Monthly Archives: October 2015

Why Winning Matters

As we are in the final quarter of 2015 and the award season has just begun, now is the perfect opportunity for your business to stand out from competitors and gain the recognition you deserve for your outstanding results.

Becoming an Award Winning Business comes with big rewards:

Ego booster

It’s always nice to receive praise for doing something well.

Exposure

Winning gives you a reason to reach out to the press and social media and share your success story. In addition, the event itself provides a great opportunity to network with other business owners and with local or national press.

Increased Sales

Promoting your success through the right channels will naturally bring new leads to your door as they hear you are the best at what you do.

Team Motivation

Such accolades help to keep you and your entire team motivated.

Recruitment

You will attract the right kind of team into your business – the best want to work for the best!

Customer Service

Finally, if you set yourself and your team a goal to win a business award the level of service in your business will improve.  If you win you will strive to maintain your great standards.

We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate some of our clients who have already been successful on the awards front this year.

Winner of Best Traditional Pub of the Year: National Hospitality Awards 2015

Damien Joyce – Lowrys Bar

Lowrys Bar Award

Winner of Paint Distributor of the Year: Irish Auto Trade Awards 2015

John O’Hanlon – National Autoparts

National Autoparts Award

Winner Best Customer Service: Carlow Business Awards 2015

Balazs Stumpf-Biro – Carlow Dental Centre

Carlow Dental Centre Award

Well done again and we hope you reap the awards of your recent success. Best of luck to all the other business owners who are waiting on awards yet to be announced. We hope to see you on the award stage soon and would love to hear your success story.

If you would like some help achieving award winning results please get in contact with us or complete our short expression of interest form as we would be happy to help you and your business to future success.

 

 

 

5 Ways To Manage Different Personality Types

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Here is fun little task for you. Take a quick look around your office or premises. You will quickly realise you are working alongside a wide variety of personality types. Can you pick them out? The joker, the perfectionist, the thinker, the risk-taker….

A mix is vital for balance, but as a business owner or manager, there is no doubt that dealing with multiple personalities can be challenging. It’s your job to make sure everyone on your team is being as productive as possible, and this may mean having to treat everyone a little bit differently to do so.

As a leader in your business you must learn to be versatile in how you lead, communicate and motivate your employees. What works for one employee may not work for another. The more effective you are at changing your managing style to suit your employee, the more effectively your employees will carry out their assignments.

Here are 5 Ways to Manage Different Personality Types:

  1. What personality type is each of your employees?

Using a personal assessment tool like DISC to analyse different personality types is a great way to help you understand your employee’s personalities better, and what management style they respond best to.

In DISC the are 4 personality components are as follows:
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  1. Build a relationship

To make it easier to manage people who don’t like to be managed, try building a relationship with them first. When you build this relationship with an employee you maybe be surprised at how loyal they become. With good working relationships come good results in the business.

  1. Set the bar high

Lead by example – if you set the standards high in your own work this will push your employees standards up and let them know what is expected. Use your employee’s skills to your advantage when setting out tasks and praise them for a job well done.

  1. Know what is important to your employees

When it come to your employees, knowing what drives them is hugely important to help motive them in work. For a young employee it may be to grow into a more senior position within the company. Help them achieve this goal by setting targets for them to meet and by provided training along the way.

  1. Don’t take things personally

When you are managing your team you need to remember not to take their reluctance to follow your directions too personally. Identify their personality, win over their trust and you will start to see things change for the better.

When it comes to managing a team it’s never a walk in the park, but when you figure it out it can be highly rewarding for everyone involved and for the success of the business. I hope these few tip will help you lead your team to greatness in the future.

If you would like more advice on DISC, or how to manage and lead your team call us on 01 891 6220, or join us at our next workshop How To Create A High Performance Team, Friday 27th November. Click here for more information and to register your place today!

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5 Top Tips To Grow Your Business

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Most entrepreneurs have what we like to call the Superhero Syndrome. When it comes to their business they want things done now, they want them done right, and the only person in the company who does things this perfect way is the business owner themselves, the superhero! This leads to long hours being put in at the office with little reprieve from the stress of running your own business. Sound familiar?

It’s so easy to get caught up with the day to day running of the business and lose sight of where you want your business to be in a few year’s time.

Here are some tips to help you focus on growing your business rather than getting stuck in the day-to-day:

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Perform an honest self-assessment

Sometimes it is a good idea to step back and take a bird’s eye view of your business. Looking at your business from a different perspective is not as easy as it might sound, but it is important to learn how to objectively analyse every aspect of your business. In the blog post last week, we discussed living above (taking responsibility for our actions) and living below the line (giving excuses and blaming someone else), which is also hugely relevant. 

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Work on your business, not in it

If you are a business owner who is involved in every sector of the business (sales, customer service, marketing, finance etc.) this is a lot to manage. When you are focused on these day to day operations of your business, you become reactive rather than proactive and this will hinder moving your business forward. Learn to commit time every week to growing as a business owner and taking actions that benefit your business. By dedicating this time your chances of long-term success will be vastly improved.

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Hire smart, direct well

The “I can do it myself” attitude is helpful, even necessary when you first launch your business. But there comes a time when it no longer serves you well. Businesses that want to grow and move forward must employ a great team. Providing excellent training and direction to your team is essential. Improve your employees and they will improve your company.

As a business owner you also need to learn to delegate tasks to your employees. By setting SMART goals together – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely, your delegated tasks have a greater chance of being accomplished.

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Create Systems

Creating systems in your business can help to simplify procedures and processes and eventually allow the business to run without you. Giving up control can be difficult but with systems in place this can make the process of handing responsibility over to a team member easier. If you want your business to grow, you must stop doing everything yourself and learn to trust your team. 

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Don’t be afraid of change – Do something different

Doing something different can be great way to jumpstart business growth when your feeling stuck. Here are some options to help you take action and make a positive change in your business:

  • Get help from someone – a business coach or a business group. Anything that will help keep you accountable to your goals is a good idea.
  • Write out a list of everything you do in your business and look at ways to simplify or automate some of those tasks. It might sound small but saving 5 minutes per day adds up to 100 minutes per month!
  • Consider hiring someone to handle tasks that are not critical. This will free you up to spend more time working on the business.

As a business owner we should never be afraid to put aside what’s not working and double down our effort on what is. Successful businesses are able to adapt to change and look for opportunities to meet demand.

As a business owner it can be hard to maintain the perfect work life balance. We hope these few tips will help you to prioritise the time you spend on certain tasks and help you to move your business forward to the next level of success. And don’t forget to take off that superhero cloak and allow others to help you on your way to the top!

If you would like more advice on how to grow your business, join us at our Time Management Workshop this Friday 16th October, by clicking here, or complete our short expression of interest form for a call to discuss how business coaching can help move your business forward.

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How to Manage What You Do With Your Time

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As we all know time does not stand still for anybody. Unfortunately we can’t create more time and once it’s gone it’s gone forever. So, if we can’t manage time, what can we manage? The simple answer is that we can only manage what we do with it. This means being more disciplined about how we spend our precious time.

Here are some of our top tips to help you manage your time better:

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  • Focus

It’s important to focus your efforts on the tasks that will help you achieve the success you want. Learn not to get side tracked with all those less important tasks.

 

  • Choose To Be A Victor not a Victim

It’s easy to fall into the trap of blaming the outside world (staff, suppliers, banks, customers etc.) for why we are too busy to achieve the success we feel we deserve. From here on in, make sure  you choose to be a victor, rather than a victim – take ownership of your time and what you want to achieve with it.

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  • Set Goals

Set clear goals which you are emotionally linked to and create a plan of action to help you achieve your goals. This will help you focus during the time available and you will be less likely to become distracted.

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  • Prioritise

Learn to priorities different tasks. In the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” by Stephen Convey the 4 main types of tasks identified were:

– Not Urgent, Not Important- things that distract us from our goals.
– Urgent, Not Important – things that we are deluded by.
– Urgent and Important – things that put demands on us.
– Not Urgent and Important – things we do that lead to our goals.

Going forward, ask yourself which category a task falls into and say NO to the distractions.

So to summarise, if you want to find time to achieve your goals, all you need to do is identify what is it exactly that you want to achieve, ensure this is something you are passionate about and then work out a plan of action with dedicated time to help you achieve it.

If you would like some help managing your time join us at our Time Management Workshop Friday 16th October. Click Here for more information and to register your place.

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