with Simplicity Expert, A.Michelle Blakeley
A little directed effort could go a long way. When you are focused on urgent, but not necessarily important tasks, it’s easy to get caught up in “firefighting” and tedious “busy work” leaving you no closer to achieving your objectives and meeting your goals.
Exercise good judgment and learn how to work with pragmatism. Your time and energy are limited; so you need to utilize them wisely and maximize the results of your combined efforts. Learn to use all of your resources and skills with efficiency for expedient results. As an entrepreneur, you cannot afford to dally around.
Mastering the techniques below, will give you an advantage over your competitors. They also strengthen you ability to identify and assess risks and opportunities quickly; two key elements to agile growth. Leverage your conduct, communications and connections.
Leverage your time
What’s the highest and best use of your time? How much further along would you be if you focus on the activities that bring you the biggest or best return? Stop avoiding the work that is necessary. “Eating the frog” (doing the difficult tasks first) only strengthens your confidence and resolve for when things don’t go your way. Also learn how to let go (but monitor) and delegate the work that keeps you from revenue generating tasks and direct contact with clients. NOTE: Learn how to hire for what others can contribute to your business development. Not everything can be found on a resume.
Leverage your skill and knowledge base
Newly acquired relevant knowledge can help you prune and do away with ineffective practices and implement fresh ideas and strategies. Learn. Tweak. Repeat. Businesses quickly become stagnate when owners refuse to welcome and accommodate new thoughts and concepts. How can you use your specific skills and knowledge to differentiate yourself from your competitors? Use your strengths to expand into new areas. Hone your skills, be the expert on what you know; but make sure you have access to wisdom in unfamiliar territories.
Leverage other people’s experiences
Who do you know who’s been where you are, but has transcended your current path and/or issues? Don’t reinvent the failure others. Learn from their errors and stories and put the information to productive use by making better and informed decisions and choices. The purpose of mentors and advisors is to help decrease your learning curve and minimize risks. Don’t waste their wisdom.
Leverage your sphere of influence
Less than six degrees of separation could be between you and your next big account or shifting into the next gear. Who do you already know who can bring you closer to the introduction you need? Your network helps determine how far away you are from your target. How you employ your network determines how long it will take you to get there or if you get there at all. Despite all of the advantages social media, nothing will ever replace the effectiveness of “face-to-face” contact and connections. Don’t use social media as a crutch, but use it as a stepping stone to advance your way to the people who can help you the most.
Efficiency and leverage could be what stands between you and growth or idleness. Knowing how and when to leverage your time, skills, resources and network can provide you with a successful and scalable business model. In an ever-changing market, sometimes you need to get further, faster. Give your actions power by leveraging the energy and effort you put into them. Even controlled chaos is better than aimless efforts.
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Simplicity expert and Micro Business Therapist™, A.Michelle Blakeley helps entrepreneurs align their purpose and principles with their business practices for agile growth. Connect with her on Twitter at @simplicityinc or check out her online magazine, Micro Business Therapy