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An Entrepreneur’s Perspective

5 Tips to Getting Better Results

June 14, 2017                                                                                                                              

Leanne Strathdee| Strathdee & Co

Leanne StrathdeeAs an entrepreneur, we want to make sure that we are focused on delivering results. Our livelihood depends on it. Our future depends on it. And we have some self-limiting rituals and beliefs that really get in the way.

The reality is, we don’t have that kind of time to waste. As part of a strong women business network called WILB Conference (Women In Leadership and Business), we help women get to their next level, either in their career or with their business. We help them to work differently, lead differently and live differently. Here are some quick tips from our conference community to help you stay at the top of your game.

5 Things to Stretch your Performance and your Results in your business

1. Change the Question. When you are tempted to purchase more, add more, push for more staff or a bigger budget and / or get caught in “If Only…”  language ("If only we had more money for marketing"), switch from this, “grass is always greener” mindset to a STRETCH mindset. Look at the resources you already have and ask yourself: How can I leverage what I have differently to get different results? Instead of asking what is missing, ask what can you do with what you already have.  Read the book Stretch, by Scott Sonenshein for more.

2. Act while planning. Instead of waiting until the plan is perfect before acting, get comfortable simultaneously acting while planning. Your plan will never be perfect, and chances are, it will be outdated by the time it is perfect. Aim for 80%, and perfect the rest of the plan live. You will spend 98% of your time course correcting anyway, so allow yourself the opportunity to course correct on a live plan.

3. Act within 5 seconds.(Thanks Mel Robbins). When you think, “I should call this client,” or “I should post this video on FB,” do something within 5 seconds related to that idea, or it will be lost. Don’t wait, act. Push yourself to do something. That will lead to the next thing, and the next thing.

Picture14. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. We spend much of our time questioning if we know enough, wondering if we are really the expert, fearing failure, and what will people think – and this holds us back. We will never have all the answers. Even the most successful business leaders feel this. Michele Romanow, from Dragons’ Den, said at the last Women In Leadership and Business Conference (Niagara, Ontario March 2017) that she spends 90% of her time in failure. That’s crazy. It takes a whole lot of 'nos' to get to a 'yes.' It doesn’t mean that you are a failure; it means you need to get good at dealing with it, learning from it, course correcting, and moving on.

5. Ask for a reality check. Sometimes we tell ourselves stories that make perfect sense to us. The problem is, we are way harder on ourselves than we are on others. Particularly when you are making a significant choice, reach out to a trusted colleague or friend to get their perspective. Often we tell ourselves things that we would never tell anyone else. Tap into that perspective.

Running your business is hard, there is no escaping that. Tap into a few things that help you get better results, and make it a little more enjoyable along the way.  Then you have done a great thing today, easing the path for tomorrow.

Want to connect with other great leaders out to change the world on their terms? Help us bring the trusted and celebrated Women In Leadership and Business Conference to Halifax in 2018. We need momentum to make it happen. We have helped thousands of women get to their next level, and we want to do the same in Atlantic Canada. Be part of the community to make it happen by letting us know you are interested. We will keep you updated on the date and the program.

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