Business success - A meeting with myself

  • by Carole Jordan
  • 17 Oct, 2016
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Over the years one of the most powerful techniques I have used to manage my business has been the concept of ‘a meeting with myself’. Have you ever tried it?

Why is "a meeting with myself" an important concept?

Taking time to think about our business is absolutely essential, especially when things get very hectic. It is important to make time to reflect and contemplate with an open mind the possibilities and opportunities you have. And to take time to make effective decisions or solve challenges we face. 

This is easy to say but difficult to do unless you make a positive decision to actually do it! 

We already acknowledge that we need to meet with staff, suppliers and customers on a regular basis to maintain the prosperity of our business. We also acknowledge that we must book into our diary regular times each month or week to ensure we keep the right personal perspective on running our business.

Why meet with yourself and not with a consultant?

Over the years I have worked with coaches and consultants and I've found their input invaluable. But still I have found that as well as having an outside objective from advisors and facilitators, it is still essential to consider all the ideas and suggestions on one’s own in order to make effective decisions.

How to effectively meet with yourself!

  • Put some dates in your diary now! Perhaps half days to start with, every fortnight or whatever seems achievable to you. 
  • Make them mornings if you can so your mind is clear of yesterday’s issues and you can think strategically. 
  • Aim for one day each month so you can feel relaxed when planning.
  • Set clear objectives to make full use of your time. Coaching & facilitation will help to bring out myriad possibilities but this can be quite an intensive situation which will benefit from quiet reflection afterwards. I call this ‘consulting your heart’. 
  • Once you are clear what you want to achieve for yourself and your business (including your team) you can move on to prioritise your objectives from both a personal as well as a business point of view.

Taking time to look into yourself adds the emotional factor to your apparently rational decisions. We think all of our decisions are based on facts and rationality but in fact ultimately our emotions will have an effect too. An element of free thinking, unfettered by the norms of business or the preconceptions of outsiders, will give you as a business owner a more personal satisfaction and meet your inner needs more fully. This helps to ensure your business delivers on more than a financial level, because, as we know, our enthusiasm for our business can only be maintained if we feel that we’ve done something rewarding AND valuable at the end of each day.

Good luck with this and do let me know how you get on!

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