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Are you getting the most from your people?

People are one of the greatest assets in your business. Are you treating your people right? Are they happy? Are they motivated? If you do not regularly ask these questions of your staff then over time they are not going to feel valuable and they will start to look elsewhere. And these must be questions that you ask if you want to get the most from your people. Your people are quite often a reflection of your business. If they are not happy in the work place, if they are… Read more Are you getting the most from your people?

Are you efficient?

Are you efficient in all areas of your business? Are you really doing your daily tasks and projects in the most efficient way possible? It might seem that you are. But it might just be that you’ve been doing tasks the same way forever so that it feels like you’re being efficient. Doing a task the same way but more quickly, is not improving efficiency.  It just means you’re getting better at it. If you haven’t changed how you’ve done anything in the past few months or dare I say years,… Read more Are you efficient?

Continuous improvement…

Continuous improvement. Continuous improvement applies in all aspects of business and life and, in my opinion, a business cannot continue to succeed if it does not focus on continuous improvement. You might have gotten lucky in your business and immediately hit on something that was an instant success.  But I can guarantee that you will not continue into the future with the same success if you do not look at areas to continuously improve upon. We wouldn’t have many of the technologies that we have today if businesses and people weren’t… Read more Continuous improvement…

Set yourself some goals…

Did you ever consider setting goals?  Not just for achieving what you want to achieve, but to improve on efficiency in your business too? I set goals often.  On a weekly basis I sit down and work out what goals I need to achieve in the next week.  This doesn’t just apply to my business, but it also applies to my personal achievements too. When set right, a goal gives you direction. A goal gives you a pathway to achievement. A goal gives you focus. With direction, a pathway and… Read more Set yourself some goals…

Where do you want to go?

Pause for a moment and think… Where do you want to take your business? Do you have a plan in mind?  Or are you just winging it and taking whatever opportunity comes your way? What if I told you that you could operate more efficiently if you had a plan in mind? Would you know where to start in making a plan for your business? While it might seem more exciting to just take whatever opportunity comes your way, how will you know if it is the right opportunity for… Read more Where do you want to go?

The value of a procedure

I have worked most of my career in the highly regulated areas where procedures are part of every day.  We literally have a procedure for everything that we do. I won’t suggest that you need to do the same in your business.  But a procedure does have value and it does have a place. I knew this way back in the nineties, before I hit the world of regulations, as a ticket seller at the front entrance of the Perth Zoo.  When it was time for me to leave this… Read more The value of a procedure

The power of a checklist…

Never underestimate the power of a checklist in improving efficiency. When used correctly, a checklist is invaluable. I’m sure that you have activities in your business that you do over and over again. I am also sure that there will be days when it seems that something is always getting forgotten or overlooked in a task that should be second nature.  This leads to frustration and needing to make time to correct something that should have been done the first time.  Productivity goes down and costs go up. The trouble… Read more The power of a checklist…