Quit blaming Time for your lack of Productivity. Everyone is given the same number of hours every day. The poor do not get fewer hours; the rich are not blessed with extra. Einstein did not invent more time for himself, and no one can save time for another day. And don’t beat yourself up, we all have committed the crime of wasting time.
Before I pack up for the day and close shop, I take a few minutes and jot down the Top 3 Items that I need to accomplish in order to really move my business forward. These items are not visions or ideas, but short-term, achievable, actionable steps that will move my goals to the next plateau. I might repeat an item multiple days sometimes, but I’m clear on what part should be completed each day. It is important to schedule time to complete these Top 3 items – hopefully in about 4 hours time.
Use Eye Contact to convey confidence, attention, and interest. What do the employees see? To begin with, your clothing must represent your position. I always preached a firm and yet friendly handshake (see previous blog); your grip must be firm but not tight; two shakes with a sincere smile while maintaining eye contact. Be aware of your posture; it should air of confidence and interest-involvement in the conversation.
By the very definition of insanity (doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results), we should all stop repeating the same old patterns and start following through. Well, How? The best way, I found, is Accountability. Find yourself an Accountability Partner.
An important aspect of the Mission Statement for you to consider is whether to emphasize your long-term goals, what you expect for the future, or short- term goals, meaning where your company is now heading. A long-term statement should be a broader view, which will outlast immediate changes. For the short-term you should expect to revise your statement periodically as your company grows and evolves. An outdated Mission Statement can have a negative impact on your business.
The ultimate goal is to land a great mentor. You will be in a personal relationship with your mentor intimate sharing your business dreams, hopes, fears and challenges, as well as your strengths and shortcomings or weaknesses; definitely not revealed to anyone. The mentor will help you move out of your comfort zone. Expansion, hiring, changing market evaluation, marketing, social media presence could be a few of the areas the mentor will compensate for your inexperience.
Take the first step. Go first. Approach them. Contact them. Ask to know their interests. Invite them over. Be genuine interested in their presence. Open your business to them. Show them around. Let them understand how proud you are for what to have to offer, but most importantly how important it is for you to have them as customers or clients. Take a little time before you make an offer.
Once in a while, I look at the list below to remind myself what characteristics I should master in order to thrive as a business leader. It makes me humble, thankful for what I’ve achieved so far, and eager to master the characteristics I’m lacking. To support everyone who reads this blog, I’m sharing the list: