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Better Business, Better Life – Issue 62
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As we head into another week, I take great pleasure in sharing my curated articles, tips & tools in a short read that will hopefully give you a few ‘aha’ moments as well as some laughter or joy. Most of all I hope it gives you pragmatic inspiration & helps you on your journey to doing what you love, with people you love, making a huge difference, being compensated appropriately with time to pursue other passions – #TheEOSLife.
Here’s this week’s business tip, life hack & find of the week… Some of them are original, most are things I have come across in my weekly pursuit of self-improvement & living a better life, through creating a better business. And don’t forget the inspirational quote, which you can download as a wallpaper or lock screen for your phone.
As always, if you find great things that you’d like to share then feel free to email me for inclusion in one of my weekly newsletters. I’m always looking for new & exciting things to share each week. And if you think someone else would like to receive the newsletter in their inbox, directly from my inbox (no newsletter apps used here!) then please let me know – firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Visionary + 1 Visionary = 1 Vision?
A question we get asked all the time is “Can we have two visionaries?”
And sometimes the team don’t need to ask, I can just see it in their dynamic.
Well, the short answer is no…
The long answer is this article written by Mark Winters, the co-author of Rocket Fuel.
A Visionary is the heart & soul of the business – the bank of endless ideas, the strategic thinker with a pulse on your industry, the one who sees the big picture & connects all the dots.
They create & hold the company vision – essentially the creators of the business itself. Because they specialise in ‘what’s next’ for their business & industry, they often have 20 ideas a day.
Now can you imagine that doubled – 40 new ideas thrown at the team, every single day! With no one to cull & curate which ideas should be pursued and which ones should be put to bed.
The team will seriously struggle to keep up, ending up directionless, exhausted & confused. They lose focus on the important tasks for the success of the business & can get disheartened when their hard work doesn’t seem to be paying off.
That’s why instead of two Visionaries, you need the perfect counterbalance of the Visionary’s energy & natural talents – an Integrator. They coordinate the team to bring those ideas to life and give clarity & direction.
With an Integrator, the Visionary’s incredible vision becomes an achievable, step-by-step plan that can & will be followed by all.
Read the article to find out how to choose exactly one Visionary & also foster leaders who don’t fit the Visionary or Integrator role:
Does your family business have the support it needs to prosper?
As you know I work with a lot of family businesses – I’m really passionate about helping families live a better life through building a better business & creating lasting legacies to make the world a better place 💖
So I’m always living by the EOS values of ‘grow or die’ & learning as much as I can about family businesses to give more & more value to my clients.
I completed the first part of my Family Business Advisor Accreditation and also attended the Family Business Insights Conference last week.
Family Business Insights is an annual conference run by Family Business New Zealand (FBNZ) that brings the family business community together to connect, share & grow.
If you haven’t heard of FBNZ, they’re a non-profit membership association that focuses on helping family businesses succeed.
Our community consists of family business leaders, the next generation, family members, independent directors & advisors across all industries.
At this year’s conference, keynote speakers covered succession planning & transitioning to the next generation, corporate social responsibility, and what measures to put in place to create a sustainable business & lasting legacy.
I loved the opportunity to learn together – sharing knowledge, stories & experiences so that we could all better understand what it takes to be a successful family business & how we could support that journey.
For those working in or with a family business, I highly recommend attending both the Insights conference & getting involved with FBNZ. You & your business can never have too much support!
You can see the agenda, topics covered & speakers here:
Find out more about the organisation here:
FIND OF THE WEEK
Are you capitalising on your natural abilities?
I recently did a podcast with Alicia Butler-Pierre & she was just full of golden insights!
She is the owner & CEO of Equilibria Inc, an operations management firm that specialises in designing business infrastructure & processes.
She didn’t start out in business though & actually began her career as a chemical engineer, working in steel-toed boots at oil refineries & chemical plants.
They had equipment run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, just non-stop. But then the team would be asked to cut production by 50% one day, shut down completely the day after that, and then run at full speed the following week.
To her, it just seemed so manic.
She came to realise that she didn’t understand business at all. She didn’t understand what was driving these decisions, the concepts of supply & demand and how that can impact the day-to-day operations. So she went back to school to learn all about business.
In the years that followed, she came to another realisation – that all our lives, we’re taught to actually work for someone else, to become a good employee.
But we aren’t taught on how to capitalise on our natural skills, talents & abilities so that we can CREATE opportunities for ourselves.
She thought deeply about what she was naturally good at & took action.
“It’s my customers who tell me exactly what they want. It’s my job as the business owner to listen, and to act accordingly. And that is the story in a nutshell of how Equilibria came to be.”
Now Equilibria has been running for about 17 years & she never imagined it would evolve into what it is today.
Listen to the full episode to find out how she capitalised on her natural abilities & created opportunities for herself:
And you can find out more about Alicia on her website:
If you’d like to learn more about any of these tools or would like to find out how I can help you achieve a better life through creating a better business, then book a free Discovery Call with me.
We’ll talk about what you want to get from your business & your life & come up with a plan to do that!
Certified EOS Implementer | Accredited Family Business Advisor | Entrepreneurial Leadership & Business Coach | Speaker & Workshop Facilitator