How To Manage Your Performance Better
You’ve heard of MBA, right? I’m not talking about that ‘ credentials’ stuff; I’m talking about what it means to be ‘masterful’. And no, I’m not talking about another television show or soap opera! I’m talking about what results are occurring right now in your business that would have to be replicated if you were to study like most people don’t.
There is so much more to mastery than just being able to get a square peg in a round hole. Can you imagine assembling an orchestra without music? How long would it last?
How about a robot, or a computer, or a machine that would do it for you? Would these be really good tools, or are some of these things better left as tools? Have you tried separate data? What good is it unless you can separate the ‘real’ from the ‘ideal’ somehow?
Sort of like the strategy balanced scorecard. That is, you sort of take a look at the factors in the short range and the long range measures to see if your business is on track to meet your targets. Maybe it is more of a screening process than a measure.
To figure out your true enterprise performance at any time you need to collect whatever is included in corporate or individual performance reports every day, without fail. Sometimes the figures are too hard to decipher, like performance bonuses based on projected performance at the end of the month. Other times business performance is as simple as getting the words on the balance sheet ‘yes, we have a company, but it’s not growing’.
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If you can’t put your finger on who your customers are you’re in trouble. However, in maintenance of extents, it is only fair to assume that journalists like me at least tolerate routine summer slops that, if you are in business, are a synonym for getting nowhere fast. The phraseRest in Peace, or something like it, is the ‘out of sight is out of mind’ phrase. And this has become a bit old by now. But really, these are fun words to say!
So have a look at your corporate or personal organization. Is it growing and dynamic, or is it an ancient dead pile on the ground and a pile of rusting sticks in a corner. Does its appearance reflect your commitment? Or is it leering and smoking? Does your team perform well or is your leadership growing old and brittle?
Am I sowing common sense or has my every faithful leader stepped on one of these at least once or twice?
Our current financial crisis has given rise to a lot more media to it than any other and the constant stream of this last supreme storm of doom has them all screaming and screaming to each other as well.
Let’s put the size of this mess into perspective – did you have any idea that it took a full year to put in place your corporate compliance program? And your entire lifeline? Clearly this is why corporations and banks are so big that years could go by before they get their act together. Do any of them have a boardroom or major meeting room to deal with these compliance issues? And through this will all sorts of other business problems, even smaller emergencies that seem to grow in proportion to the clock they keep ticking?
Why You Need To Manage Your Business Better
And what exactly does ‘manage your business better‘ mean? Okay, before I answer this question, I need to talk about the word ‘manage’. If you believe me ‘manage’ is a good description but you have other ideas, below are the two most practical definitions –
- To deal with or administer: to give careful consideration and care to; to guide
- To give command: to give full authority to, or to direct by or authority over
Despite the language, we’re talking about the same three concepts. Manage everyday in your business. If you don’t manage your day-to-day business affairs, then, believe me, there’s my third ‘managing’ concept.
The Best Way To Manage Your Business Is With True Leadership
The difference between getting things done and getting things done right is the difference between leaders and followers. Some of us (and I have experienced this myself) just don’t go through with leadership on any given task because we think it’s much easier and faster to give direction to others. In cases like this, my advice would be to get out of the leadership role immediately and focus on leadership in the small and consistent way in your business. It is where true leadership is most effective.
Is It Worth It?
Most people who ask me this question, do so in reference to a business investment. They ask it at the end of a board meeting with a person I’ve known for years. The person in question works in an extremely retail industry (as retail is what we’re really about) with high overhead and low profit. The number of transactions per HR dollar spent via the employee is very low since the profits are very small and any discount that might be made on smaller products, or services might not even be ads ambling around the capital city. The naïve approach in this person’s mind is that he – or someone else in the same industry – should invest in a mobile phone subscription because the business is so small and everyone must have a phone, and generally all employees need a phone at one time or another. He begins to look in the usual places before proceeding.
It’s his typical thought, “You can’t miss this opportunity because the building is for rent but the signs are missing.” However, enough internet searches have brought him to a different matter. The matter of “should you invest up and out into something that is promising big gains, or should you go with something smaller which will make you big gains, or okay, already been done?” Or the bigger to the line of ridiculous question, “What kind of retirement can you possibly say you have?” OK, so I ask you, “Do you want to or have you ever invested in something where the odds are you did and it is not delivering you the returns you wanted?” Yep, I’ve done quite a lot of my own work for clients and consistently been great. I have nothing to hide or retract. I’m OK with that past performance. I’m not interested in making this person feel bad after all I do great for their clients. However, ask the question, “How many business owners have you heard of who tell me that if they marketed like that they would be out of business in a week, or wouldn’t have any chance to succeed?”
It’s quite a challenge for business owners and managers on both sides of the seat. We tend not to think outside the box. In business you don’t want to be stuck in a rut. If yourootRa hive is chugging along and you find a way to make good revenues out of the labour force, this will soon translate into fewer work hours, more wages, etc. When you start to add it all up you’ll realize you are more every day like, and thus it is that you might start to look at alternatives to a retail based career. It’s all about survival of the fittest as compared to survival of the strongest.
This is a new point of view for people on the outside. They are beginning to wake up to the fact that one doesn’t have to put one’s future into the hands of an entity you cannot trust. In business you have the ability to control how you become an asset to the company being represented. You don’t want to be taking a hard luck position so you have to add value to your position. Your dollars have value and or you don’t have them. You have to prove to pertinent people, regardless of their position, that your business is up to the challenge and does well. It’s not easy to do armed with the correct information. You have to be the top-notch employee. You will have to have great service. You will have to be punctual and accurate. Always be your word in everything you do. Always be on time and regard the other side of the table as your customer. If after all of this, you do decide that a more aggressive, and potentially costly, mindset is required, then stick to it. Never cower. Never give up. You will experience undue difficulties to resolve and thus real opportunities can be missed. Many times, this is the only thing preventing your staff from declaring, “We are leaving.” You will find others, seeking you out.
The question for any executive or entrepreneur or process server is: Do I jump or do I jump and ride it out? For lots of employees who have lost stock and viewing delivery deadlines are already weeks and months against the original schedule and without a sufficient review, but you still must make some strategic changes to how you do things. That’s it.
Benefits include, for example, less Stress, depression, anxiety, irritability, anger and other emotional illnesses. Less stress, less stress, less head aches, lower blood pressure, reduced stress test results, less physical expenses, decreased business costs are some of the benefits that result from better stress management.
Costs include, for example: reduced employee turnover, higher rates of job satisfaction, as well as improved absenteeism, improved productivity, and hopefully, a more profitable business with more employees.
7 Ways to Keep Your Employees
Top sales executives have these events all over their blogs. The best of them dread the task because they play into these ideas at every turn. They are too close to the action to really find any value in exploring new approaches to an ancient problem. Yet, at some point you have got to make this decision.
The reasons lie in the fact that your business is in the same business they are in. Your systems are the same. The people on your sales team are the same. They are, after all, members of one of the most powerful teams in the world. They’ve Standing relaxed behaviors,Everyien and your inside sales team just associated the company’s success as theirs to claim credit for; for it is they who are responsible for your successes. There’s a problem. It’s a bind. Change is necessary and worthwhile.
Many sales organizations are constantly searching for ways to obtain better results. If they don’t find a way to reach their targets, the bottom falls out of the top. Six Top Sales Executives have resigned their positions recently after their sales teams failed to achieve results. In a recent study of senior sales managers from a Canadian newspapers and surveying conducted by Riding Easy, the validity of the study directly addressed this challenge. They found the following significant differences between simple advice and most effective options to improve non-production sales of service firms, productivity, and sales results:
“For every sales management venture you’re undertaking to improve production, there is one that will fail; the other probably will fail a couple of times. Following that successful one, you’re absolutely right where you are, the best of the rest of the pack.”- Harry Beckwith, Harvard Business School professor
The study expanded to show to what extent successful challenge planning is important to these challenges.
“For every challenge, consider change. stewardship of the challenge and doing what others haven’t done before.” – Peter Drucker
What does it take to function effectively
“Expectations can spell the difference between success and failure. What you think about you become. Pay attention to where you’re going; then make sure your people know where you want to go.” – Peter Drucker
You can harness this type of knowledge when you confront these types of responses where people give you genuine, deep insight that they did not feel they could voice.
The Top Sales Managers recognize that their success is inextricably linked to their ability to manage errors, as well as their ability to better understand errors that enable them to stay ahead of the rest. If your organization is not like this, then you are probably in trouble.
Look for this chance to change how you practice. It’s a possibility that may well be for your organization’s benefit. How will you make it happen?
“Your biggest fear can be your most valuable asset.” – John Maxwell, Chairman, Oneweek Management Associates (IMBA)
The problem: People do not recognize they have a problem until you tell them.
The solution: Think customer. Everyone likes to talk about their products all the time. View those conversations as determining what is value, not how your products succeed in the marketplace. And it’s not as though it’s not always the best conversation to engage in, where we uncover all sorts of valuable information.
If your staff and/or your systems has not reached where you want them, how do you communicate that to them?How can you empower them so that they can make the necessary changes? How much are you willing to bet? And how will you be able to monitor their progress? These are the questions that will determine success.
“You’ve tried that before. It never works.” – 68-year-old former New York City Police Officer, Robert F. KERSHAVER
The problem: People don’t take responsibility for their actions
The Solution: Develop a simple actionable and realistic goal statement. Encourage your staff to identify behaviors and decisions that aren’t closely tied to the mission of the company. Achieve a rapid buy-in.
“Find a way to make me dependent on your employees.” – Lee Iacocca, Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Motors issued then and in continue to more recently. He also wanted to know how to make employees internal and external dependable.
The problem: Employees do not know what is expected of them.
The Solution: Have no job descriptions, no annual objectives, no patographies. Direct people to internal information and to outside resources and open lines of communications.
“Strong managers have a strong work force. The work of their people is their most important function.” – Harry Beckwith, Harvard Business School professor
The problem: People have no personal connections to the company. According to Dr. Concerned Prof.