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What makes a good week at work?

What would you consider a good week at work? In business there are natural ‘laws’ that impact our businesses. One that has a daily impact is that ‘nature abhors a vacuum*’, the ‘universal law’ that says an empty or unfilled space is unnatural and so there will always be an tendency to fill the void.

Let’s look at couple of common examples of its impact on management in business.
What happens if no one sets a team their priority? Well, this is where the ‘universal law’ applies straight away. Without guidance from the management of the company, individuals and teams will fill any void by setting their own priorities, creating a breeding ground for ‘productive avoidance'. With everyone singing from different hymn sheets, there is very little chance of the business achieving the outcomes required by the business owner.
The crucial role of any manager is to identify key priorities and then clearly communicate and agree goals with individuals and teams that are aligned to meet those key priorities.  This ensures the business has focus and avoids the tangled mess that follows when everyone is setting their own agendas.

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Understand how to get balanced growth in your business

Understand what differentiates a successful growing business from an out of balance stressed business to get massive results.

In a given situation what will have the most significant impact on the profitability of your business.

For many small and medium sized business (SME) that factor is the experience of the business owner.

Is your experience the key to balanced growth in your business or is there another factor which when applied will springboard your business to the next Level?

From working with hundreds of successful SME business owners over the last fifteen years the key, the Multiplying (X) Factor, is UNDERSTANDING.

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Throwback Thursday FBP 066: Who is Controlling Your Time?

This week, we're throwing it back to episode 066 where Ray Moore and Andy Sleet discuss who is controlling your time? Ray and Andy look at who is setting the priorities in your business and those of your team. Surely the answer should be you. However external factors, such as email are often controlling your time more than you may think.

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When your SME experience will let you down

In the life of every small or medium sized business (SME) there will be events that the owner has not encountered before.

My SME experience didn't ready me for this!Here's a quick look at five of the common one-off business events where relying on past experience may jeopardise the future of an SME.

I regularly speak to SME owners who have successfully built their business over 10, 20, 30 or 40 years.

Rightly proud of their success they feel that they have seen it all and can rely on their experience to successfully face the future.

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How to find more time and take the pressure off yourself

The biggest cause of stress for owners of SMBs (small and medium sized businesses) is time pressures. There just aren’t enough hours in the day! If only you could find more time, how much easier would your working life be?

Unfortunately, we can't ‘find more time' out of nowhere and when the business is busy and all the employees are under pressure, no one has time to take any of the pressure off the owner. The fear of taking on extra costs and the desire to ‘squeeze the pips’ before an investment, results in the owner accepting the stress.

In this competitive world, it’s what has to be done right?

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Throwback Thursday FBP 127 repost: Why should your customers buy from you?

Why should your customers buy from you?

Products and services are now more easily available than ever. From giant chains taking over the high street to online shopping at our disposal, keeping your customers loyal is a vital part of running your business. Giving them a reason to come back to you when there are so many options out there can be tricky but Ray Moore and Andy Sleet discuss the best way to achieve this in our 127th podcast. Reposted due to popular demand!



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3 simple steps to improve team performance

In sport, every player must truly understand their role and responsibilities in creating a successful and effective team. It quickly becomes obvious when a player does not understand their role when they begin playing out of position or not performing effectively – we usually see the immediate impact of this on the score board!

Improve team performance with these simple steps

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Grow Your Business and Avoid Getting Stuck in a Rut – Podcast with Peter Boolkah

This week, we're taking a look back at one of our earlier podcasts with Peter Boolkah. Peter discusses how to turn things around if you want to grow your business but are stuck in a rut. He also talks through common mistakes people make when trying to grow their businesses.

When starting a business it can be exciting and your motivation is likely to be sky high. However, as time passes and you're facing the ups and downs of business life, it can become frustrating if you don't see the growth you're working towards.

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FBP 133: Staying Relevant in a Changing Business Environment – Back to Basics

Ray Moore is back on the Fluid Business Podcast’s Back to Basics series! This week Ray explains why business owners can’t wait for change to happen. To stay successful, business owners need to proactively adapt to the environment and be fully aware of industry trends.

Read Ray's article on why businesses need to adapt.

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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Don’t lose sight of your end goal

One of the most challenging things for business owners is to grow their mindset along side their business – transitioning from the ‘Worker’ mindset to the ‘Owner’ mindset.

Ray Moore categorises the different mindsets as the ‘hats’ the business owner wears. There are five hats that, these are:

Worker – Gets on with daily work tasks and activities – doing the do!

Supervisor – Delegates activities to others. Sets and aligns the priorities to achieve the plan. Also gets on with their ‘real work’ – doing the do.

Manager – Agrees milestones (budgets, plans, targets etc.) with the Director and delegates tasks to others in order to achieve the plan. In addition, they get on with their ‘real work’ – doing the do!

Director – Sets the direction of the business that will achieve the objectives set by the owner. They set and agree the Managers goals to ensure they are aligned and regularly monitor the progress against agreed milestones. In addition, they have their own priorities, which they see as their ‘real work.’

Owner – Sets the objectives of the business (the End in Mind). They inspire and enrol the Directors and ensure the direction set is aligned to the vision, then regularly monitor progress against the plan. In addition, they set their own priorities and spend a proportion of time getting on with what they see as their ‘real work.’

Which hat do you wear the most in your business?

In large corporations, job roles are often more defined and there is a clearer hierarchy. People are more likely to spend the most time wearing the hat that corresponds with their job title.

However, things are different in SMEs. The lines are blurred around roles and titles and the business owner is likely to wear many of the hats, from Worker to Director – and they probably change hats many times a day!

The key to successfully transitioning through the Levels and growing your business, lies in the proportion of time you spend wearing each hat. Getting too comfortable wearing the wrong hat is a real danger to your business and business growth, and can result in your business becoming short sighted.

In the definition of each hat, you’ll see that they all have ‘real work’ to get on with. Don’t lose sight of the end goal for your business, whether its security or freedom. The only way to reach it is by changing the way you think. And, if you don’t, you’ll be stuck in the daily grind forever.

Based on Ray Moore's second book: Can YOU Step Up To The Growth Challenge?

Ray Moore and Andy Sleet cover this topic in more detail on the Fluid Business Podcast, listen below: