Successful Business Career Building Flows from Building a Successful Business

Successful business career building goes hand in hand with successful business building. Research and analysis demonstrate that four key elements underpin highly successful businesses. Top performing business people know how critical it is for them to pay careful attention to these four fundamental elements from inception through the lifetime of their business.

Regardless of whether the business is a multi-national corporation or a sole proprietorship, these four key elements must be present and properly formulated to ensure their business success. Just as when building a house, whether it is a luxury home or a small cottage, we pay careful attention to the picture in our mind’s eye of the end result that we want, so it is with creating a business. The key undamentals apply.

The four key elements that underpin highly successful businesses and business careers are:

Element One – Clearly Articulated Mission, Vision & Values

Successful businesses have well thought through and clearly articulated Mission, Vision and Values statements. These statements are the visible expression of the “heart and soul” of the business. They point to the business’s aspirations in all of its activities and the way its people are expected to conduct their affairs in relation to each other and to customers. This vital element aligns strategy with leadership and customers.

The words in these statements are not mere platitudes that hang on an office wall for decorative purposes. Successful businesses use these shared understandings to capture the purpose, direction and expectations of how their business is to be conducted. When implemented correctly, they create value-based, dynamic, customer-focused cultures that deliver excellence across the board.

People in high performing, successful companies live their Mission, Vision and Values and drive them into the very fabric of everything that their organization says and does.

Element Two – Strategy Formulation & Business Planning

Strategy formulation is the framework of choices that successful businesses implement to achieve their Mission and Vision. Strategic thinking ensures leaders understand the nature of the business that they are in and precisely where they are headed.

Once they have decided the critical issues that need to be addressed through this process, they create the Strategic Business Plan. This plan ensures that the business is built and operates in the manner that was envisaged and intended.

Element Three – Leadership Development

Successful businesses develop their leaders in a particular way. They ensure that their personal business career building and development is aligned to the Mission, Vision and Values of the organization, that it is part of the strategic agenda and that it focuses on customer need.

As a result of this type of leadership development, leaders in successful businesses are highly self-aware. They are conscious of the impact that they are having on others, and they get results. Such leaders continually build the business and the people around them for the future.

Element Four – Common Tools for Problem Resolution & Decision-Making

Successful businesses adopt common and systematic thinking processes and tools that can be used across the three streams of thinking in organizational life, namely strategy, operations and continuous improvement.

Having a common set of thinking tools that are used by everyone in an organization builds speed in the flow of information and ensures that problems, issues of concern and decisions are visible, rational, collaborative, traceable and conscious. Because they have these tool sets and processes in place, successful businesses think quickly, adapt and innovate.

So, in summary, all successful business career building begins with building a successful business. The four fundamental elements that must be in place for a successful business are:

– Mission, Vision and Values – a shared view of the purpose of the business.

– Strategy Formulation – understanding the nature and direction of the business.

– Leadership Development – building for the future of the business.

– Problem Resolution and Decision-Making Capabilities – building effectiveness and speed into the thinking and decision-making of the business.

Online Social Networking Basics For Doctors

Now a day, Social Networking is very much visible in many areas of our society. It is being used for various purposes, and not necessarily for its good functions. You might have heard in the news about some people being questioned for illegal or unethical conduct because of how they have used social networking.

Doctor, you need to know that if you engage in social networking deliberately, you can use it to your advantage.

This is also one reason why we have established our membership site to allow various degrees of interaction with our members. Historically, not only in our own experience but also with research studies that have been done, chiropractic doctors fall behind other groups when it comes to the use of social networking. This discussion aims to enlighten you a little bit and whet your appetite. Look for more information on social networking in our upcoming technology workshops.

If done properly, social networking can be very advantageous. It can put you in front of an enormous number of people in your own neighborhood and around the world. Just make sure you follow these two basic rules.

Rule 1: Your participation is limited. In other words, as one of my confidants advised me some time ago, limit yourself to no more than a few minutes per day.
Rule 2: Make sure what you are contributing is of interest and benefit.

Of course, there are a few exceptions. Social networking on hobby sites is something totally different.

On professional sites such as the Perfect Practice Web forum, if we had more doctors participate we’d start to see the benefits of sharing instantaneously.

If nothing else comes of this discussion, at the very least, take a look at our forum. Post something interesting. Post questions about things you need help on or recommendations for vendors and suppliers. There is no limit to what you can share. As long as it’s done in a professional and timely manner, everybody in the group will benefit.

So, lets cover some of the more common social networking sites, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. I’d like to discuss each of them a little bit at a time. They’re all very important, and each has its place.

With regard to online social networks, Facebook is the most widely used in North America. Nexopia is used predominantly in Canada. Other social networking sites include MySpace, Tagged, Highfive, Bebo, Skyrock, Orkut, etc. Other sites that are also widely used around the world are Friendster and Cyworld.

There are so many sites that you can go to. I urge doctors to participate in those forums that will provide visibility and the opportunity to have a professional but friendly image. Facebook would be number one on my list, not only in my personal experience but in the experience of the other people in the field we talk with every day.

Another advantage of Facebook is that you can link videos and blogs to it. You can do this with other sites as well, but Facebook is so hardwired in through Google that the opportunities are limited only by your imagination and your financial resources.

MySpace is similar to Facebook. We have found it to be not quite as popular when we survey other professionals.

Twitter, on the other hand, is a fun site that can allow you to put yourself in front of thousands and thousands of people quickly.

The caveat with all these sites, but especially for the first three mentioned, is to understand that when you post, it is permanent. You have to make sure this information gets disseminated. It can be used against you. God forbid something unintentional gets posted on a particular site. Keep in mind that all your post are subject to the highest level of public scrutiny. One of the scariest things now, not just for healthcare professionals but other people, is that Facebook and other online posts are being used against them in legal matters.

Be professional, cautious and intelligent about what you’re doing.

The next site is LinkedIn. This site is pretty cool. It seems to be a little bit more difficult to get into. It takes a little bit more time with regard to networking, simply because it is professionals.

LinkedIn regularly send emails updates of what’s going on with other members of your network.

It also keeps us inform of what’s happening with the other online communities. For example, if you take a look at allied professions and what’s going on online, it gives us a great idea of what we should be doing.

Get yourself up and running. Get out there. I encourage everyone, members and guest doctors. Get yourself listed to each others Facebook Friends Lists!!!

This will have tremendous benefit. You automatically get more exposure on-line, just from linking with us and your profession and others on Facebook.

Be professional, friendly and proud, and take some time with it.

5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders in the World

Are you successful but feel burned out working 50-70 hours per weeks? Do you feel your business or company hitting the proverbial wall and plateauing in production overall? The most successful business leaders know working harder and longer hours are not the answer to overall business success and personal happiness. The following content is designed specifically to apply to multiple business industries, varied professional leadership positions and one’s own personal life. If these core concepts are learned and applied regularly in one’s own business and life, powerful positive results will result, and personal freedom and professional business success will be attainable again.

5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #1: Efficiency Does Not Equal Effectiveness.

Usually the most ‘busy” people in life are the least productive. Learn to live and work smartly. Time management is important – as a daily schedule. However, a daily schedule should only be a part of the long-term vision and planning formed in annual, monthly and weekly planners. Simply going to work and reacting to events that take place removes the control from your life and your business goals. It also adds extreme stress that can become unhealthy as it develops a vision that work and life circumstances are outside of our control. In fact, our circle of influence on areas of our life gives us as much control as we want. By using mental imagery and envisioning tough situations in your day or week before the happen – and how you will want to act, can help you anticipate conflict and keep the stress-level down and more in control of your actions and emotions.

5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #2: People Are Your #1 Asset.

Spend 20% of your time listening to your people and teams. Notice I said listening, not talking. This is on purpose. Try to make sure you are spending informal time “touching” and relating to as many team members as possible. Cultivate a relationship so they know you care about them as people first, employees second. In turn, they will start to see you the same way. Set aside scheduled time weekly to informally stop by or “make the rounds” visibly with your teams. Do not talk about work until they bring up the topic. Keep it light and personal.

5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #3: Your 2nd Most Important Asset is Your SELF.

– As the most important investment in your business – take care of yourself first. Balance is the key to everything. Make sure you touch on the 4 major areas of life every week: Physical, Mental, Social, and Spiritual (PMSS).

Try this exercise first: brainstorm for 5 minutes all of the roles in your life. Clearly define them and place them under the 4 above life areas (PMSS) – and see if you can place at least one role under each of these umbrellas. If you can’t – you may have discovered a root problem to your stress and imbalance already.

Rank your roles in one life list- #1 being the most important. Once you have prioritized your roles – spend 80% of your time in the top 20%. Make sure you are spending time weekly in each of the four categories – Physical, Mental, Social, and Spiritual as closely as you can. Keep balance for personal and professional health.

5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #4: Lead Leaders Not Followers.

This concept may take some explaining, but there is a critical difference in the above sentence that may have the single most impact on your overall business success. You will grow as an organization in numbers only if you add followers, but you will multiply and exponentially increase your ROI through duplication if you grow leaders. The old adage, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; but teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime,” applies in principle here. If we tend to micro-manage our teams and people – we will create a bottle-neck in work process and flow. Our employees will become frustrated in our lack of trust as leaders in their capabilities to perform the tasks and solve problems without us.

We need to nurture and grow – teach and trust our people we rely on the most for personal and business success. Developing the aforementioned relationships with your people and getting to know them better will allow you to grow and help them in their weaker areas and take advantage of their strengths. As a leader your goal should be to guide and develop all your people on your teams to reach their maximum leadership capabilities individually. As their talents grow – they will take on more responsibilities – in line with the company vision and mission – and most importantly free up your time to work on income-producing activities.

5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #5: System, Process, People = Automation

A well-known vision and mission for your company and a system of “how we get work accomplished here” are foundations of the most successful business leaders worldwide. Your employees should take an active role in the process of forming the company mission, vision, and system. As the leader you can guide them through the process of where you want to take them and still build the trust and empowerment. All people will believe in you as the leader if you believe in them first. The key is employee trust and buy-in that is developed over time by empowering them in their roles, trusting them with appropriate decisions without you, and allowing them to participate or “have a voice” when company decisions are made. This trust and empowerment will dramatically improve your company’s work culture, employee motivation will become internal instead of external, and your retention numbers will soar as a result. People will WANT TO work for you as a leader.

***If you found these concepts helpful – feel free to find similar resources and helpful tips by checking insights and stories from other top 1% business leaders, entrepreneurs, and worldwide success stories: www.entrepreneurs-life.com

Successful Business – Why Some Businesses Succeed And Why Others Don’t

Do you know there is only one ingredient that separates
successful businesses from unsuccessful ones? That
single ingredient is simply none other than how the
business owner(s) think.

The reason why some people succeed in business and
others don’t is that most business owners are negative
thinkers, and they don’t even realize it. They start a
business, but lack confidence in their own ability to
succeed in their business.

A lot of unsuccessful business owners have the
entrepreneurial spirit, but they lack focus – often jumping
from one business opportunity to the next. Most of them
have never taken the time to set clear-cut goals for their
business. They tend to be more concerned about how
much money they are going to make, rather than on what
potential customers want.

On the other hand, if you observe successful business
owners, you will notice how well their minds are focused
on success. They are positive, optimistic thinkers. They
do not jump from one business opportunity to another.

When they first start out, they do not scatter their energy
by starting and running several businesses all at once, but
instead will take the time to nurture and build one
business or product line upward (horizontally). They have
a success-consciousness, and are horizontal business
builders, instead of vertical business builders. They know
that it takes time and hard work to build a successful
business.

Unsuccessful business owners tend to be impatient, and
expect to get rich overnight. They are unrealistic in their
goals, and want instant results. They often blame others
when profits are slow in coming, and will give up when the
going gets tough.

But, successful business people are fearless in their drive
to succeed. They will take immediate, massive, repeated
action to achieve their goals. They will never give up until
they make their dreams a reality.

They are more concerned about customer satisfaction,
inspiring trust in prospective customers, and building long-
term relationships with their customer base… the factors
that create success. They place more emphasis on
selling good products and services, than on making
money. They know and understand that the ultimate
reward of customer satisfaction is financial (monetary)
success.

Some successful business people are well educated and
some are not, as far as a formal education is concerned.
What sets them apart from unsuccessful business owners
is that their mind stays focused on success, regardless of
the obstacles in front of them.

If you are to achieve success in business, it is important
that you maintain a success consciousness. You must
keep your mind focused on the road to success, not the
obstacles you encounter on the road to success.

When you know your purpose for being in business, you
cannot be led astray by circumstances, words, or other
business opportunities that have nothing to do with your
goals. You must train your mind to focus on the end
result – the goals-you want to accomplish, not your
obstacles.

If you do, you will be able to achieve practically any goal
you choose for your business.