As a business owner, you probably take classes and courses and are invested in ways to incorporate new training into your daily life as an entrepreneur. Do you commit to your personal success as often as you commit to business growth and personal growth? how to commit to personal success is as important as committing to business success and growth.
We have put together a list of ways to commit to personal growth that I have found to be crucial to my clients as part of our coaching programs.
How To Commit To Personal Success
For many, they have to purposefully commit to their personal success. We tie our personal success with our business success but they may need to be separated in order for you to thrive.
- Your business will grow when you grow and you will grow when your business grows. As entrepreneurs we are closely tied to the success of our business and that just might push us forward toward pursuing personal growth. Just because you work a 16-hour day doesn’t mean your business is a success, it just means you’re working a lot of hours. Just because you take a day off doesn’t mean you are growing personally. Focus on personal success to grow your business.
- You cannot separate yourself from your business — it’s impossible so don’t try. That does mean that your business is a reflection of you, your morals and ethics and beliefs.
- Don’t get bogged down in the busy-ness of tasks that you don’t leave the office. You need to network for business and you also need to take courses or pursue hobbies to grow personally.
- Focus energy on core competencies. Don’t think you have to do it all. You won’t succeed if you try. You will only feel overwhelmed and burn out. Why do your own bookkeeeping if it’s not what you know how to do? Why waste your time on this area if it’s not your expertise and you should be building the business instead.
If you don’t have a definition of what personal success means, you won’t know when you’ve achieved it. Do you measure success on your bank account or the number of new clients you sign up , the hours you put in at the office, or how happy you are?
What helps your business succeed and thrive? Your employees, right? If you are looking to grow or retain your staff we have 5 ways to build employee engagement. An engaged employee is more likely to stay and more likely to perform at his or her peak.
How can you ensure your employees are engaged? You can certainly ask, but if they value their jobs they may just say they are engaged — to humor you. You need to cultivate an environment of engagement and making your employees feel valued and heard.
5 Ways To Build Employee Engagement
Here are the best ways we have found to keep employees and even vendors engaged.
- Offer seamless support. Don’t make employees have to jump through hoops to effect change or be heard. Have a service desk that caters to your staff. You have that for customers, why not staff.
- Onboard with purpose. Don’t just hire an employee, give them the keys to the restroom and set them free. An employee who feels supported in the first days will be happier and more engaged. Even if you’re hiring remote and work from home staff, you can still successfully and effectively onboard them and help them succeed from day one.
- Train from the beginning. Even if you hire an employee who met all the experience criteria, each organization has unique nuances and you can’t expect a new employee to know how yours works, just because he or she has the experience you sought.
- Keep the lines of communication open. If you have an open door policy, let them know. If the new hire reports to a different supervisor, introduce them and introduce them to their co workers. Make them feel welcome.
- Have an employee recognition program in place and let an employee know what he or she needs to do to earn that recognition. Also, on occasion, for no reason recognize an employee for a random act. Being recognized and even given a small gift card can go a long way in building engagement. Don’t forget to let the entire organization know who is being recognized and why.
When is the last time you thought about employee engagement? What is your turnover rate? Do you need to lower that? Engagement practices may be just what you need!
We know that post-covid may not be happening yet for many entrepreneurs. Some are still struggling to pick up the pieces, others are back up and running but are struggling to find workers, but there are others who are thriving and thrived during the entire past year. We know though that it is hard to be productive, no matter when, but we have tips on how to be more productive post-covid.
No matter where you are on the spectrum, I find that there are entrepreneurs who I work with that struggle to get it all done and we typically find out that the reason they aren’t getting everything done that they need to get done is that they’re doing tasks they should be delegating. In other cases, entrepreneurs will focus on tasks that are unnecessary because they are procrastinating on what truly needs to be done.
How To Be More Productive Post-Covid
Here are tips to regain your organizational and productive mojo.
- Build a system with a structure that fits your personality. You can only be efficient and effective if you have a system in place. Use a synced calendar so you don’t miss meetings. Use a shared calendar with your staff. Respect your calendar, schedule downtime so you can recharge and so you can also make plans for the future.
- What tasks can be automated.
- What tasks can be delegated.
- Where can you streamline operations?
- Are you using too many applications to track projects that you spend too much time on the tech and less on the task
- Are you focusing on the future? Don’t get stuck spinning your wheels in the present. Put together steps to move into the future with your goals.
Take a look at your schedule, your to-do lists and then take a long, hard look at what you accomplish daily or weekly. Are you moving toward future goals or are you stuck in tasks that are holding you back?