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Try these two quick exercises to excel in the months ahead

Over half-way through 2020 and you may be wondering, ‘what next?’. Your business may be thriving, in a holding pattern or barely surviving. Your answer to ‘what next?’ is in part down to your circumstances but also your mindset, your attitude to risk and your re-assessment of your future goals.

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With lockdown came change – how will you build on the experience?

For some businesses lockdown was an abrupt suspension of activity, some literally ‘shut up shop’ overnight. Others had to adapt operations to continue some level of business with alternative working arrangements. And for the rest, opportunities and sales volumes have grown to unprecedented levels.

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Adding horsepower to your business

In the current business climate, whether you are thriving or barely surviving, you may consider the value of additional ‘horsepower’ in your business. You may not need or want to invest in a full-time manager or director, but equally you may feel that a short-term consultant will not be the answer.

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Is your team engaged with your company’s purpose?

When I start working with business owners, one of the first things I ask is, ‘What is the purpose of your business?’ In other words, why does the business exist? Surprisingly, this simple question often causes some debate.

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Five positive questions to ask yourself

No business has been untouched by the current coronavirus outbreak and subsequent ‘lockdown’. Whether you have seen a boom in trade as a delivery firm, a dramatic fall in revenue as a service company, or had to remodel your business to enable safe working for your teams, you will have been affected.

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Trust your team, so you can let go and your business can grow

Imagine being above a ravine clinging to a rope – white knuckles and fear of your grip slipping would be understandable. As a business owner concerns about letting go may be inhibiting your company and your health. And if your team is now remote working you may want to cling on more tightly.

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The different rhythms of business life require different perspectives on time

One of the many interesting aspects of working with business owners is their view on timescales. They can be impatient when things don’t happen quickly enough, yet display a lack of urgency when action is required.

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Collaboration is a sign of a growth mindset (a Dick ‘n’ Nick day)

When skills or experience overlap with another person, some people believe you must be in competition.  This is a sign of a closed, glass half-empty mindset. But what about the benefits a combined approach, or collaboration, can deliver to a client?  This is a glass half-full, growth mindset.

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