Is your business as strong as it can be? If it’s not then you’ve probably racked your brains on how to strengthen it. You’ve probably taken action on trying to strengthen it too. You may have tweaked your marketing campaigns. You could have made changes to your prices. You might very well have even hired more employees. But sometimes the biggest action you can take is looking at your own performance. Sometimes, the biggest changes within a business can only start right at the top with you, the boss. If you’ve tried everything else to get your business where you want it to be, and it hasn’t worked, then perhaps its time to refine your own approach to business.
To be upwardly mobile, let alone strong, your business needs a backbone it can rely on. It needs something to hold it up even when the odds and stocks are stacked against it. And there is nothing else that can provide this backbone but you. There is no other person than you that has the authority or the right to provide your business a backbone. And you need to provide it in more than one area of your business. You need to provide it out on the floor when it comes to employee/customer relations. You need to provide it in the boardroom when it comes to meetings with clients. And you need to provide it in your office when you deal with all the financial matters at play. Because you need to provide so much in so many areas, it is wise to educate yourself as much as possible in regards to the tasks that you face. And where better a place to educate yourself than school? Now, you’re probably thinking you don’t have the time to be able to go back to university and educate yourself in business. But what’s stopping you from taking an online Business degree? By doing so you would be afforded the opportunity to build core skills in teamwork, influencing, presentations and leadership. And what’s even better is that you can build all this in the comfort of your own home, in your own time.
But if going back to school isn’t for you then there are still ways you can become a better boss during your everyday working life. One way to do so is to start listening more and talking less. By practicing this way of life and allowing for it to become second nature you allow yourself the opportunity to build relations with your employees like never before. By listening to your employees and not jumping in and shutting their ideas down you depict yourself to be a boss who is open to hearing their ideas. This then distills in them the knowledge that they can trust you. It also trains your employees about how to work situations out within your business themselves. And the more employees know about how to fix a situation, the less time you have to spend training them to fix it.
As an owner of a business you have to be prepared to make changes to your own models and practices. Even if it means dedicating yourself to education again. Even if it means changing the habit of a lifetime and actually taking your time with employees rather than rushing things with them. If it’s going to benefit your business, it has to be done.