We have been blessed to not only achieve success in our own personal lives and careers, but we’ve also had the benefit of working closely with many other successful people in all walks of life. This includes people in everything from business to politics to non-profits.
Some days it’s easier to stay positive than others. For instance, those days when you land a big new customer or finally bring on board that key new hire. But there are other days when it’s really tough to keep that positive outlook. Simply flip the scenarios mentioned before where instead of landing a big new customer you instead lose a customer that makes up 25% of your business. Or that key employee gives you two weeks notice.
We usually get a deer in the headlights response from our clients when they first hear us talk about how boring business can get when it’s running well. That deer in headlights look comes because most folks can’t relate to being bored with their business. Usually they have more colorful (and painful) words to describe how they feel about their business. Things like frustrated, excited, overwhelmed, exhausted. It’s rare that you meet a business owner who describes themselves as being bored.
Believe it or not, we’re almost six months into this COVID-19 pandemic. Needless to say, we’ve all absorbed a lot of changes over that time and more changes and adjustments are coming. Hopefully one of the nice side benefits of this current pandemic is that it’s making you more comfortable with making changes and trying new things.
At some point during your business life cycle, either you or someone else will ask you this question, “What’s my business worth?” The quick answer is it depends! It depends on a lot of factors. Some of these factors are things you can control while others are out of your control. For instance, you have some control over how you set your selling prices and control your costs, but you can’t control the overall industry growth or how your competitors act.
Are you getting in the way of your business? Not that you are trying to get in the way, but it just seems that every time you dive in and get involved in something that it tends to go differently than you anticipated? Are you in touch with your power as the business owner?
How come nobody understands me? Didn’t I already tell you that? How many times do I have to tell you not to do it that way? We hear these questions and many more from business owners who are frustrated that they are having trouble communicating with folks.
We were talking with a client was lamenting about a key employee who had recently given her 2-week notice. We asked her a simple question we learned from Jim Collins in his book Good to Great. We asked her if she was distraught about the resignation or secretly relieved. Our client said she was secretly relieved.
Most successful business owners, heck most successful people, have a group of folks who they talk with about their business on a regular basis. So do you have a group of folks you talk with about your business? And we don’t mean your spouse, siblings, or friends. We’re talking about people who actually get it. Other business folks.
With so many things changing over these past 3 months, it’s good to know that some things stay the same no matter what. When it comes to business, one thing that endures is MVP’s 7 Keys to Success. These guiding principles for how to run your business successfully continue to be tested in all sorts of areas including a global pandemic.