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The People | Extraordinary Business:

Did you ever see a big tough guy moving something large, like a sofa or a washing machine by himself?  Remember watching him struggle with it, if only a little.  Then, when he was ready to set it down, he couldn’t quite set it down as quietly as he might have liked, or when negotiating a doorway, he wasn’t as smooth as it could have been had he been working with another person.
Businesses are like that, as well.  There are lots and lots of business leaders out there that believe day in and day out that they can handle it all by themselves.  They’ll tell you that they can make more money like that they need control of the organization, and that they are the only ones that can do what they do the way that they do.
Have you ever seen a big tough guy…yeah, he is usually strong enough to do it by himself, but does he truly do it better by himself, or would it be better to have someone open the door for him, or help him set it down, or tell him about obstacles in his path, or someone to simply help him carry the load so that they can go further, together.  It’s like multi-tasking.  You work with every intention of getting several things done at once, but how successful are you, really, at getting more done, versus focusing, completely, on one thing for a fixed period of time.
Leaders, you need to realize that you can go further with another than you could ever go by yourself.  I am not talking about joint ventures, although they are helpful.  I am not talking about having your teenager work with you, periodically.  I am talking about working with someone who shares your vision and your excitement.  I am talking about working as a team, with a team that is qualified, shares your core values, “gets” the business mission, vision and values, and is willing to do whatever it takes to live it every day.
Does it take time to find those people?  Donald Trump will tell you in a heartbeat – hire slowly and fire fast.  He is probably saying that the organization can be no stronger than its weakest link.  He is probably saying that one person can make breach the hull of your business and sink the whole ship.  He is also saying that each member of your team is brought onto the team in order to help it accomplish more than it could without that person being on board.  It actually doesn’t work any other way.
Your people are your most valuable asset.  Whether they are your leadership team, your administrative, production, or whomever, they are going to be the ones that make or break your organization.  In order to separate your organization from those the rest of the organization, ensure that you are putting the proper energies into hiring, managing and developing your talent.
Go the extra mile.  Be extraordinary.
Aepiphanni Business Solutions is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping people get into business, and stay there.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including restaurants, catering and event planning.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].
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The People | Extraordinary Business:

Did you ever see a big tough guy moving something large, like a sofa or a washing machine by himself?  Remember watching him struggle with it, if only a little.  Then, when he was ready to set it down, he couldn’t quite set it down as quietly as he might have liked, or when negotiating a doorway, he wasn’t as smooth as it could have been had he been working with another person.

Businesses are like that, as well.  There are lots and lots of business leaders out there that believe day in and day out that they can handle it all by themselves.  They’ll tell you that they can make more money like that they need control of the organization, and that they are the only ones that can do what they do the way that they do.

Have you ever seen a big tough guy…yeah, he is usually strong enough to do it by himself, but does he truly do it better by himself, or would it be better to have someone open the door for him, or help him set it down, or tell him about obstacles in his path, or someone to simply help him carry the load so that they can go further, together.  It’s like multi-tasking.  You work with every intention of getting several things done at once, but how successful are you, really, at getting more done, versus focusing, completely, on one thing for a fixed period of time.

Leaders, you need to realize that you can go further with another than you could ever go by yourself.  I am not talking about joint ventures, although they are helpful.  I am not talking about having your teenager work with you, periodically.  I am talking about working with someone who shares your vision and your excitement.  I am talking about working as a team, with a team that is qualified, shares your core values, “gets” the business mission, vision and values, and is willing to do whatever it takes to live it every day.

Does it take time to find those people?  Donald Trump will tell you in a heartbeat – hire slowly and fire fast.  He is probably saying that the organization can be no stronger than its weakest link.  He is probably saying that one person can make breach the hull of your business and sink the whole ship.  He is also saying that each member of your team is brought onto the team in order to help it accomplish more than it could without that person being on board.  It actually doesn’t work any other way.

Your people are your most valuable asset.  Whether they are your leadership team, your administrative, production, or whomever, they are going to be the ones that make or break your organization.  In order to separate your organization from those the rest of the organization, ensure that you are putting the proper energies into hiring, managing and developing your talent.

Go the extra mile.  Be extraordinary.

Aepiphanni Business Solutions is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping people get into business, and stay there.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including restaurants, catering and event planning.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].
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Focus & Framework: Getting Things Done

According to some reports, the economy is finally beginning to stabilize.  Job losses are slowing, and some companies are beginning to hire, again.  Most businesses have been hurt, some are closed.  Still others are starting.  Why?  People are seeing opportunity.  They identified a need and are willing to fill it.

The Problem:

  • Starting a new business is relatively easy.  Have a product or service and get people to buy it. 
  • Staying in business for the long haul, however, takes focus
  • Growing a business significantly takes even more focus.

The common denominator, of course, is FOCUS – the ability to concentrate on one thing, despite what is going on around you.

Learning to focus on what is important is key to getting anything substantial done in your business in a reasonable amount of time.  Multi-tasking is not focusing.  Getting to it when you can – is not focusing.  Focusing requires laser-like attention on the goal, whatever that might be.

The way I teach people to focus is by helping them understand seven components of focusing, which will help both in business and in personal lives.  They are:

  1. Who are you?  As in What makes you special or UNIQUE? clip_image002
  2. What do you do?  What are your COMPETENCIES?
  3. Why do you exist?  You could call it PURPOSE or MISSION
  4. What do you hope to accomplish?  What is your VISION
  5. What do you stand for?  or What are your VALUES?
  6. Who do you serve or Who is your MARKET?
  7. What roadblocks or OBSTACLES do you face?

Answering these seven questions will provide you with a framework you will want to have in place before taking the next steps.

Yes, they do take time, and no, they don’t make you any money right now.  However, it will pay off, substantially, as you move forward.  They are the first step in the process.  Keep in mind that many people who start this exercise aren’t completely sure of what the answers are the first or second or third time around.  Many people start off with general statements.  However, as time goes by, the answers are further refined. 

For example, when Aepiphanni started, we served small businesses.  All small businesses.  And we did everything possible under the sun.  We learned, over time, that although we were able to do a lot of things and serve a lot of people, there were certain professions with which we resonated very well.  Additionally, we found there were certain types of contributions (organizational planning & structure) that we do really well.  Therefore, the markets we served changed, and were refined.

Keep in mind that while this exercise does take time, this will be the foundation and framework for whatever it is you are doing.  When building anything that will last, you must have a solid foundation.  A good foundation and complementary framework  is what makes anything survive.

What is a framework, you ask?  A framework is like your body’s skeleton, or the framing on a house or a building.  They provide the structure for everything else you will do.  Think about it: if it doesn’t fit within the framework, it doesn’t belong there.  Alternatively, if what you want to add will damage the framework, you need to find another solution.  When we talk about framework, we begin talking about what will keep you in place or on task once you have gotten the foundation down.  Consider this – once the framework is in place, you can begin adding all kinds of accoutrements – walls, floors and ceilings, in the case of a building.  It also provides support for any wires and pipes, windows and doorways.  Keep in mind – it will not be strong without the foundation!

When we discuss the framework for your goal or business, we are talking about identifying anything that could potentially strengthen or weaken the business or goal.  In business, we use a SWOT analysis to identify them.  These refer to internal Strengths, Weaknesses and external Opportunities and Threats. 

For example: Say we were building a high-speed rail system that runs from Boca Raton to the Grand Bahamas Island.  We have an understanding of our seven focus questions.  Now we are going to look at the SWOT:

Strengths:

  • We like the ideaclip_image002[5]
  • We believe in the idea

Weaknesses:

  • We need money – but we can raise it – lemonade stand?
  • We have no idea how to do it – but we can find people that do!

Opportunities

  • Other people will think it’s cool, too
  • Who  wouldn’t want to go the the Bahamas for the weekend?

Threats

  • Hurricanes and other natural occurrences could slow the building process
  • If we don’t build the tunnel right, it could flood

While this is an over-simplified version of the SWOT, we can see areas that we need to put our efforts into, and areas we need to work around.  Without having an understanding of what we can go really wrong, or what we can take advantage of, we could miss the boat, altogether.  We refer to this step as ensuring we are aware of our safety needs and can make good decisions with respect to how to address them.

Using the principals of focus and framework will help you not only set mission-oriented goals for your organization, but also, to push the boundaries of what you may have previously thought were reasonable.  Have a strong foundation and  framework does take some time and effort, but if done properly the rewards will far outweigh the costs.

Aepiphanni Business Solutions is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping people get into business, and stay there.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including restaurants, catering and event planning.  As always, we welcome your comments, tho
ughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].

� 2009  Aepiphanni Business Solutions

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Focus & Framework: Getting Things Done

According to some reports, the economy is finally beginning to stabilize.  Job losses are slowing, and some companies are beginning to hire, again.  Most businesses have been hurt, some are closed.  Still others are starting.  Why?  People are seeing opportunity.  They identified a need and are willing to fill it.

The Problem:

  • Starting a new business is relatively easy.  Have a product or service and get people to buy it. 
  • Staying in business for the long haul, however, takes focus
  • Growing a business significantly takes even more focus.

The common denominator, of course, is FOCUS – the ability to concentrate on one thing, despite what is going on around you.

Learning to focus on what is important is key to getting anything substantial done in your business in a reasonable amount of time.  Multi-tasking is not focusing.  Getting to it when you can – is not focusing.  Focusing requires laser-like attention on the goal, whatever that might be.

The way I teach people to focus is by helping them understand seven components of focusing, which will help both in business and in personal lives.  They are:

  1. Who are you?  As in What makes you special or UNIQUE? clip_image002
  2. What do you do?  What are your COMPETENCIES?
  3. Why do you exist?  You could call it PURPOSE or MISSION
  4. What do you hope to accomplish?  What is your VISION
  5. What do you stand for?  or What are your VALUES?
  6. Who do you serve or Who is your MARKET?
  7. What roadblocks or OBSTACLES do you face?

Answering these seven questions will provide you with a framework you will want to have in place before taking the next steps.

Yes, they do take time, and no, they don’t make you any money right now.  However, it will pay off, substantially, as you move forward.  They are the first step in the process.  Keep in mind that many people who start this exercise aren’t completely sure of what the answers are the first or second or third time around.  Many people start off with general statements.  However, as time goes by, the answers are further refined. 

For example, when Aepiphanni started, we served small businesses.  All small businesses.  And we did everything possible under the sun.  We learned, over time, that although we were able to do a lot of things and serve a lot of people, there were certain professions with which we resonated very well.  Additionally, we found there were certain types of contributions (organizational planning & structure) that we do really well.  Therefore, the markets we served changed, and were refined.

Keep in mind that while this exercise does take time, this will be the foundation and framework for whatever it is you are doing.  When building anything that will last, you must have a solid foundation.  A good foundation and complementary framework  is what makes anything survive.

What is a framework, you ask?  A framework is like your body’s skeleton, or the framing on a house or a building.  They provide the structure for everything else you will do.  Think about it: if it doesn’t fit within the framework, it doesn’t belong there.  Alternatively, if what you want to add will damage the framework, you need to find another solution.  When we talk about framework, we begin talking about what will keep you in place or on task once you have gotten the foundation down.  Consider this – once the framework is in place, you can begin adding all kinds of accoutrements – walls, floors and ceilings, in the case of a building.  It also provides support for any wires and pipes, windows and doorways.  Keep in mind – it will not be strong without the foundation!

When we discuss the framework for your goal or business, we are talking about identifying anything that could potentially strengthen or weaken the business or goal.  In business, we use a SWOT analysis to identify them.  These refer to internal Strengths, Weaknesses and external Opportunities and Threats. 

For example: Say we were building a high-speed rail system that runs from Boca Raton to the Grand Bahamas Island.  We have an understanding of our seven focus questions.  Now we are going to look at the SWOT:

Strengths:

  • We like the ideaclip_image002[5]
  • We believe in the idea

Weaknesses:

  • We need money – but we can raise it – lemonade stand?
  • We have no idea how to do it – but we can find people that do!

Opportunities

  • Other people will think it’s cool, too
  • Who  wouldn’t want to go the the Bahamas for the weekend?

Threats

  • Hurricanes and other natural occurrences could slow the building process
  • If we don’t build the tunnel right, it could flood

While this is an over-simplified version of the SWOT, we can see areas that we need to put our efforts into, and areas we need to work around.  Without having an understanding of what we can go really wrong, or what we can take advantage of, we could miss the boat, altogether.  We refer to this step as ensuring we are aware of our safety needs and can make good decisions with respect to how to address them.

Using the principals of focus and framework will help you not only set mission-oriented goals for your organization, but also, to push the boundaries of what you may have previously thought were reasonable.  Have a strong foundation and  framework does take some time and effort, but if done properly the rewards will far outweigh the costs.

Aepiphanni Business Solutions is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping people get into business, and stay there.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including restaurants, catering and event planning.  As always, we welcome your comments, tho
ughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].

� 2009  Aepiphanni Business Solutions

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