The most energizing spot in business is the intersection of what you’re passionate about and what value you can provide to others.
Always focus on the business of helping other people and providing value.
Small businesses can quickly go from organized to chaotic as customer demand increases. So what makes a small business positioned to quickly expand for growth? Is your business growing? How will you be ready as you get more customers?
Think of it this way: Do you have the ability to add staff (quickly) without decreasing quality or the value your customers expect?
Being able to grow a business often hinges on how well equipped you are to handle employee training. Without the ability to train new employees, you will have a bottleneck in your ability to provide services.
If you can’t train people to deliver at the current quality level, you risk customers seeing a lower value. Improper training could put you in at risk for losing future revenue and stopping the path to grow in it’s tracks.
Planning for growth: Questions to consider
What questions work for your team? Do you have any tips on making sure your team can be trained to match the pace of growth for your company?
I would love to hear your thoughts below.
No one likes a micro-manager. Use these tips for better teamwork and delegation.
I’d love to visit New Zealand. I hear it’s beautiful and full of tasty hobbits.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
When you are exploring new territory for a project, it’s best to not over plan. You’ve never been where you are going, so how can you *really* plan ahead?
Instead try this:
How do you keep projects moving with your team? Any tips that work for you?
Great creative work requires both wild, free-form divergent thinking (the paper phase) and meticulous convergent thinking (the computer phase). I believe that’s how great things are made.
A vision foretells what may be ours.
If you have a dream, you have everything. If you have everything and no dream, then everything means nothing.
Managing projects is not for everyone. If you do find yourself in a project manager role on your team, these tips might help you keep your cool and keep things running smoothly.
Get a clear vision of what “DONE” looks like. In an ideal world, what would it look like to say “Hooray, this project is complete and it was awesome!” If you can picture it in clear detail, you can project manage it.
Create mini-goals. Mini-goals are those items that make up the big picture. Some will be a MUST, while others are more flexible. Once you define the mini-goals of the project, you can know what methods you can try to reach them.
“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.”Tom Robbins
Leave your options open. It can help to delay some of your decisions, giving you as much info as possible before you have to commit. General Patton said It can also help to avoid boxing you into decisions that limit your options
Ask Questions. Start by asking lots of questions to make sure everyone is on the same page. This will give you an idea of what will be in bounds or out of bounds on the methods to reach your goal.
Leapfrog due dates. Instead of setting a complicated timeline, keep things moving quickly with mini-decisions and daily progress. Lots of time can be wasted on a project simply waiting to get closer to due-dates instead of making process at a faster pace.
Take the Lead, avoid the committee. Projects get done when someone takes point. If decisions are open to the group, opinions and indecision can lead to slow progress.
“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion”Chinese proverb
Communicate, just enough. Find the best way to keep people on the same page, without overwhelming them. Meetings can be great. Email can be great. Ask questions, then communicate decisions. Over-communicating is often a main culprit that slow things down.
What project tips help you keep things moving? I’d love to hear them!
I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of a purpose which I did not know.
We must create our own world.
Beware what you set your heart upon. For it surely shall be yours.
Stand for people. Not a product or service or metric or number. If we stand for real, living, breathing people we will change the world.