QuickBizBreak by david weaver

Take a quick break from your biz to ponder new ideas and strategies that will turbocharge your business.

Posts Tagged ‘Leadership’

Do You Love What You Do?

Posted by QuickBizBreak on July 23, 2009

Not HappyDo you work for a living? Or do you live for each new day of opportunity, sharing your passion for what you do?

I know of few people who can honestly say they fit the description in that second sentence. After all, we have to make a living, to feed and provide for ourselves and our family. Many of us took off on an early career, for money or simply because it was what was offered, and have never veered far from the direction it has taken us. It may even be our own business that has us unsatisfied. We may have started a business years ago and have allowed either our business or ourselves to stagnate (or perhaps both).

I was engaged in a conversation this week regarding customer service, or the lack thereof, and thought of the people we come into contact with who appear truly miserable. Maybe it’s their personal life, maybe it’s their position in life, maybe it’s their job, but something really has them singing the blues. Well, not even singing. More like grumbling and snarling. What I realized is that it’s difficult to motivate employees to provide an outstanding customer experience if they’re genuinely unhappy. No training in the world will change that situation.

Equally important, we can’t inspire our employees, our prospects or our customers if our own leadership doesn’t reflect the attitude we want to share with our customers.

Have you ever walked into a shop or restaurant where the owner or employee is genuinely thrilled to talk with you about their product, their service, their business? I love that experience because I know the person I’m talking with is genuinely engaged and passionate about what they are doing. I want to come back and experience that again. I want to spread the word – “Hey, there’s someone here who is really excited about their business!”

If you’ve “lost that lovin’ feeling” for your business, is it possible that you’ve lost the excitement about where that business is taking you? Here are some steps to consider:

1) Ask yourself why you started or purchased a business in the first place.
2) What was your original goal with the business?
3) Do you still have the same goal or has it changed?
4) Does that goal for your business support your personal goals for income, your lifestyle, wealth and equity?
5) If not, adjust your business goals to provide what you really want, whether it’s more revenue and profits or even if it’s to spend less time in the business.
6) Now, create a plan for your business that will allow it perform to your expectations. It may mean new strategies, new products, new markets or simply focusing on the key activities that are necessary to ensure peak performance. Not sure how?
7) Get a coach. If it works for a world-class athlete like Tiger Woods, it can work for a world-class business owner like you!

David Weaver


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Oh no! Another business blog!

Posted by QuickBizBreak on June 27, 2009

Why should I subscribe to, much less read, a new business blog?  There are hundreds of business blogs out there and thousands (millions?) of business articles I can access with a few keystrokes via the Internet.

The whole idea here is to provide a quick break for you to step away from your business and work on your business instead of in your business.  What’s the difference?  We’ll cover that in my next post.

So, here are 9 reasons why you should read this particular business blog regularly, regardless of whether you are a business owner, a manager or an employee:

1.  You Know Me – You Don’t Know Them

  • At least not personally, that is.  While certainly there are plenty of well-know business experts blogging today, I’m someone you know, or can get to know, and trust.  This first edition is going out to those in my personal and business sphere of influence.  That means I’ve either met you, talked with you, been recommended to you or somehow come across your business card (remember those cards you pinned to the bulletin board at the local Mexican cantina?).

2.  I’ll Bring You the Best of Business Blogging

  • Along with my own content, I’ll highlight that of my associates, as well as tidbits from the 30+ blogs I believe are the best in the country.  All served up with my own twist and related to you with specific examples of how to maximize the performance of your business.  But wait, there’s more!

3.  Video Blog

  • Each month, I’ll bring you video that showcases the best business ideas.  Some will be from my own perspective but we’ll also highlight local business owners who are ‘doing it right’.  You’ll learn from your peers about what’s working for them in the current economy.

4.  Actionable Ideas

  • Not just fluff but ideas you can act upon.  Remember, I’m going to get you thinking outside of the day-to-day routine of your business.

Not Enough To Convince You?  Try These Hard Facts:

5.  According to the SBA, over 50% of small businesses fail in the first five years.

6.  A study done by Inc. magazine and the National Business Incubator Association (NBIA) revealed that 80 percent of new businesses fail        within the first five years.

7.  According to Dun & Bradstreet reports, “Businesses with fewer than 20 employees have only a 37% chance of surviving four years (of      business) and only a 9% chance of surviving 10 years.”

8.  Restaurants only have a 20% chance of surviving 2 years.

9.  Of these failed business, only 10% of them close involuntarily due to bankruptcy and the remaining 90% close because the business        was not successful, did not provide the level of income desired or was too much work for their efforts.

The old adage, “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan” certainly holds true when it comes to small business success.

So how do you plan and ensure that your business is going to be successful and provide the level of income you really desire?

Stay tuned, my friends!

Best of business,

David Weaver



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