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From “Vision” To Reality
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Leadership in a Small Business
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Three Reasons Why Leadership Grows Your Business
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Interviewing New Hires
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How To Increase The Value Of Your Business

From “Vision” To Reality

Last week I wrote about how all planning starts with a clear vision of where you want to go. I gave you three simple steps to create a vision for your business that also establishes clear measurements of how close you are getting to “success”.

And yet, some pragmatic small business owners are still concerned that spending time on this “vision-thing” is not really productive, They can’t see how a wild and woolly “vision” can really help them succeed amongst their daily grind.

Well, that may explain why they feel they are in a daily “grind” rather than feel that they are successfully building the business of their dreams.

Before I show you exactly how you can use your vision to create a reality in your business – one that ensures everyone in it knows exactly what to do without being told and where everyone is pulling toward the same targets of “success”, let me ask you something.

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Leadership in a Small Business

In this post, I am going to show you why Leadership is a requirement in any business – even a small business.

I am then going to provide you with a simple challenge that you can try out in the next week, a set of simple steps or processes that you can use in your business.

But first, let’s start with why leadership is a requirement in any business.

Through the course of my career in developing and growing businesses, I have observed that business success depends on doing six things well.

These are Leadership, Planning, Marketing, Customer Fulfilment, Operational Efficiency, and Mastering Finance.

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Three Reasons Why Leadership Grows Your Business

As a small business owner, you may be up to your armpits in fixing a bushfire or working after hours keeping up with the bookkeeping.

You hear about people saying that a business needs leadership to guide it to success and maybe you think that’s fine for some but in the real world, it’s pretty much BS!

Where have you got the time?

And anyway you own and run a small business. At best you only have a handful of people working for you and they seem to be doing what they’re told!

Well, let me take a few minutes of your time and show you why Leadership will help you grow your business into the successful business you want – that successful business you dream about but maybe don’t really think you can build.

I’ll give you three reasons why Leadership grows your business.

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Interviewing New Hires

Choosing a new member of the team relies on asking the right questions when you first interview them for the role.

Applicants are likely to have provided you with a good resume. If not you should rightly discard them from the shortlist. The good ones will have laid out their past experience, their skills and qualifications and perhaps even some discussion about why they are the person to fit the description in your advertisement. If you have a number of good applicants, the descriptions on paper will make it hard to decide who is best for the job.

How do you make sure that you are making the right choice?

This week, I want to give you a system for your interviews that you can use every time you interview someone for a position in your business.

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How To Increase The Value Of Your Business

The value of your business is not just based on the tangible assets – the equipment, the buildings, the accounts receivable – but is also based on intangible assets or “goodwill”.

Goodwill is the “extra” value of your business that is caused by all the intangible things that you do in your business to make it a profitable business that can continue beyond your ownership or stewardship. These include things like your customer relationships, your reputation, the efficiency of the business processes, marketing quality and resources, staff behaviours and culture, and your systems that create a great product and service.

Imagine two similar businesses.

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