Category Archives: Management

Are You A Change Agent?

Are you interested in trying to identify and solve social problems on a large scale?   Are you  innovative and relish the thrill of opportunity seeking?  Does making changes and improvements to systems or society interest you?  If so you may be a social entrepreneur.

Do you primarily seek to generate “social value” rather than profits for your business?  Is your work targeted not only towards immediate, small-scale effects, but sweeping, long-term changes in the world?  Are you an idealist?  If so you may be a social entrepreneur.

Now reverse these questions and replace social value with economic value and social problems with economic potential and you have yourself a true blue entrepreneur. 

Now I have a tough time with this rigid dicotomy of the entrepreneurial types, and often wonder why there isn’t a definition for the two combined.  It does seem reasonable that the two could combine.  So, I ask myself the question.  “What would you call an entrepreneur who has the goals of a capitalist but a heart of a saint?”

My answer?  A Change Agent…yeah a Change Agent, it sounds cool,  makes sense, plus I think Peter Drucker might agree.

So, what are your goals? What are your intentions?  Do you just want to make a profit, or is making a difference important to you too?  What are you going to do in your business to emerge from the average, the typical, to combine these two ideas and make some real change?
Hello, are you listening….Are You A Change Agent?

P.S…this doesn’t just apply to “Entrepreneurs”   See Why.

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7 Steps to Business Elevation

Starting new businesses can be a roller coaster ride.  The essence of  enterprising actually consists of many ups and downs, whereby it seems that the downs outway the ups   ….in  many cases, when we look at business building, it may also seem like it only consists of downs.   It truly can be a crazy ride, a hellish ride even..if you let it…especially if one hasn’t done their homework.  

I came across a really good step by step process recently that I thought was good sage advice to which can undoubtedly increase any enterprising entrepreneur’s chances of having a successful business venture.  Maybe even one where the proverbial roller coaster ride only goes up.

Enjoy!!

Seven Formulas For Business Success By:

 Brian Tracy

Visualize Your Goals

There are seven formulas for business success. Number one, set a specific goal and visualize it as a reality. Play the picture of your goal as already realized on the screen of your mind over and over again. Number two, look for a problem you can solve with a product or service that is high quality and good value. All successful businesses are based on products or services that are high quality and good value. Number three, start small and learn your business thoroughly. Be patient. Invest time rather than a lot of mo ney.

Bootstrap Your Way To Success

One of the best ways to build a business is to start off on a bootstrap. This means that you start off with very little money and you grow your business with the money that you ear n in the business, rather than outside financing, borr owing, loans from friends and so on.  Test, Test, Test Number four, test every major move before you invest in it.

Test, test, test.

Don’t plunge into a business. Move ahead carefully, one step at a time. Number five, expand on the basis of your successes, out of your profits, as you move along. In other words, only expand your business on mo ney that you’ve earned in the business, not on borrowed capital. 

Pick Your People Carefully

Number six, carefully select the people to help you expand and grow. The biggest mistakes you’ll ever make will be in picking the wrong people to work with, so be very, very careful in picking the people you’re going to work with in your business.  Use Financial Leverage and number seven, use financial leverage. Financial leverage is business borrowing, lines of credit from the bank, which are based on the cash flow from your successful business. The whole aim of starting a business is to develop a consistent, predictable source of cash flow in excess of cost and expenses and then to hold to the money.  Banks will lend you all the money that you can service as debt with your cash flow.

Start Off Part Time

One final thing that you can do, and I’ve recommended that many people do this over the years, is if you’re starting off with no money, go to work part-time for a business in a field that interests you. It’s a great form of on-the-job training. Work evenings or work week ends. Or work on your holidays if you like. Sometimes a business that looks big from the outside will look terrible once you start working for it. But sometimes when you start working for a business, you start to get a great understanding of how it works and you get insights on how you can improve it.

Learn What You Need To Learn

Remember this, though, most businesses fail because of manager incompetence. So take the time to learn what you need to know to succeed. Be patient. The time you invest before you start will pay off over and over again in the months and years ahead.

Action Ex ercises

Here are two things you can do immediately to implement these formulas for business success: First, be prepared. The number one reason that people succeed in starting their own businesses is that they have the knowledge and experience, in advance that they need to succeed. Do your homework. Second, start small. Some people think that they can be successful faster by putting all their money up front at the very beginning. The opposite is true. Start small and grow out of your cash flow from successful operations.

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