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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.

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 098: Why SMEs Need A Strategic Plan

Hugo Heij and Andy Sleet explore the importance of strategic planning and how business owners can plan for new opportunities and unexpected disruptors.

Read the article here.

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Book: Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, written by General Stanley McChrystal.

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How to Work Smarter Not Harder

Continuous learning is about the expansion of skills and knowledge. Technology is changing the business environment at an ever-increasing rate so continuous learning is essential to remaining relevant and avoiding the situation where a particular role becomes redundant. To remain relevant, we need to respond to these changes.

In business today, there is a growing culture of ‘investing in people,’ rather than hiring new people, not only as a cost saving but also to develop and retain talent. Continuous learning should be a personal responsibility, but as a business owner and employer, it’s important to provide employees with training and learning opportunities. This enables your team to be able to respond to your business’s evolving needs, and also keeps employees feeling engaged and valued.

Related blog: Three reasons we should never stop learning…

In Stephen Covey’s book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,' he discusses “sharpening the saw.” Often, business owners try to work harder or for longer hours, but the real solution is to “sharpen the saw” – focus on continuous personal development.

Learning from thought leaders

Having recently returned from the Gazelles annual summit in Texas, Andy Sleet shares some key highlights from the speakers from the three-day event:

  • Robert Cialdini – Pre-Suasion. In his new book, Cialdini shares the art of opening the door ready for persuasion. He delves into how to influence appeal and how to effectively deliver a concept's appeal.
  • Michael Bungay Stanier – Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead forever – Michael shares how to lead your team and achieve employee buy in, in order to get your team actively strive to achieve your goals.
  • Chris Zook – The Founder’s Mentality: How to Overcome the Predictable Crises of Growth. In his book, Zook shares seven proven tools and ideals to help sustainably grow your business.

Although thought leaders are a great source of knowledge and can provide an insight into new theories and ideas, it’s important to remember that just because it’s written in a book, doesn’t mean that it’s fact. The best way to use this type of learning it to take the key learnings and apply them to your existing knowledge – this will help develop and grow your own opinions and thoughts.

Related blog: Fact or Opinion?

Peer-to-peer learning

Another form of learning is from peer to peer. The power of this type of learning can be underestimated, but there is so much that can be learnt from others that have similar ambitions and goals. Joining a diverse group of business owners can provide the opportunity to learn, be challenged and share experiences and perspectives.

For most businesses, growth, profitability and sustainability are an everyday challenge. Peer-to-peer sharing, support, advice and perspective can be the most effective way to overcome these challenges. As business owners, we need to find ways to share with and learn from our peers and build strong support networks.

Contact us if you'd like to find out about our business community.

Andy Sleet and Hugo Heij discuss this topic in more detail on the Fluid Business Podcast, listen below:

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FBP 091: Scale your business with Andy Sleet – Certified Gazelles Coach

Having recently achieved the Gazelles Coaching Certification, Andy Sleet talks through the framework including the Four Decisions – People, Strategy, Execution and Cash. These components are the recipe for scaling up high-growth businesses and achieving balanced business growth.

Andy is now certified alongside Peter Boolkah, making Fluid Business Coaching the only Gazelles Certified Business Coaching Practice in the UK.

To find out more about each of the four decisions, listen to:

FBP 054: Scaling Up – People with Peter Boolkah

FBP 055: Scaling Up – Strategy with Peter Boolkah

FBP 056: Scaling Up – Execution with Peter Boolkah

FBP 057: Scaling Up – Cash with Peter Boolkah

Read more here.

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Andy Sleet achieves Gazelles International Certification

 

We’re proud to announce that Fluid Business Coach, Andy Sleet, successfully achieved Gazelles International Certification in April this year. Andy is now one of only six Gazelles International coaches in the UK, joining fellow Fluid Business Coach Peter Boolkah. Andy’s certification means that Fluid Business Coaching is the only Gazelles Certified Business Coaching practice in the UK.

Gazelles International is a worldwide coaching association that uses the using the Four DecisionsTM as the framework for growth. The Four Decisions are based around People, Strategy, Execution and Cash. These Four Decisions are the foundation for scaling up high-growth businesses and achieving balanced growth.

To find out more about each of the Four Decisions, click here.

Certified Coaches are able to assist their clients to implement the Four Decisions framework and One-Page Strategic Plan to align and focus them to achieve their goals. Andy’s expertise enable him to coach SME business owners and leaders to accelerate growth and get real results.

Within the Levels Framework, the Gazelles ‘toolbox' is usually used to grow businesses from a Level 3 to a Level 5 business. On Episode 091 of the Fluid Business Podcast, Andy explains how it can be used to grow Level 1/2 businesses that are ready and willing to approach high growth.

Ray Moore interviews Andy Sleet about his Gazelles Certification, listen below.

Andy has over 25 years of experience working within a corporate environment and has extensive experience of managing large teams. Before becoming a Business Coach, Andy owned a successful construction business, which means he understands the challenges that business owners face. If you’d like to find out how Andy can help your business, book a free one-hour taster session.

 

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FBP 077: Are Your Systems Holding You Back?

In this episode of the Fluid Business Podcast Andy Sleet and Ray Moore discuss the internal and external influences on your business’s systems. The emergence of new technology accelerates the pace of change. But, have you considered how internal systems could be holding your business back?

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FBP 064: The Structure of Business with Andy Sleet

 

In episode 064 of the Fluid Business Podcast Andy Sleet discusses the structure of business. Do you struggle with enough hours in the day? Listen to this episode to find out what you could be doing differently.

 

Special Announcement – the Fluid Business Podcast is going on a short hiatus whilst we are working on something exciting to bring to you. We will be back with you shortly.

 

 

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FBP 062: Who Are the Keepers of Your Culture?

Have you ever worked with companies where you walked into the reception and they had these words behind the desk; words like trust, respect, integrity, or maybe in their brochures or on the website?

Then when you started working with them you were wondering, “What do these words mean?” Because none of the actions that the companies were doing in the relationship with you showed those values.

Maybe your company is the same?

Maybe years ago you came up with some culture points for your company. Maybe you did a core value exercise and now years on, maybe you don't feel like it anymore.

That means that your actions are not aligned with the words that you have on your website, with the words that you have in your brochure. That means that the people are going to see something different from what you want them to see, which means you are not aligned with your own values.

How do you deal with this?

Well, there's a couple of things that you need to be absolutely clear about;

The first step is, of course, to review those values from time to time; are your actions aligned with the culture, with the values, with the rules of the game?

First of all, you need to find out if you still believe in those rules, in those values because you didn't even come up with them.

Maybe you thought that you needed to have those because you read it in a book!

First of all, you need to revisit from time to time to establish if those values are actually describing you because only then your actions can be aligned with what you say they are.

Over the years, as a business coach, I have worked with many companies just addressing this issue.

I worked with a managing director, a business owner and he clearly was not aligned with the core values that he once came up with.

When we did the exercise to find out what really rocked his boat, what really drove him, we got those values clear and it was much easier for him to align his actions with those values.

What we saw was that in the rest of the company people started to believe in those values.

  • That was what they could sign up to.
  • That was what they could buy into.
  • The atmosphere in the company got much better.

Productivity went up and eventually, of course, that led to improved profitability.

I am sure that you can relate to this in your business and I can assure you that problem will not go away by itself, so if you want some help overcoming this problem, become productive and get more profitable, book in a free 1-hour coaching call and see how we can help you to overcome this problem.

To your success!

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FBP 057: Scaling Up – Cash with Peter Boolkah

Episode 057 is the final instalment in the Scaling Up series with Peter Boolkah. During the series we are covering the 4 major decisions every business must get right, according to the popular business book Scaling Up by Verne Harnish. This episode covers cash.

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FBP 056: Scaling Up – Execution with Peter Boolkah

Episode 056 is the third part in the 4-part series Scaling Up with Peter Boolkah. During the series we are covering the 4 major decisions every business must get right, according to the popular business book Scaling Up by Verne Harnish. This episode covers execution. The next decision is ‘Cash,' click here.

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