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FBP 140: Stop relying on experience to take your business forward

How much do you rely on your business experience? What would happen is something happened that was outside your comfort zone? Ray Moore and Andy Sleet cover the six occasions where your business ownership experience may not be enough.

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FBP 138: 10 Habits of Hugely Successful Business Owners – Back to Basics

This week business coach and expert in rapid growth, Peter Boolkah, discusses the Rockefeller Habits. These are the ten habits of the successful businessman, J.D. Rockefeller, founder of the Standard Oil Company. Find out how the Rockefeller Habits help businesses achieve business growth.

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FBP 137: From Worker to Owner – The critical mindset change

This week Ray Moore looks back at an earlier Podcast – Where’s the Captain? Think of your role as business owner as the captain of a large ship. You would expect a ship’s captain to spend most of their time on the bridge, where they have the best visibility. Ray Moore and Andy Sleet explain how this corresponds to your role as business owner and why your mindset must change as your business grows.

Read more on Ray Moore’s blog for SMEs: www.thelevelsblog.com/wheres-the-captain/

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FBP 135: How To Find Your Future Leaders – Back to Basics

How do you identify the leaders of the future and how can you give them the opportunity to grow? Ray reflects on his own personal story of the opportunity he was given to achieve his potential.

As part of the Back to Basics series, Ray and Andy discuss recognising potential and then how to leverage it to really develop the next generation of leaders.

Read more on The Levels Blog: http://www.thelevelsblog.com/give-them-room-to-grow/

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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.

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FBP 132: Three Reasons Why You Haven’t Got Enough Time – Back to Basics

Do you feel that there are never enough hours in the day? It’s a common issue for business owners and often a symptom of wider problem. Expert Business Coach, Peter Boolkah, delves into three of the main causes of this, which are communication, wearing too many ‘hats,’ and systems.

This podcast is part of our Back to Basics series and you can find all the episodes on the Back to Basics Soundcloud playlist.

Read more on The Levels Blog.

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FBP 130: What’s Holding Your Business Back?

You’ve grown your business to its current size, but now you’ve hit a wall. What’s your next move?

In this episode, Peter Boolkah helps you to identify which area of your business is stuck and how to fix it. Peter also discusses some of the common excuses and mistakes that people make and how to avoid getting stuck on business growth.

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FBP 127: Why should your customers buy from you?

What makes your business different from your competitors? Knowing your business’ unique difference gives you an understanding of why your customers buy from you. Using Starbucks as an example, Ray and Andy explain that people don’t just go for the coffee, it’s a comfy meeting place with Wifi. In this episode, Ray and Andy share how to learn why your customers buy from you.

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FBP 125: Transitioning from Worker to Owner Mindset

One of the most challenging things facing the founder or owner of a growing business is the change in mindset to transition from a worker to an owner. Ray Moore and Andy Sleet discuss some of the ‘hats’ business owners need to wear – from work and supervisor to director and owner. In this episode, Ray and Andy will also get you to think about where your value is in the business and how to maximise this.

Build on concepts covered in Ray Moore’s second book: Can YOU Step Up to the Growth Challenge?

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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: