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It’s that time of the year again, parties, dinners, holidays and celebrations. For many, its where we take the time to look back at the year and reflect on what we did right, try really hard to remember what we didn’t do, bask in the memories of what we did, and then set new resolutions and goals for the coming new year. How was your 2017? Here is my year in a nutshell and some of the key lessons i learnt throughout the year.
While reflecting on how we’re doing things differently today, i decided to pen down some of the key learnings. When the brand we help built collapses, thats when your eyes open and you can see things clearly, when you realise and reflect on the strategies, the steps taken, the actions, the things you said, the things people were saying. You start to recall and note down how the people in the organisation behaved and you notice a pattern. These are the results of the unspoken rules and values that govern the organisation, its culture. Like having an epiphany you are suddenly aware of what you did wrong, as a leader in the company, what you failed to act upon.
The captain always goes down with the ship, and if i am the captain of this ship it is my job to ensure the ship stays its course and never goes down because by golly i don’t want to drown (again!). Continue reading “A Look In The Mirror”→
“If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” You have probably heard or seen that quote. While it is frequently used to emphasise the power of teamwork, it holds true for many aspects of life.
If you’re starting a business, i can find more pros than cons in having a partner(s). Being able to leverage off each other can be extremely powerful in building your organisation. Throughout the years, i have had the pleasure of learning from a few partnerships both in my personal and professional aspects of my life. And here’s some of the key perks of a business partnership. Continue reading “Partnerships”→
An old friend was having a conversation with me recently about how one of the best decisions he ever made was to sell his Porsche and buy a Honda Jazz. And no, he has not suffered any loss in income, in fact his business is booming. In that same conversation he talked about a guy he met recently who was just starting his business and was adamant on buying a Mercedes. His justification was that because he was starting up he needed the ‘image’, and my dear friend who has been in business for years tried hard to convince him not to jump into that trap. The conversation struck a chord with me because i’ve gone and made such decisions, hence been on both sides of that fence.
Today we are expanding on a topic within a previous post. In that post we spoke about clear concise open communication between business partners, in fact it should be a practice in all aspects of our lives between everyone we meet.
While having and maintaining clear concise open communication between partners keeps assumptions away, ensures everyone is on the same page and minimises misunderstandings, the possibilities of conflict or misalignment can and will still occur.
It can occur for many reasons; by default no two humans are alike, our needs and wants although can be similar can never be exactly the same, everyone is also developing and growing at different levels in life, the circles we roll in are different, our upbringing is different, there are so many factors that affect our judgement, wants, needs and decisions in life. These factors drive our business and career decisions, they drive our performance at work, they determine our commitment to projects and more. The difference between two people is what gives rise to conflicts.
the possibilities of conflict or misalignment can and will still occur
So what can you do to minimise conflicts and keep everyone in-sync?
There are alot of things we can do, here are 5 that come to mind. Continue reading “Agree”→
In a previous post we spoke about the top 3 pieces of advice, today we are diving a little deeper and going to look at item number one, VISION.
Vision is determining where you’re going, your north star. A shining beacon that keeps you on course no matter the weather. It could be your dream translated into a statement, or literally how the organisation looks like in 20-years or maybe how it looks like at the end of your life, it could also be what you want the company to remembered for or known for. It answers questions like what legacy do you want to leave behind? What is the purpose of this organisation? If your only goal is to make money, go get a job, work hard and climb the corporate ladder. 95% of businesses fail in the first five years. Truth is, even if you do make it past the 5 year mark… your personal take home income may never be as high as what you’d be earning as an employee.