If you want to build a great business, you need an effective team in place. This week, I look at what does and doesn’t allow your team to really perform. In the past I’ve written about the importance of building a great team if you really want to fly as a business. Suggesting you need a good team in place is not controversial. However, what allows a team to really perform just might be. In his book, The Five Dysfunctions of A Team, Patrick Lencioni explores what he believes to be … [Read more...] about Team…work? Or not?
Planning for Success
This week I take a look at three rarely explored ideas which I see the best firms practicing. Can you adopt any of these for yourself? Or are you already using them? Read on. Running a business can be tough. One minute you’re riding high, and the next you can find yourself with challenges that you had neither anticipated, nor dealt with before. You grow. Sometimes you get humbled. You bounce back. And you grow again. As we all know, overnight success usually … [Read more...] about How To Think Like The Best Businesses
Has your business ever gone off the boil, even just a little? Last year you were flying and now, not so much? This week I look at why that can happen, and what to do about it. Why do some sporting people or teams win their competition, and then go on to do it again and again, year after year? I’m thinking of teams like the New Zealand All Blacks in rugby, or Serena Williams and Roger Federer in tennis. Conversely, you’ll see another team win their competition one year, but they can’t … [Read more...] about It’s The Small Things That Matter
Building an organisation that can perform for the long-term is your goal. And there’s no better place from which to learn than some of the greatest team builders of all time. Read on. I love a good sports to business crossover lesson and there’s no better place to find them than American Football. I’m only a very casual fan, but I’ve read several books on the National Football League (NFL) and some of its greatest coaches. I know that many of the top coaches in other sports, Football … [Read more...] about What It Takes To Build A Great Enterprise
When you run your own small business, asking for help can be really difficult even when you’re pretty sure it could be beneficial. This can be especially true of professionals like financial planners, for whom a large part of the day is spent advising others. They tend to be independent risk-takers. They started their business and it’s their baby. Obviously, they should know how to raise it. The fact is that very few people, however good they are at what they do, know everything about … [Read more...] about How To Choose Best Business Consultants For Financial Planners