People often ask ‘how can I be successful in business?’, or try replicating other successful entrepreneur’s skills in a bid to become equal in success themselves. There is certainly no specific formula, and what works for one may not work for another. However, over time and much experience with successful managing directors and entrepreneurs, there are said to be three attitudes that can really push a business forward.
Being focused is perhaps the most prominent characteristic present for success. It’s important to know that willpower is finite, therefore there are two ways to tackle the depletion: habit and scheduled priorities.
There are a number of ways to ensure that you stay focused throughout tasks. Starting the task might actually be the hardest thing to do, but once it’s started you’ll be compelled to finish it. This is called the ‘zeigarnik effect’.
Multitasking is a no go when trying to get the job done as effectively as possible. In fact, studies have shown that focusing on one thing at a time will get the job done faster than trying to do a couple of things at once. So, whilst it may feel like you’re accomplishing a lot at the time, it will mean more time is spent in the long run. There’s also the chance that mistakes can be made, meaning more time at the end of the task rectifying this.
Learning is one of the greatest business and life skills that any individual can possess. To learn from one’s mistakes, can only lead to great things. In business, when you’re struggling with manging cash flow, gaining leads, or employing the right staff, it’s because you haven’t learned how – yet.
Whilst there is no way for certain to adopt the skill of learning; it’s important to utilise new information in order to see how you react to situations.
It’s also important to reflect – removing yourself from your inner bubble and actively think about where you are and where you want to be.
Being open minded is potentially the hardest of the skills to adopt and is correlated heavily to learning. Once a human is set in their ways, it’s quite difficult to change the norm. It’s difficult to step out of your comfort zone.
Here it’s important to avoid making fast decisions, as this often results in misguided assumptions. Therefore, it’s better to gather the facts, listen and then act. It’s also important to be honest – hearing the truth is much better than the truth you want to hear.
Anne at DIRECTions has vast experience of working with successful business managers and directors and can help with maximizing an individual’s full potential. If you believe you would benefit from the years of coaching experience which DIRECTions can provide, then give Anne a call on 020 3151 6830.