As a business owner, at some point, you saw a need and had the desire and grit to fill it. Now the doors are open, the chairs are filled, and the product is flowing, but now what?
At Positive Ripples Coaching, we believe that the ability to intentionally create positive ripples in your world includes having a healthy relationship with your business. Our coaching and training programs focus on five critical areas of developing these relationships.
As a business, why do you exist? Be careful how you answer this question because the answer is true north for your business compass. It needs to be more than just why you got started or the bills you have to pay; it needs to encompass and extend beyond you and your team. Why do you keep going even when it gets tough? Why should people want to work for you? Why should people want to give you their hard-earned money?
When you understand the five stages of business -- Treadmill Operator, Pathfinder, Trailblazer, Peak Performer, and Legacy Builder -- you can be intentional and strategic to ensure you are making the right decisions to solve the right problems and move your business in the right direction. Do you know your stage?
If your business has hit a plateau, there is a disconnect within your drivers cycle. Understanding the six drivers of business -- personal, purpose, people, plan, product, and profit -- can help you pinpoint what area of your business needs some attention to get it back on a growth track. Which of your drivers need some attention today?
Maybe you're looking at this heading and thinking, "My business is not a game!" You're right to some degree, at least in how you traditionally think about games. Your business is not like football or chess because these games are finite, meaning that the players are known, the rules are fixed, there is a clear endpoint, and a clear winner and loser. But Your business is infinite; the players come and go, rules continuously change, there is no definitive endpoint, and there is no winner or loser, only ahead or behind. According to Simon Sinek, "Many of the struggles that organizations face exist simply because their leaders were playing in an infinite game with a finite mindset. The leaders who embrace an infinite mindset build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Their people trust one another and their leaders. They have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world, while their competitors fall by the wayside. Ultimately, they are the ones who lead the rest of us into the future." Which mindset do you have, and do you know what to do with it?
Your business culture refers to the mission, objectives, expectations, and values that guide you and your employees. Businesses that intentionally create a positive workplace culture are more successful because they have systems that promote healthy performance, productivity, and engagement. By understanding your business culture and intentionally cultivating it, you set the standard for everyone else. Do you know your business's culture and whether it is beneficial or harmful in driving your business?