Talking business

2011-11-22 00:00

AS a person who is very aware of self-development and being involved in the development of others, I find myself constantly searching for motivational quotes, inspirational videos and true and real-life stories when teaching and training.

I find that there is a human element of kindness and self-worth that is present, yet unrecognised and appreciated by the very individuals who deserve this appreciation. One would think that not knowing how good you are would mean that you would have a humble nature.

I beg to differ as in my opinion a humble person is a person who celebrates­ his or her awesomeness in a quiet way and works rather on uplifting the spirits of those around them.

As business owners we seem to be in a rat race chasing deadlines, work commitments, family commitments and often in this race we are racing against time, racing against ourselves and we once again fall prey to stress.

We sometimes even end up winning the race, but as quoted many a time: “Winning the rat race still makes you a rat.”

So we find ourselves winners of a rat race, but all burnt out and no energy­ left to celebrate our victory. Sadly, we have often failed to ensure that we take people along the road with us, uplifting their spirits when they want to give in, and encouraging them to be the best they can be. It is critical that you have a winning team consisting of people who have grown with you.

You will then be surrounded by people who want to be with you, not people who have to be with you, and this becomes the definition of success.

We must realise that stress is a reality­ and something we often find ourselves in. Therefore we should embrace stress as a prerequisite to our journey of success and not fall prey to focusing on the stressful situations­ we find ourselves in, not only in business, but in our personal lives too.

Ensure that you surround yourself with positive people. And remember it is in the eyes of those on the journey with you who will serve as your reward and recognition, not a business award or trophy. Your greatest trophy­ is being surrounded by employees who have grown with you and your business.

Here are a few business principles to apply to take you from stress to success:

• the best leaders lift people up instead of tearing them down;

• the antidote to stagnation is innovation;

• the conversations you are most resisting are the conversations that you most need to be having;

• success is no longer about position — it’s all about people;

• the bigger the dream, the more important to the team;

• visionaries see the impossible as the inevitable;

• the more you worry about being applauded by others and making money, the less you’ll focus on the very people by your side;

• to double your net worth, double your self-worth;

• the most precious resource for businesspeople is not their time, it’s their energy — manage it well;

• every moment in front of a customer­ is an opportunity to live your values;

• be so good at what you do that no one else can do what you do;

• a strong foundation at home sets you up for a strong foundation at work;

• never miss a moment to encourage someone you work with;

• accept your team-mates for who they are and inspire them to become all they can be;

• to triple the growth of your organisation, triple the growth of your people­;

• investing in your self-development is the best investment you will ever make;

• understand the acute difference between the cost of something and the value of something;

• the business (and person) that tries to be everything to everyone ends up being nothing to anyone;

• the best in business spend far more time on learning than in leisure; and

• education is the beginning of transformation.

Remember that it’s not what you know, but what you do with what you know.

Yours in business.

• Yvonne Reece is the CEO of lifestyle accounting firm Graemor and a director of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business.

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