You should not be making single, one-off moves in business. There should be a bigger overall picture in the works.
Every little step you take should have some contributions to the bigger goals.
Yes, you can only enjoy massive success when there’s a bigger vision you are working towards.
I cancelled a lot of plans and initiatives this year because they do not add up to the overall plan. If it does not contribute to the bigger plan, it will detract from it.
I know that in some quarters, they think we are not focussed enough in my company, but in-house, we have a clear focus and know what we ought to get done per time.
First thing to do: decide on the bigger picture, the vision for the project. Next thing: ensure every move contributes to it.
(There! I just saved some years of your life by making this post!!)
With all the new technology out there, there’s an expectation about how things should work now.
Stores have moved from buildings into websites and now into mobile devices. Stopping your operations at ‘building’ level is not a smart idea.
Look for how you can leverage tech to forge ahead in your operations. Don’t just follow the normal.
Simplify the process, make it more efficient. Add a wow factor!
Move up the ladder! The bottom is crowded.
Every business man has to polish his negotiation skills. Especially for the first-time Entrepreneur starting out low in cash, but big in vision.
Did you know Bill Gates was able to build Microsoft by negotiating a ‘crazy’ deal? (Go find out!)
Sometimes, all we bring to the table is our vision and yet we must seal the deal even though we have nothing seemingly tangible to offer the other party.
No business deal/relationship is messed up beyond repair, we just need to dialog and find a way to forge ahead.
Dialog and negotiation, back-and-forth. Invest the time, become an excellent negotiator, it helps!
The best and most elegant solutions are usually simple. The interesting thing about this is that the simplicity only becomes obvious in hindsight.
Like Leonardo Da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. Simple solutions can start from something much more complex; we start complex and then simplify down the road.
That is why we need to sit down from time to time to review things and look for how we can simplify. This is how we keep our edge and stay on our toes.
Everything can be streamlined further, anything can be made simplified and more friendly to for your customers.
What chores do you currently have to do that are complicated? If it is something that can be monetised, then there could be a big business opportunity there for you if you can simplify it.
The most important thing you need to do as a Christian is not the act attending church every Sunday.
The most important thing you need to do is to discover what the LORD wants you do and then get started. You can attend church services religiously for decades and yet have no clue about the divine will and counsel for your life.
Not all churches teach about the subject of divine purpose: finding it and executing it. However, this is crucial to living a meaningful and purposeful life.
Going to church every Sunday is not a requirement for making heaven. (Although, it surely helps)
Amazon announced Amazon Go on Dec. 5, 2016, the program will make it possible to enter a store; checking in with Amazon Go app on your phone, pick up the products you want to buy and then simply walk out.
No need to talk to anybody or make payments at the cashier. The technology has been dubbed “JUST WALK OUT”.
Amazon says through sensors, computer vision and deep learning algorithms, it can track everyone in the store. The system will track everybody and everything they do, the products they picked and the ones they return, when they walk out of the store, the system bills them automatically with everything picked.
Understandably, this move has made people to predict we would not need human staff to man retail stores ever again. Business owners would simply buy the machines that can run this kinds of stores and save costs in the long term.
I tend to believe it is not so simple. Humans are not done, there is also a role for people to play.
There is an human component to shopping. People would always prefer to buy from a person, rather than buy from a cold, heartless machine. I don’t know about you, but I certainly enjoy making small talk when I go to the local grocery store for supplies.
Across the industries, I have observed that what works best is not total human elimination as Amazon Go seems to advocate, rather a blend of both. Machines boosting human efforts, working together to build a more profitable organisation.
Watching The World
Communication in business is as important as oxygen is to living. Without oxygen, we suffocate and die, we do not stand a chance.
Businesses ought to be available 24 hours a day.
In reality, it is not easy to be available around the clock like that. Especially if you are a freelancer or understaffed startup trying to find your feet.
I also find it tough to do so today, with so much incoming and so much to keep track of. I try my best to keep up and I automate some things to make it easier, but every now and then, you keep falling short.
If I know that if I am not able to communicate effectively, it is worth fixing it. I found 3 tips that would work for me:
First of all, work on your command of the language itself. Are you an effective communicator? If you lack the ability to express yourself with clarity, you might still end up hurting yourself in the long run.
Second, communication can be delegated. It is not compulsory that the boss has to respond to everything personally. This is tricky as everyone wants to have the oga’s attention, you have to remember that oga has got only 24hours in a day…
Third, embrace technology. There are many fantastic tools out there that can take the pain out of communications with clients and customers. Use them.
Nobody likes been left in the dark. Keep your business alive by communicating clearly and often.
I am happy and proud to a member of my own generation, a generation that finally has the boldness to challenge century old belief systems and patterns.
I was nurturing thoughts of dropping out on church and God altogether around 2010, but then things changed and I got to experience God in first person and so, these days…. I have a deep and intimate relationship with God that cannot be shaken away.
There is a wave of atheism rising, young Christians are packing up their bibles, declaring that the whole Christian thing is a scam and there is no God in heaven. This is good. Seriously.
I think it is way better to come out clean that God is not real to you than to pretend to conform and continue to add up to our numbers.
Previous generations before ours had this same questions, they asked, they got shut down and got commanded to comply, they did, their lives are not working. Yet, they still blindly push us towards the same route…. and this is why we are in this mess right now.
Most Christian leaders we have now do not have any first-hand knowledge of God, nor they do even understand what they are professing and as such they cannot satisfactorily debate biblical facts with their disciples. They shove it down their throats.
The questions have always been there, there are so many things inside the bible that we cannot explain and when we ask honest, intelligent questions, our religious leaders hypocritically shut us down.
Christianity has become another name for hypocrisy, we do not debate anything shoved down our throats. We go to church on Sundays where we all play nice; we sing, we listen to a sermon and even pray to a God we do not have faith in. The moment we leave church, we forget all that and get back to business as usual.
Our Christianity is on rocks because people are not getting answers. Unlike Judaism, the religion from which Christianity emerged. In Judaism, I heard that intense debate is allowed and encouraged, you must have heard that Jesus was debating and challenging scriptures at age 12, that incident was not unique to Jesus only. Jews are always debating and challenging their scriptures and as a result, every Jew that remains true to their religion knows without fail that it works, they can bank upon it. Christians cannot.
My generation has real questions and we need to give them real answers.
You can no longer shut them down or command compliance with the old rugged cross principles. You need to really know what you are teaching.
I admit that been a Christian requires a leap of faith, because not everything will make sense, not everything has to make sense. However, I cannot deny that there are huge gaps of our knowledge and understanding about how God works that Christian leaders need to improve upon.
We Christian leaders need to brace up, armed with sound biblical facts so that we can supply really relevant answers to our people when they demand it.
May the LORD be able to depend upon us in this precarious times. (Amen)
Its not you, its real life… Its so messy.
You draw out perfect plans and make awesome and realistic projections about where you want to go and then you set out… Only for it all to come tumbling down.
We’ve all been there.
Real life isn’t structured, its chaotic! Anything that can go wrong, goes wrong. We keep on taking knocks every now and then.
That’s the way it has always been, that’s the way it will continue to be.
Quit whining and bitching about the latest knocks you took to the head. Shake it off and carry on. Life doesn’t get easier, we are the ones that need to get stronger.