Many people tend to focus on all the reasons why success has been out of reach for them. I believe it is much easier to achieve your own definition of success by focusing on the things you can do; however small they may be. One step, one task, one small goal after other will get you to your own success as you want it. Persistence, determination and the wiliness to learn from the things that don’t work will make success a reality. What is your next step toward your success?
Work Life Balance? A current popular trend refers to reaching a balance between life and work. Most agree on the need for the balance. However, there are too many difference on what work-life balance means to reach a consensus on how to achieve it. In one hand, work is part of life, so I am not sure the term “work-life” is the most appropriate one. That said, I will refer to Tony Robbins’ definition of the “6 Core Human Needs” (full article at http://www.habitsforwellbeing.com/6-core-human-needs-by-anthony-robbins/), where he talks about the need of each one of us to have a certain level of certainty and variety, significance and love & connection, and growth and contribution in our life. Most of what we do in life is about meeting all these needs and maintaining the balance within each pair. Each one of us requires a unique balance within each pair of the six core needs and when we have that balance, we feel fulfilled and happy. Some people needs lots of variety, while others want more certainty. Same thing applies to the other two pairs. Back to the balanced life, while some people will need more of the variety and challenges found at work, others will need and want more of the safety, security and certainty they get at home with their families. While some will want more of the feeling of significance and importance, others will want more the love and connection with other people. In addition, there are resourceful and un-resourceful ways to meet each one of these needs and therefore […]
When we travel overseas, we often use a mix of transportation mediums (plane, busses, cars, etc). That provides us with the best and most effective way to achieve all we want in that particular trip. When working how to do things in business, we often get involved in an argument or discussion around this idea or that idea, this approach vs that approach and so on. Often both ideas, approaches or whatever are good by their own merits. How is it then, that we use the “this OR that” to choose only one? Wouldn’t it be better and more effective if we were to go with “this AND that”, maybe taking the best of all ideas and approaches and come up with the ideal outcome? Keep this in mind when deciding between more than one idea or more than one approach: Is this about deciding how to reach the best outcome or which idea/approach is the best? Is this about choosing who will get the credit or is it about how to best do something? When more than one idea/approach is available, how about using all of them instead of one? Or any combination?
Big businesses are those small businesses that were flexible and versatile, with a clear purpose and well define plans to grow and evolved. They were also quick to adapt to the ever-changing market conditions. As long as they are able to maintain all the above qualities, they are likely to stay at the top of the game. The point where big businesses tend to go south is when the processes and policies become more important that the outcome the business is trying to achieve. At the same time, the vision that provided the north to achieve success is also lost. Eventually, it disappears from the market. A simplify four step formula for success in any business of any size is: A clear purpose / vision and values: It provides a clear direction for the business to follow, while the values provide the rules on how to travel during the journey. A structure that provides the processes and systems to support and facilitate the businesses. Processes and systems are about simplifying path to achieve the outcome defined by the vision. An excellent execution of the business plans, while maintaining the flexibility to adapt to the ever-changing environment and market conditions. Finally, the people that makes all the above take place. These people must relate and be aligned to the business vision and values, while having the expertise and ability to execute the business plan using the business structure. Which of the above four items can your business improve on?
Often, we see many businesses running to catch up with the competition when they come up with a novel idea, product, service or whatever. I wonder, how come people rush to catch up and copy what the competition is doing well instead of having an ongoing approach to innovation, curiosity and novel ideas? How come businesses seem to be more focus on selling whatever they have instead of creating a wonderful product or service that people will want to have very much and therefore selling by itself? I wonder how much better would a business do if they start leading the industry instead of following the lead.
Businesses often want their employees to work a very well and detailed set of parameters and sometimes even rigid and restrictive. In addition, they have the tendency to drop feed the minimum level of information needed to do the task at hand. Businesses like this could improve overall performance by practicing the teaching of this Chinese proverb: “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Show him how to catch fish, and you will feed him for a lifetime.” In this context, all that businesses need to do is focus on what needs be accomplish, the outcome complying only with the minimum set of parameters. Likewise, the level of information provided should be focus on making available the maximum possible amount relevant to the task, including the role and context that the task at hand will play in the overall medium and long term business plan. This approach with the information will allow the employee to think on the long term and take a more strategic approach on the work being done, instead of a tactical solution.