A Message From Howard
CEOs, Presidents and Business Owners:
Your business success is determined every single day. Business success doesn’t take place because of a good or even a bad marketplace. It takes place because of you. You’re the one that has worked through the difficulties and slogged through the challenges of your business. But one day something happens in your business that…
If you are a CEO, president or business owner you are in business to:
- Make a profit
- Strategically improve and grow your business
The question is how do you, on a consistent basis, get new business ideas to achieve your business goals, objectives and plans?
Answer: The same way I get ideas for my daily radio show.
I am now into the fourth year of broadcasting the Talk Business With Howard internet radio show on the Blog Talk Radio network (as well as on iTunes). The 5 minute format is reminiscent of the Paul Harvey radio shows featuring a different business topic along with life observations and thought leadership perspective to help CEOs, president and business owners improve and grow business. It airs Monday thru Friday.
Business people often ask me how day after day, week after week, I come up with new ideas and titles for the radio show.
Here’s how (and it will work for your business too):
In fact, just listen to this radio show by clicking on the play arrow (it’s only 5 minutes) for more information on how to get new ideas to improve your business and increase business profits:
Remember: Always look to your thinking to improve your business in order for it to become more profitable. Observe what is going on around you daily. Business success begins with how you think.
- Opening up your mind. Having an awareness about what is and is not happening.
- Gaining the necessary business knowledge to make the right business decisions for you and your company.
- Understanding business is about people – employees, customers, vendors, service providers.
- Listening, an essential business success skill.
When you incorporate the points listed above you will always be inspired by new business ideas to improve your business and increase business profits. The added benefit will be less business stress!
To your business success!
The Talk Business With Howard radio show airs Monday thru Friday. You can listen live or anytime on Blog Talk Radio. Or, if you prefer, listen to the show on iTunes. Thank you for listening to Talk Business With Howard radio.
Do you remember the story (that was actually a fable) of the Dutch boy who stuck his finger in the dyke where it was leaking and saved the country of Holland from disaster? If the boy hadn’t put his finger in the dyke the water would have continued to flow. The hole would have continued to get bigger and bigger till the dyke would have collapsed. That one tiny finger on that brave little boy saved everything.
If you follow pro football then you know that in the front line, the linemen are really important as they protect the critical position of the team’s quarterback. The last thing any team wants is to have the quarterback get injured. So if there is a position in the front line that’s not working the team needs to plug the hole to make sure the quarterback is protected.
For business success on a consistent basis, you need to plug the holes!
You need to say to yourself:
- Where are the holes?
- In the overall business?
- In my position of leadership within the company?
- What’s not working?
- What needs to change?
- What, if not given the necessary attention, will only get to be a bigger and bigger issue till it becomes a huge problem to deal with?
- What issues, if addressed now rather than later, can be easily managed and make the company a better place to work at or to buy from?
As the CEO, president, founder or business owner of the company ask additional questions, such as:
- Does the company have the right marketing message?
- Has the company website been updated lately? Is it mobile friendly?
- Does the company have the right employees in the right positions?
- Is customer service the very best it can be?
If you don’t identify and plug the holes any one of these holes – or others- can keep you and the business in a position of failing – which is exactly what you don’t want to do. This requires a lot of objectivity and time to really think things through. Don’t do anything in a hasty manner. You want to be pro-active not reactive.
Every day you work at improving the things that are working. Now you need to work at improving upon the things that aren’t working.
So let’s get things done. If it’s working: great! Let’s make it happen.
If it’s not working, why isn’t it working? What needs done to get it humming along like other things are in the business?
Remember: Every single thing you do during your business day is important to your success and the company’s success. If something isn’t right, and you know it isn’t right, let’s take care of it and make it right.
Every day to maximize business success ask: Where are the holes that need to be plugged?
Keep a list. Not just in your head but write it down so you can easily refer to it and check off the items as the holes get plugged. You’ll have a sense of accomplishment and a better run business.
This blog post also appeared on Linked Into Business.
It’s already well into the second month of 2015.
2015 is flying by fast!
Ask yourself this question: What do you want out of this year?
Yes, from a personal viewpoint. But more importantly, from a business perspective.
No matter what you may list as your answers I am certain you want:
1) Your company to be profitable so you can make more money
2) To be successful at what you do
3) To stand out from everyone else in order to achieve the other two.
Have you ever noticed how most people, including CEOs, presidents and business owners, often just follow the herd?
They do what other people do. If it’s the latest mobile phone, they have to have it. If it’s the latest fashion, they have to have it. If a movie is receiving a lot of buzz, they have to see it. People want to follow what everyone else is doing. Yet to attain your business goals means standing out from the herd.
On your LinkedIn profile, you may follow successful business people that are considered influencers. Some of these people would be considered geniuses at what they do and have achieved such as Richard Branson, Jeff Weiner, Tony Hsieh, Bill Gates, to name a few.
Whether it’s an influencer you follow on LinkedIn or someone in your neighborhood that you know has reached the heights of success, what you’re going to find is that they don’t follow what is referred to as “conventional wisdom”. They don’t follow the herd. They’re business rebels with a vision to make the world a better place. In order to do that, they have to do it their way.
Success means having a positive mental attitude. Right? That’s what we often hear – in order to achieve your goals you have to have a positive mental attitude.
But is a positive mental attitude always what’s best for business success?
Napoleon Hill’s classic book, Think and Grow Rich, or anything by Dale Carnegie, for example, have continued to be business resources for decades. What they write about is absolutely correct. You do have to have a positive mental attitude. BUT you also have to have the other side of it.
If you only have a positive mental attitude and you only see everything as just great chances are you’re not going to be as successful as you would like in business. You need to look at the other side of whatever it may be. You need to take the negative and take a more positive approach with it.
When you go to work each morning, take a moment to pause before you reach the door.
- How do I feel about being here today?
- What’s on the agenda today?
- What’s working well?
- What’s not working not so well?
- What do I need to update or change?
- What do I need to pay attention to?
If you’re not paying attention to the negative, as well as the positive, you won’t be as successful as you would like.
Remember: It’s the negative that will jump right up and bite you.
When it does bite, it’s guaranteed to hurt!
Business success is about how you think about your work, your company and what goes on around you every day.
Business is about so many things you need to pay attention to every day – and that’s really the secret, isn’t it? Paying attention to what’s going on; paying attention to what’s not working. Paying attention to what’s going on inside of yourself – because business is about you and the people you interact with or influence.
So you may think you’re superhuman. Put in long hours at work. Dedicate yourself to what you do. But it’s difficult to always be aware of yourself.
It may sound negative but have you slipped up a bit in some way?
How much rest do you get?
What are you eating or drinking throughout the day?
Who do you allow to influence you?
You need to take both parts of the equation, the positive and the negative. Put them together and work towards the best business year ever in whatever you do.
Be unconventional. Don’t always follow the herd.
Do what the great entrepreneurs in business have done: Create your own path and follow it.
May 2015 be the best business year ever for you!
This blog post also appeared on Linked Into Business.