Weight and see James Clear, master of all things habit, wrote a fantastic piece late last year called This is the Greatest Weightlifting Lesson I’ve Learned. If you are training for anything there is some great advice here. However, I think there are some principles that apply to your business for 2019 as well. Lesson 1: The difference between progress and achievement James says, “I think embracing slow and easy gains is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned. Here’s the … [Read more...] about Business Lessons from the Gym
Losing focus? Is it time to refocus your efforts? One of the great frustrations of running your own business is feeling like you’re on a treadmill, or stuck at your current level of growth. This happens to everyone from time to time, but if you’ve been stuck for a while, here are some ideas to kick-start moving forward again. Start small When you’re in the thick of it, everything seems urgent and important. In my experience, this is never actually the case. The reality is, small … [Read more...] about How to Get Yourself Off the Treadmill
Be the change As you become more successful you have to start relying on other people, your team, to get things done. It’s not unusual to hear business owners bemoaning their team’s performance from time to time. Sometimes it might even be justified. However, the only person’s behaviour you can control is yours. If you get that right the team will learn by your own actions. Here are three challenging areas for you to work on in managing yourself. 1. You are permanently at 11 Some … [Read more...] about Lessons in Self Management from Spinal Tap
Share the good news The work that you do makes a difference to people. You know that. And the clients you make a difference for know it too. Do you ever communicate that to your team? I don’t mean accidentally or by osmosis. I mean deliberately and proactively. Typically, advisers do some amazing work and no one else is in the room to see it first hand. That’s a real shame, because seeing and understanding what great Financial Planners do for their clients is an important part of your … [Read more...] about Do Your Team Know How Much Good They Do?
First served Touch wood, I’ve never been on a plane where the oxygen masks have dropped down in an emergency. However, I’ve heard enough pre-flight safety briefings to know that if that does ever happen, I should fit my own oxygen mask first. This is great business advice too. If you’re running a business with multiple advisers, or you aspire to do so, it’s good practice to try focusing on your own needs first. What do I mean? Bog standard levels of fee production for one adviser … [Read more...] about Could You Manage £1M of Revenue?