“The most powerful way to prepare yourself, your team, and your organization to survive and thrive in a fast, unpredictable, competitive and complex world is to ‘first be nimble’ — in other words, to first develop the capability and resilience to adapt.” —Graham Winter (Author of First Be Nimble.)
The message you convey to your team when you micromanage is that you don’t trust their work or judgment. It creates a devastating mudslide to employee disengagement, promoting a dysfunctional and inimical work environment. Disengaged employees put in their time each day, and —that’s it, nothing more.
Entrepreneurship is rarely easy but also having family in the mix can add multiple layers of complexity—barriers and challenges that your competitors may not be burdened with. That said, the unique dynamics of a family-run business can also result in extraordinary success as evidenced by Wal-Mart, BMW, Ford and Tyson—all highly accomplished family firms.
I’m sure I’m not the first person to tell you that you should write down your goals, but are you? Alas, most people don’t do it, or do it once and never look at it again. There’s a magic power in writing down the words. Constantly viewing, visualizing your destination creates a bridge from here and now to your future. It’s your roadmap to your destiny.
We’ve all been there: you’re saying “I hate my boss” because you’re pretty sure they’re fucking shit up. But no one wants to say anything because, well, they’re the boss. But as the situation progresses, giving feedback to your boss seems more and more like the right thing to do. How do you tell your boss they’re wrong without jeopardizing your position or sounding like a jerk?
There’s no lack of guidance regarding the traits of great business leaders and their key attributes. I’d like to add my two cents, and at the risk of oversimplifying, distilled what I’ve learned from a diversity of great business and organizational leaders into a shortlist.
So many small businesses and young entrepreneurs focus on things that don’t matter, customers that will never buy, relationships they don’t actually want to build, and content that brings no value. Here’s my top five ways on how to run a business successfully and the core of my business DNA.
New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa. It may seem like they wouldn’t have anything in common – but they do. Each one of these three places are blessed with prestigious properties; Huka Lodge, Dolphin Island, and Grande Provence. All three properties comprise The Huka Retreats and are the vision of their founder, entrepreneur Alex van Heeren.
EFactor spoke with Alex van Heeren about both the differences and the similarities between the three resorts, the proudest moments in his career, and what it takes to be the owner at one of the best hotel collections in the world:
I have a serious commitment to providing nothing but the best for guests in every way…
There is an ancient Chinese saying that goes like this “A journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step.” The same can be said of your journey as a business owner or freelancer: there is one important first step that is vital for you to take very early in the journey. This step helps make sure that your journey goes the distance. Every creative freelancer or business owner must protect their intellectual property.