Today I was ready to post another blog on leadership, however after the events of the past week or so it seemed - well rather lame. The world seems in turmoil and it has been interesting to watch the unfolding, mainly on social media, over the last few days.
love the All Blacks - always been a bit of a fan. (understatement of the week) And this rugby world cup has made me even more of a zealous supporter if that is possible- and not only because of their skills, which are indeed 'alright (Note the Steve Hansen-ism there) - its the way they have conducted themselves on and off the pitch that has me in awe, the leadership of this team has been, well - outstanding.
Simplicity is underrated. While we are swirling in World Cup euphoria, with emotive headlines, outlandish stories, subterfuge, skulduggery, brilliance and hilariousness - its so easy to be carried way by it all and forget what its all about
I saw something today as I was procrastinating this by scrolling through Facebook, something attributed to Richard Branson - (and I have no idea if they were his words - after all you can't believe everything you read can you???) but they hit a chord
'Clients do not come first - employees come first. If you take care of your employees they will take care of the clients.'
You come up with this idea - it comes out of no-where seemingly, and it lights you up like the September Christmas Tree in the local shops, and you feel INSPIRED! It feels amazing that you want to run around in circles and grab anyone that will listen to tell them about this incredible thing!
Its not your business, I said to her, and actually its also none of your business.
Oh - she said.
Its difficult when you live in your own skin to get outside and get a perspective. Because you hang around with yourself for a good deal of the time, remembering what your superpowers are, can be difficult. And yet these are the very things you need to be polishing up for show regularly so you can attract the right people who need your help.
Have you ever sat down and contemplated this? And even scribbled stuff down about it? What would your answer be?
Its a big question - and really important for the foundation and direction of your business.
Are you living your dream? Are you working in the thing that makes you skip and dance inside? Good. It makes living a fabulous life so much easier.
Oh but you aren't? How come you aren't smiling? You aren't working your dream - do you need to sort an exit plan? Or do you need to make some tweaks because you used to feel the magic - and lately, well not so much.
What are your competitors up to - and should you really care?
I say no. Its none of your business. All that marketing stuff about who are your competitors and what are they doing - its bull**it. It really is none of your business- or put another way - it has nothing to do with your business.
Oh my word its been months (eek) since I have written - and what a topic today. I struggle with this all the time- consistently writing a blog to share. Sitting down to type something on the blank page. Every Tuesday
I think what most people crave today is connection. Being part of our community
In the humdrum of your day as you go along in your business - have you ever stopped and think - wow where am I? You suddenly look at what the competition is doing, think - gee things have got a bit quiet -(cue a dollop of fear) - MAYBE I should be doing a bit more of what they are doing... ? You get the speed wobbles and panic
Yesterday I was at an event - RISE for women in business, and heard some amazing women speak. (www.riseevents.co.nz) .
The overall theme was 'digital disruption' and how it affects our lives. But what they were really talking about I think was engagement.
Have you ever walked into a store and felt like you didn't belong? Or that the outside promised more than the service inside? Or maybe it was the other way around - I remember meeting a very smart IT person, who actually spoke IT in my everyday language without making me feel like a complete moron
Ugh - I wont do it. I have hated it all my selling life - I hated it when I was a fledging sales person and I hate it now 27 years later. I REFUSE. Here I am trying different ways to get myself out there - and people kindly offer advice - well you will have to get on the phone and call people. Get your cold call list out. No. I. wont.
Hard is not a reason - writes the fab Alexandra Franzen www.alexandrafranzen.com - she is talking about Airdyne bikes (I had to click on the link to see what they were) well she is and she is obviously writing about so much more...
I like this word - a lot. It grounds me when I am racing, it reminds me when I get overwhelmed and it guides me when I am teaching.
In honour of Dr Seuss's birthday I am going to borrow one of his (many) fabulous quotes
'Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple'
Often I wrangle with questions around my business, like which direction to go in, am I targeting the right people, following dead ends and knotted lines, when the answer so often lies in simplicity. Simplicity is hard.
I have been busy lately being part of a very cool team giving workshops to other businesses. And it FUN! I get such a kick out of the way eyes light up when people get the stuff you are talking about.
One thing that has become very apparent to me is that marketing is a hard sell.