Years ago I worked for a Fortune 500 company that provided constant ongoing training to its leadership team. We were always sharpening our skills and learning new ways to be effective leaders. During one of our meetings, the Vice President told us that as leaders we have the autonomy to do what we feel is necessary but understand that the decision we make will affect our customers, our employees, and the business. After that moment, every decision I made around business and customer service was applied to that principle. As entrepreneurs, every decision we make involves 3 people: 1 ) Your Customer, 2) Your Employee, and 3) Your Business.
If someone invited you to give a presentation on your services or product in three days are you prepared to do so? Is your small business scalable, ready to handle an influx of clients? Last week I listened to Natalie Madeira Cofield share her journey as a businesswomen at a Walker’s Legacy event. One point she made clear was being in a position to have the ball passed to you and then scoring. She said you have to already be in the game if you want to play. I thought of George Patton’s quote, “a good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” Being good enough to be in the game warrants that you know how to play the game.
No one can deny the injustice and racism that marginalized groups experience. Because marginalized groups aren’t just identified by race or color. It speaks to the social, educational, economical, and political disadvantages in a society of all folks.
There are mornings when the moment you open your eyes the first thing that pops up in your mind is a list of all the things that you must get done that day. Sending out invoices, updating expenses, verifying billing, replying to clients’ needs, measuring advertising, and the list goes on. I don’t know about you, but when that happens all I can do is hop up and tell myself “Well, Jamara, you might as well get up now and do it so you won’t regret the decision not to later.“
Have you ever felt that your business wasn’t large enough for a particular event? Have you ever wanted to attend a trade-show but felt your business was too young for recognition? What about wanting to apply for membership to a national organization in your industry but feeling you aren’t “own that level” yet? These are fair questions to ask yourself before making decisions about your business. Having an understanding of what stage your business is in is a good sign of business competence. Entrepreneurs, if you feel your business is too young for an investment this doesn’t mean you ignore its current value. Be excellent on your level.
My Wednesdays are for business meetings, nurturing new relationships, and connecting with new potential business associates. This can be challenging at times because I’ve noticed that some people do not set an end time for business meetings. This surprised me. As an entrepreneur, if you aren’t measuring your time then you could possibly be costing yourself money.
During any interaction with someone, aim to make your time together productive and intentional.
When having a business meeting you want to ensure no words or actions or wasted. Whether you’re facilitating the meeting or not, here are some ways to ensure your meeting is a success.