The dawn of a new year is likely to create the desire in us to review the previous twelve months, make plans for the year ahead and resolve to do certain things differently in our personal lives. The way we structure our personal lives will impact and often reflect the way we operate our businesses. The values at the core of your operation coupled with the procedures developed by you and your team will determine the culture and the way things are done within your business. All aspects of your operation should demonstrate a level of interconnectedness that clearly represents your product, brand or service. You and your team are in effect brand ambassadors with specific areas of responsibility.
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Once this is understood and accepted it becomes easier to create, review and adapt systems that promote the growth of your business. You collectively appreciate the importance of paying attention to the basic aspects of what you are doing because success is in the details.
With effective systems in place, you are better equipped to measure progress, receive early indications of potential inefficiencies, adapt to unforeseen circumstances, develop sound fiscal policies and train people properly. Your team will have room to contribute their unique skillsets and personalities to the overall objective because they are clear about their importance within the structure provided for the growth of the business, their continued professional development and personal wellbeing.
You may have noticed that there is a heavy emphasis on the team thus far and this is deliberate. One of the major challenges of small to medium-sized business owners is the willingness to effectively delegate after they have been used to wearing so many hats or functioning in varied capacities out of necessity. You can only do so much by yourself, therefore, you achieve more through the building and empowering your team. This strengthens the position of your business to both stay relevant and increases market share.
Effective systems, methodologies procedures will only benefit your business. A business is as strong as the qualified and creatively intelligence expertise of its team. The team is ultimately influenced by the leadership/direction of the business owner. It’s all interconnected.
The dawn of a new year is similar to the dawn of a new day or any other day of productivity in your business operations. I suggest that you continue to nurture your relationships, establish and review your internal systems, prioritise your wellbeing and maintain the authenticity of your product, service or brand. One other thing: create time to celebrate your accomplishments and actively engage in ways to enjoy the process of expanding your business.
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About the Author
Malik Muhammad was raised and educated in Jamaica, read law in London and the author of ‘Empower Yourself to Succeed’. He created The Empowerment Mastery System to influence, help and inspire businesses to cultivate their visions in a specific time frame. Malik enjoys vegan cooking and quad biking. He is an after-dinner speaker, event host and convenes empowerment seminars internationally