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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

It’s that time of year again and we’re starting to feel festive!

For the first 12 days of December, we’ll be giving away a whole range of business-growth tools to help you and your business become the best in 2018. The grand total of all the prizes we’re giving away is £4,000!

Each day we’ll tell you how to enter and you’ll be in the draw to win a whole range of prizes, absolutely free! To receive daily updates, simply follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook, or alternatively you can register for email updates below.

On the first day of Christmas (December 1), we’ll be giving away 25 free copies of Ray Moore’s first book: Can Your Business Step Up To The Growth Challenge? (RRP £11.99). Registration opens at 9 am and will be open to all small business owners based in the UK.

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Growing a Business: The Four Drivers

Business owners often believe that by investing more time and hard work, their business will continue to grow. But unfortunately (or fortunately!) that’s not the reality of business growth.

Sheer hard work and investing all the hours of the day into the business will help you to grow your business in the early days. But, as the saying goes; what got you here won’t get you there!

The reality of business growth is periods of growth, followed by a plateau, which is a cycle that repeats over time – this is the Levels Framework for growth.

Start-up businesses can often grow through a couple of plateaus quickly, but can end up falling into the trap of becoming stuck on a plateau for a long period of time and the business owner tends to accept that the business has grown as much as it can.

The drivers

There are four drivers that are active in every business, these are:

  • Time
  • Team
  • Money
  • Delivery

During periods of growth, one or more of these drivers will go out of balance. For example, you might be so busy with orders and running the business that you don’t have enough time to fully train your team. That results in the delivery of your service slipping and customers become unhappy. So you end up loosing customers and money and the drivers naturally rebalance on the plateau.

When the business reaches a plateau, each of the four drivers are balanced. When a business grows and the drivers go out of balance, it’s common for the business owner to feel out of control and often the business forced down to the level (or plateau) below.

Growing a business

Sometimes a business will grow and become larger in size, but they make less money than when they were smaller. It’s a common symptom of businesses that have failed to set the business up for growth. The business’ infrastructure and team isn’t ready to undertake a period of intense growth. ‘Setting out the stall' is covered in much further detail here.

Achieving a balanced business is so important for success and work for everyone involved. The business owner will have more time, the right people will be doing the right things, there will be more cash and customers will be better serviced.

 

If you think you’re up for the challenge, join our 10-day business growth programme! Ray Moore goes through how to balance each of the drivers in further detail. It’s available for FREE at www.fluidbusinessacademy.com.

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FBP 120: The four drivers of business growth

In this episode of the Fluid Business Podcast, Ray Moore and Andy Sleet are talking about the pattern of business growth.

Listen as Ray explains why businesses don’t grow in a straight line and why it actually involves a series of growth and plateau. Ray and Andy explain the role the four drivers play in business growth.

Our team of professional business coaches share their expert knowledge and experience every single week, empowering you, the business owner, to develop and grow your business the right way.

Join us as we cover core subjects areas in our unique and relaxed way, including: Rapid Growth, Family Business, Team, Efficiency and so much more.

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FBP 119: Back to Basics: The power of true clarity

Following our ‘Accounts: Debunked’ webinar, Ray and Andy are on the podcast discussing the meaning of ‘debunked’ and what’s next in the series. Ray introduces Management: Debunked, where he’ll be joining HR expert Paula Fisher for a two-part interview.

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Find out more about the speakers and the topics to be covered.

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How to get those moments of clarity

You may have recently seen our Accounts: Debunked webinar, but what does ‘debunked’ actually mean? 

Let’s start with a definition.

Debunked means to cut through the ‘rubbish’ and get to the core of the subject. It's about removing the confusing jargon and acronyms to help you build a true understanding of the foundations of the subject.

As a business owner, you may find that you are hugely successful at what you do. But, you don’t really understand why; what do you do differently to everyone else?

This often occurs when we don’t truly understand a particular experience. When trying to explain what we do to other people, we can’t see why they don’t understand. To us it’s just ‘common sense’ and it can be hard realise that the real problem lies in our own blind areas.

That’s why we’re running a series of webinars and interviews ‘debunking’ different areas of small business. We started with ‘Accounts.’ Ray Moore explained each key areas of accounts that business owners ‘need’ to know and understand to get clear and deeper understanding.

What's next?

Now, we’re excited to announce that we’re teaming up with Paula Fisher, Founder of Practical HR, to produce a two-part webinar interview series – Management: Debunked. Paula has more than 30 years of HR expertise and, alongside Ray Moore, will be covering:

  • Employment law
  • Hiring and firing
  • Home-grown managers
  • Developing the leaders of the future
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Ray Moore is on the Fluid Business Podcast with Andy Sleet discussing the DEBUNKED series in more detail. Listen below, or head over to Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.

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FBP 118: Leadership: How do others view you?

Have you ever met someone that you didn’t connect with, but you’re not sure why? Well, that’s your inbuilt ‘Congruency Meter’ measuring character and charisma and helping you form an impression of someone.

On this episode of the Fluid Business Podcast, Ray and Andy discuss how this impacts leadership and why character and charisma are major influences on your leadership success.

More on this topic is available on the Levels Blog.

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FBP 117: Making Business Decisions: It’s Your Choice

In this episode of the Fluid Business Podcast, Andy Sleet and Ray Moore discuss why business owners can struggle to make business decisions. Learn why you always have a choice and by avoiding making a decision is your choice to remain the same.

Read more on The Levels Blog: http://www.thelevelsblog.com/at-the-end-of-the-day-its-your-choice/

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FBP 116: Team Communication: Understanding the hidden barrier

Business Coaches Ray Moore and Andy Sleet are on this episode of the Fluid Business Podcast exploring why team communication often fails. Missed deadlines and targets are the result of this hidden barrier to effective communication in your business. Tune in to find out more.

Read more on The Levels Blog: www.thelevelsblog.com/heres-how-to-g…ion-in-a-team/

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FBP 115: Solve Problems, Not Symptoms

When an issue arises in business, we’re very quick to look for a solution. But how often do we take a helicopter view so that we can get to the root cause of the issue? Ray Moore and Andy Sleet are on the Fluid Business Podcast discussing why ‘quick fixes’ won’t help your business in the long term.

Read more on the Levels Blog: www.thelevelsblog.com/time-to-take-t…licopter-view/

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Check out the other episodes in our ‘Business Efficiency' playlist.

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FBP 114: How your ego could kill business

Could ego be one of the biggest barriers to business longevity and success? Ray Moore and Andy Sleet discuss why our own egos can become a huge barrier to change and result in stagnant business growth or failure.

Read more: www.thelevelsblog.com/when-does-ego-…siness-growth/

Our team of professional business coaches share their expert knowledge and experience every single week, empowering you, the business owner, to develop and grow your business the right way.

Join us as we cover core subjects areas in our unique and relaxed way, including: Rapid Growth, Family Business, Team, Efficiency and so much more.