Are you feeling disoriented? In a rut and don’t know what your next business operations move is? Are you getting little support or guidance? Or do you feel like your business ideas are not flowing the way they used to? Maybe you’re motivated to shift your business results, but you don’t have the right strategy or plan to implement. You attend seminars and weekly networking meetings, but something isn’t right and hasn’t been accountable to the results you desire. Save yourself some agony. Try these “10 Pointers” and be more strategic oriented. You will experience fulfillment, productivity, and accomplishment from applying these “10 Pointers” to your business situation. So let’s take a look:
Mastery Skills – Collaboratively working to sharpen already proven skill levels.
Accountability – Owning up to the tasks and goals we have committed to.
Sharing – Collaboratively sharing thoughts and ideas.
Teamwork – Multiple minds working together are better than one mind working alone.
Engagement – Focused work leading to excellence.
Respect – Bringing quality and value to others.
Mentoring – Learn from those who’ve been there and done that.
Integrity – Higher ethical standards increases brand awareness.
Notability – The more we give of ourselves, the more notable we become.
Determination – Understanding your “why” and your passion so you will never quit.
1. Mastery – Spending more time in areas of your business that need improvement is not always the best solution. Why not focus on the areas that you are excelling in and sharpen those? Master what is already working and shift your business focus to those areas. Your successful area of focus should be continually sharpened, thus bringing more confidence to your business. This increases your opportunity to becoming more strategic oriented, sooner rather than later. As for the hindering areas of your business, you should collaborate and get insight from those who excel in the areas that are challenges for you.
2. Accountability – At times, taking action can be difficult when you’re stuck and disoriented. Your confidence may be low and your follow-through on tasks might not be as efficient as it used to be. You should consider working with an accountability partner. An accountability partner is someone you know, like, and trust; someone that you authorize to kick you in the rear (figuratively speaking) when you begin to slack up. Who’s holding you accountable? It’s easy to let yourself off the hook and that may be the reason that your business is disoriented. Try developing an enhanced strategic plan, setting S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time bound), and building toward an accountability partnership.
3. Sharing – It’s very important to collaborate and share experience. Remember, you have skills and functionalities of your business that excel. Why not leverage the knowledge of how you got those areas of your business to be so great? In return, you get the help you need in weaker areas of your business. Share your experience and knowledge of your business expertise, and you’ll see how effective the concept of collaboration and sharing can be. Try it, and see what you come up with and letme know. I would love to hear how it turned out.
4. Teamwork – This is an extension of sharing. An effective group of people working together to share knowledge, experience, and inspiration in a winning environment fostered through team efforts. Teamwork is very important because it can improve motivation, efficiency, knowledge, relationships, and soft skills. As I’ve stated a million times before, “Together Everyone Achieves More.”
5. Engagement – Try being more engaged with your staff and customers. When you have engaged employees they’re traditionally happier, more productive, and provide better service. Some quick tips to better engage with your staff are to empower, to provide positive feedback, give recognition, and encourage training and development. Engage customers with surveys to access their needs and wants. Surveys are also a great tool to measure how you are doing.
6. Respect – When you attentively listen, keep commitments and agreements, have enthusiasm and passion, are open-minded, and show that you care for others, you exhibit respectful traits found in great leaders. This is important because people will go above and beyond to help you succeed. This is a key point in shifting your momentum away from being disoriented.
7. Mentorship – There’s someone who’s been where you are right now. Build a mentoring partnership and work with your mentor for support and guidance to help bring clarity into your business. When you are up against the wall and are disoriented, mentorship can be very motivating and effective. Here’s some
• Enriching experience
• Development of communication skills
• Contribution to your business growth
• Personal and professional satisfaction
• Hands-on training and development
8. Integrity – It is very important to uphold yourself to high ethical and moral standards. Dig deep and be honest with yourself to identify why you are so disoriented. I recommend revisiting or creating a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) of your business and one of yourself. This process takes an honest look at the big picture. It will also help you identify where your business is at in comparison to your competition. When you are honest in this process, you identify key business components and personal traits, both hindering and advancing. Thus, allowing you to maximize on advancing traits, while minimizing hindering components.
9. Notability – I believe in the Laws of Attraction. The more you give, the more you’ll receive. You’ll find that being disoriented is temporary, especially when you start giving more of yourself and services during this time. Find a way to donate your time and expertise and watch the magic of appreciation and notability occur. Others will then seek to help you in return, thus ending disorientation!
10. Determination – This is the driving force to getting back on track. When you reflect back to why you decided to develop your business, it should reignite the passion of why you started this business in the first place. Your determination pushes you through circumstances that will eliminate your disorientation. Ultimately, determination is your will power within that triggers you not to quit, regardless of any circumstances. So, continue to push forward!
These “10 Pointers” are entailed in MASTERMIND group sessions. So what exactly is Masterminding? Masterminding is best described as like-minded individuals coming together with a common purpose to enhance their businesses and improve their lives. Some benefits of being in a mastermind group include: Obtaining better ideas, Personal Development, Networking, Inspiration, and Gaining Resources and Knowledge of others.
Mastermind groups have been around for as long as we can remember, with Mr. Napoleon Hill introducing masterminding in his book, Think and Grow Rich. Napoleon Hill reports he learned the Master Mind principle from Andrew Carnegie 25 years before Think and Grow Rich was published. Hill makes the following statement to illustrate the concept of a Master Mind: “No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.”
Join/create a MASTERMIND group, and end your disorientation in your newly established business!
Morice Mabry is owner of MasterMinding Forward, an Adjunct Business Professor, Masterminding Group Facilitator, and Motivational Coach. His passion is servicing disoriented small business owners, entrepreneurs, and college students who struggle with business and life planning, accountability, sustaining vision, and goal setting.
You can visit Morice at http://moricemabry.com