchor and start the business moving again.
The biggest part is to be able to identify the anchor and work through a process to cut the chain.
Nooses are, similarly, an impediment to business growth, but this time the business is impacted by a tightening pressure. Often this is due to the following:
The key, again, is to identify it, and then work to achieve a strategy to reduce the pressure and then eliminate.
We work with clients to build strategy to help them gain control and bring growth back to their business. Once awareness is gained from the business owner, the strategy starts to form. Having a fresh set of eyes helping you through this maze.
Some businesses simply don’t ask for help. Often it’s a lack of awareness of the situation and of a feeling of normality, as they have become comfortable with the situation.
It is important to gauge the situation, once you have become aware of it, with a set of fresh eyes. In the words of Einstein:
“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We do see pride get in the way with some businesses. Don’t be the proudest person in the morgue.
Tony Curl is the founder and owner of Think and Grow Business, proud partner of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland. He offers coaching services, Business Masterminds and Leader Roundtables to support the growth of leaders and the business in they build. Contact for a free business diagnostic by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 1300 824 287. Think and Grow Business www.tagb.com.au
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