Most business leaders are future-oriented. They want to make the business better tomorrow than it was yesterday. Today, I want to share with you 10 Big Ideas on how to make your business better. 1. Make a deeper commitment: Your business is going to thrive on your belief and passion. No one is going to believe in it more than you. If you love your business and you love what you do, you will commit to being the very best you can be and pretty soon, everyone around you in the organization will catch the rub from your passion. Inspired people inspire people.
2. Have profit-sharing: One of your objectives should be to turn your employees from renters to owners. You need to take them from working for you to working with you. Profit-sharing plans do this incredibly well, as your team will feel like partners with you in your business. If you reject the concept of sharing, how will you ever share anything with them? 3. Energize your partners: Just making money together will never be enough. Just owning something together will never be enough. You should set very high goals together; you need to encourage growth with each other. You need to keep score and urge each other to go to greater heights together. 4. Communicate more: The more you help people understand what is important and why it is important, the more they will care. Once they care deeply, there's no stopping them. What you will gain from empowering and energizing your people will take you to new growth.
5. Be more appreciative: Nothing can fire up someone like a couple of well-placed, authentic words of praise. They don't cost you much but a few minutes to pause to deliver them, but, if done well, the return on investment is astronomical. 6. Celebrate more: If you loosen up, the atmosphere of your company will as well. Stop trying to schedule fun events, start being fun yourself. Leadership is influence. Be a fun carrier and make sure everyone catches it from you. 7. Facilitate more discussion: You only know what your people tell you and they know everything you need to know. They are on the front lines. Talking to customers, answering the phone, answering e-mail, monitoring social media, and talking with each other. Create more interaction and discussion time so you know what they know. They know a lot. They know what is really going on.
8. Exceed expectations: When you deliver more than what is expected, you create more value. The more you create value, the more customers and repeat customers you create. Make sure you demonstrate appreciation for them and be helpful when there is a problem. Never make excuses, simply apologize and help fix it. Stand behind what you do. 9. Watch your expenses: Over and over, I see business owners who simply do not know their numbers. You can make a lot of strategic mistakes and still recover if you know your numbers. This gives you the advantage of knowing what your business can weather and what it cannot. Risk is much easier to estimate and mitigate if you know your numbers. 10. Go against the grain: Growth is always beyond what others are doing. Being an original is much better than being a copy. Most businesses do not ever copy well, they end up being cheap copies and it destroys credibility. Many a niche has been found and many a dollar has been made by simply going the other way from the crowd. Can you imagine what would happen inside and outside your business if you did just one of the Big Ideas I am suggesting? Every effort in your business counts for something; no matter how big or small it might appear.