Archive for March, 2010

A gentle puzzle for you!

A woman had built a successful service business from scratch and enjoyed the lifestyle that went with it – nice house, top of the range car, holidays abroad, dining out, classy clothes, trips to the theatre – she’d earned it all.

She had a permanent workforce of fifteen people and about thirty-five part time outworkers who all relied on her for their income.

Then the bottom fell out of the market and the only way for her and the company to survive was to change direction. The car, her pride and joy, was the first to go along with the dining out and theatre.

She had enough good clothes to still ‘look the part’ and they’d last a while. But, as time went on, employees became disaffected, morale was low and she was losing confidence in her own abilities to successfully ride the storm.

Could she do it?

The answer at this stage was: Possibly. Yet she was smart enough to realise she’d reached a point where she was ‘too close to the wood to see the trees’ and couldn’t do it on her own.

She didn’t wheel in a business coach with a track record running companies; she approached someone who would help her think differently. And, together they got results within weeks:

  • After a get together of the core workforce fourteen were totally ‘onside’ and the remaining one, who clearly wasn’t, left the company.
  • She was made to follow up a potential contract that had gone suddenly quiet: She discovered there’d been a misunderstanding that was about to scupper the deal. She was able to clear it up and get an order that immediately put £25,000 into her company’s funds and not only considerably eased the financial pressure but also boosted her personal confidence.
  • She was made to ‘go play’ with those who still owned the make of car she’d had and found they automatically regarded her as one of them – whether she happened to actually own one at the moment or not.

She and her company did ride the storm; she got another dream car, a second home in Europe, where she now spends much of her time…

The ‘moral of the tale’ is in the story – what’s your view on what it is? Post your thoughts in the comments here :-)

Linda Mattacks - Small Business Training

Time to spring clean YOUR business?

Don’t adjust your set!

Regular visitors will notice changes to the look and feel of this site over the coming days.

We took a long hard look at the theme and had to admit that what seemed really cool before quite frankly had become dated. And it didn’t allow us to easily add the exciting extras you want and we want to provide you :-(.

So, sleeves up and revamp time.

Most of the changes will go on offline behind the scenes until the changeover is ready. However, there may well be some components that need to alter first – as part of the Work In Progress… so it would be great if you cut us a bit of leeway!

2 more things:

  1. Are you 100% happy with the way your own business is represented on and offline? We all need all the advantages we can get in this economy…
  2. What specific business issues would you like to see covered here?

Let us know what you’d like to see featured over the coming weeks

We’re talking to owners of all different kinds of small businesses, asking what the main issues are right now.

Here’s your opportunity to flag up the ones facing your industry – and have a chance to get answers here – so go for it!

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