Pay Attention to Fundamentals

What if your business shows good trends, but the fundamentals are poor? You  feel great in the short term, but the future might be bleak.

As an example, your sales may be on the upward trend, but if the fundamentals for your business – quality of product/service, delivery times, customer service, and so on are weak, how long will your sales continue to grow? What if your sales are growing, but your margins are rapidly declining? Is that really a good trend?

Entrepreneurs should not be fooled by short-term trends in their businesses, but focus on ensuring that the fundamentals are sound and going in the right direction. Determine the key drivers of your business and concentrate on fixing and enhancing these fundamentals to grow your company for the long term.

Ravi Patel

Published in: on November 27, 2018 at 4:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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Gratitude

Entrepreneurs have a lot to be grateful for!

First and foremost are our country and the free market system that allow Entrepreneurs the opportunity to create and grow businesses and prosper.

Employees are the backbone of companies and Entrepreneurs should be thankful for the dedication, loyalty and hard work put forth by their people to make businesses successful.

No business can sustain itself without customers and clients. Be thankful to your sources of revenue for putting their trust in you to provide services and products.

Entrepreneurs should also appreciate their suppliers and service providers who continue to supply essential goods and services to sustain their businesses.

Shareholders and financiers who have invested in your abilities to grow the business and provide a return on their capital should be high on the list of people to whom Entrepreneurs are grateful.

Do not forget to appreciate your gratitude to your business advisers who provide a sounding board for you to share ideas and seek advice.

Lastly, the community that you operate your businesses in should be appreciated also.

So on this Thanksgiving, I encourage Entrepreneurs to express their gratitude to the above stakeholders in your companies.

Ravi Patel

Published in: on November 20, 2018 at 4:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Are you a Good Delegator?

Entrepreneurs might believe they are super-human, but they cannot do everything themselves in their companies. Thus, they have to assign projects, goals, and objectives, or collectively tasks to various individuals.

Once you delegate, do you have a good system of tracking those tasks? If so, that is a step in the right direction. If not, you need to get a system or process that works for you.

But, more importantly, do you follow-up on the assigned tasks? Do you have a system to track the progress on the various items? Do you have a reminder system?

Assigning tasks is not enough. Proper delegation requires monitoring the progress on completion status of these tasks with regular follow-up. Otherwise you are sending a message to the employees that you are not going to hold them accountable.

While some employees will take the initiative to report on the progress of the assigned tasks, you need to have a system to hold all people accountable.

Follow up is critical for effective delegation. If you can’t be a good delegator, don’t always expect results.

Ravi Patel

Published in: on November 13, 2018 at 4:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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Reduce Control

For Entrepreneurs managing their level of “control” is crucial in growing their businesses.

When Entrepreneurs start their businesses, they feel like they need to have total control over everything that goes on in their organization. All decisions are made by them and nothing can be done without their say so. That is too much control.

However, as the business grows, Entrepreneurs are forced to give up some control and delegate tasks to others. They still want to know what happened. When successful, Entrepreneurs should transfer responsibilities to a secondary level of leadership. In that stage they cannot keep track of all details.

At every stage of the growth of the company, Entrepreneurs reduce their sphere of direct control. This is very difficult for most Entrepreneurs, especially if it is their first business venture.

Building a strong secondary leadership team, guiding and mentoring the team, and periodically monitoring their accomplishments towards specific objectives and the overall Mission will reduce the anxiety of Entrepreneurs. If  Entrepreneurs cannot learn to reduce their sphere of control, it will create stress that might be detrimental.

When things fall outside your sphere of direct control (to lower levels of the organization), resist the temptation to wrest such control or stress about it. Focus on the bigger picture.

Ravi Patel

Published in: on November 6, 2018 at 4:39 am  Leave a Comment  
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