There are many Business Owners who manage their business by default instead of design and are frustrated with their business’s performance. Intentional business development increases a business’s success rate and improves its business performance. When Small Business Owners shift their business approach from default to design they feel confident and start to move their business toward excellence.
It’s only Human Nature…
I don’t know many people who like learning things that aren’t natural to them. during the past 20 years, I haven’t seen this change for Small Business Owners.
Human nature has a tendency to resist what it doesn’t like. I’ve seen this show up in many ways in businesses. Most commonly, there are business owners who don’t do their financial books, don’t build out the systems they need for their business to function appropriately, don’t do purpose-driven networking and social media, or avoid learning how to sell.
Human nature doesn’t necessarily support success – not personally nor professionally.
This is precisely why we have instruction, training, coaching, and teachers, mentors, or guides. Simply, to learn what doesn’t come naturally. Little humans, like infants and toddlers, don’t like wearing clothes; yet, we teach them to do so. Children don’t like studying; yet, we teach them. Adults don’t necessarily like schedules or commitments; yet, they adhere. Such examples demonstrate natural default versus design.
Are you Building a Business by Default or Design?
Now, this is where things get serious! I shared some examples of what the majority of Small Business Owners don’t do. These are essential activities to grow and sustain the business. Are you one of the Small Business Owners who resist?
Chances are you are resisting something and it is impeding upon your and your business’s success rate. I refer to this as default. Conversely, conducting your business by design means you are intentionally conducting business systems and activities to create the desired outcome.
Are you focusing on design?
The design focus approach is on your dream, your intentions, your plans, and your actions all working in unison to fulfill your desired outcome (intentions).
Design isn’t haphazard. Design requires Right Thoughts or a great deal of thinking to develop the vision to be a winning vision.
Your design must have a strategy, or plan, to couple Right Thoughts with Right Actions to successfully deliver the vision.
What are Right Thoughts and Right Actions?
Right Thoughts are all the thinking involved in discerning what will provide your favorable outcomes according to what you intend.
Right Actions are all the actions that align with your Right Thoughts to fulfill your intention.
CLUE: Business is a practice. You design it. If not, default it is being created. Ultimately, default creates those business monsters you’re tangling with on a daily basis.
Why is this important to know and practice?
NOTE: This is the Business Owners path…it’s similar to doctors and therapists, who have a practice and are serving their customers with the best practices they know at that given moment. Additionally, they must complete continuing education and research to stay current with the latest techniques and breakthroughs.
Doesn’t this sound similar to the dynamic business ownership of the 21st century?
Let me back up a bit…
For over a decade, I’ve been blogging about how to optimize business performance and leadership. Throughout this decade-long conversation, I’ve shared the importance of SELF-Leadership. I chose to write about it in Vol 5 of Brilliant Breakthroughs for the Small Business Owner in the #1 Bestselling Business Book Series for Small Business. I researched SELF-Leadership for over a decade – even wrote about it for my Master’s Thesis. It really boils down to (1) Identifying your Intention and (2) Defining your Action Plan to (3) Achieve Leadership Proficiency – but it isn’t about leading others. It’s about learning how to lead yourself first. This means being responsible and accountable to do and achieve what is necessary to advance. I call this our noble work.
Aligning Thoughts & Actions for a Dynamic Business Design
Let’s fast forward to March 2022. I had the opportunity to be in some particular training. Even though they don’t use these terms, I say it advances SELF-Leadership. The training and tools I’m referencing are through Becoming Your Best Global Leadership. I was surprised how they took best practices and synthesized them into one simplified process and tools to support their participants to become their best. I noticed a direct alignment between all my SELF-Leadership research and their training, which was delivered by a retired US Air Force Fighter Pilot, Rob Shallenberger.
Rob Shallenberger and his father wrote a great book, Do What Matters Most. It’s been one month since I took their training, I have two mantras running through my mind all day long, “By default or design” and “Am I doing what matters most?”
As I’m moving throughout my business day and my personal life, I continue to ask myself these questions, as if they are a guiding prompt. I invite you to do the same!
Here’s a Powerful Training for Simplifying Your Success
Wisconsin Business Owners is hosting a 1-hour training event for anyone who wants to learn how to Do What Matters Most. Our business partner, Becoming Your Best Global Leadership, will deliver their crystalized training and even ship your materials prior to the training session. I assure you, if you consistently practice their model, you will alter the trajection of your business and life.
Wisconsin Business Owners Co-Organizer Maggie Mongan is an author of this brilliant #1 Bestselling Small Business Book Series: “Brilliant Breakthroughs for the Small Business Owner: Fresh Perspectives on Profitability, People, Productivity, and Finding Peace in Your Business – Vol 5″ with 9 other Brilliant Practicing ExpertsTM who serve the Small Business Sector. A number of authors are also members and speaker alumni of Wisconsin Business Owners.
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Deadline to apply for Pandemic Relief Grants is June 7, 2021
Wisconsin Pandemic Relief Grants – The application deadline for the Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grant program is 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 7, 2021.
The Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grant program will award $420 million to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through a collaboration between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Department of Revenue (DOR). The new grants, which will be funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), are intended to support those businesses who were hardest hit by the pandemic and are key to Wisconsin making a strong recovery.
Grants of $5,000 are available through this program to Wisconsin businesses with more than $10,000 but less than $7 million annual revenues.
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Straight talk – constructive criticism – is welcome in the workplace and as a volunteer. As a matter of giving back, I did some community service organization volunteering. As my kids were growing up I did a fair share of volunteering. For my kids, whether for Scouts, Basketball, Baseball, Football or family outings, I figured that volunteering was a way to force myself to do the things with my kids that I wanted to do anyhow.
Whether as an employer, or a volunteer, a pet peeve of mine is the person who says, “someone, they asked me not to say who, didn’t like “x”.” The peeve is not with the messenger. My automatic responses are generally 1) what do you think? and 2) tell them if they have a concern, they should share it with me. I welcome constructive criticism. The way to deal with concerns is to make them explicit, to examine them, and to find resolution.
That matter of fact approach isn’t cold. It’s realistic. Complaining to someone who is not in a position to change what you’re complaining about is just complaining. Complaining to someone who is in a position to change what you’re complaining about – in as positive a manner as you can muster – is constructive criticism. Complaining in hopes of changing outcomes is the mature, thoughtful approach to take, in my opinion.
I was reminded of my pet peeve about (the lack of) constructive criticism when I saw the following TED for Work talk, The Secret to Giving Great Feedback.
Humans have been coming up with ways to give constructive criticism for centuries, but somehow we’re still pretty terrible at it. Cognitive psychologist LeeAnn Renniger shares a scientifically proven method for giving effective feedback.
As one of the Organizers of Wisconsin Business Owners, I welcome your constructive criticism. Use our contact page or call me…preferably after you’ve viewed the video above.
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