It’s a well known fact that most businesses never achieve their full potential. A high percentage of start ups will fail during the first few years, but those that do continue will often reach a plateau and stay there, not really growing as the years go by. So what is it that’s holding them back?
Well, in some cases, the business owner just doesn’t want to grow the business, or doesn’t know how to. Other possibilities are that they aren’t able to access the finance to enable them to grow, they don’t have the competitive advantage enjoyed by other businesses, or they lack the resources.
As a business owner, the task of managing a team can completely take over your week. Dealing with day to day issues and niggles can drain your time, affect productivity and efficiency, and leave you feeling like you’re constantly firefighting. Read the rest of this entry »
Many businesses, regardless of their size, sector or maturity, are not achieving the success they could, simply because their teams are not performing to their full potential. This is no different to what happens in sporting teams. Just look at the England Men’s Football or Cricket teams – there is so much potential out on the field, yet the performance that is delivered often is woefully below our expectations. Read the rest of this entry »
Growing your workforce can be one of the most challenging aspects of running a business, and to be honest, I see more business owners who have got it wrong than have got it right. In fact, many business owners have actually given up trying to grow their teams altogether! Unfortunately, their past mistakes with recruitment have cost them so much time, money and effort that they can’t face going through the process again. Read the rest of this entry »
There is one fact in business that is always true, no matter what business you are in: you will never build a great business all on your own. The bigger and better the business you want to build, the bigger and better the team you will need around you. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m sure that most people reading this article know somebody who has cringe worthy tales of a nightmarish boss, or you may even have had the misfortune to work for one yourself. Though in retrospect we can (normally) laugh about it, at the time it was probably an uncomfortable and demoralising experience. Read the rest of this entry »
ActionCOACH Solent MD Kevin Stansfield was recently interviewed on local radio station 103.9 Voice FM by Xan Phillips for their business programme. In the interview, Kevin recommends 3 books that all business owners should read. Among the topics discussed are how to manage your team, making the most of your time, what it takes to be a true entrepreneur and the importance of maintaining a healthy cash flow.
To listen to the interview, just click here.
In this video, Business Coach Kevin Stansfield explains how you can use behavioural profiling to help you get the right person for the role when recruiting.
If you’d like some more information on recruiting, have a look at our guide to a great recruitment process here.
Claire Hartnell, Director of CJ Garden Services Ltd, had been slowly growing her garden maintenance and clearance business since its inception in 2001, but 13 years in, had no real plan for how to propel the business forward. As Claire explained, “we’d never had any formal business training and really needed some expert advice.”
In 1994, Steve McNamara had a vision to provide audio visual solutions for conferences, exhibitions and corporate events. He saw there was a gap in the market for providing not only the equipment, but also the technical support and crew to install and operate it, and so Projected Image Ltd was born. Having got to a certain point however, Steve, with his background as a technician, identified the need for a business mentor to help him to grow the business. Read the rest of this entry »