The 5th blog challenge is titled ALL ABOUT YOU and is our opportunity to explain why we chose our blog title and what it means to us.
The title of my blog is the title of my website, which is the name of my business. When I first decided to set up my own business, I spoke to a colleague who had already set up a consulting business. One of his comments was that people struggle to implement stuff. So the seed was sown. I had skills in implementation – putting plans in place and working out how to achieve them.
To implement is to carry out, to put into action
Many organisations struggle to implement their strategy or their ideas. There are time pressures, resource constraints and sometimes its just plain old procrastination. External support can help to clarify what needs to be done, provide a reality check about what is achievable and act as a sounding board when things get started.
What plans and ideas do you have that are yet to see the light of day? Asking someone to help may just be what you need.
The blog challenge today is to write about what we think is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
I have been thinking a lot about networks lately. I have a wide network and have deliberately joined many groups and participated in many activities to maintain a wide network. This is not just about growing my business, the benefits are far reaching.
I think the networks we cultivate throughout life may be the greatest thing since sliced bread. My networks are in real life and on-line, I belong to women only networks and business networks and I maintain historic networks.
Reflecting on just the last 12 months, there are many direct benefits of the various networks I belong to:
- Significant work has been generated
- Conferences and learning opportunities
- Personal support when needed
- Inspiration and motivation
- Fun activities
- Shared wisdom
- Ability to help and connect with others
What are you doing to create and nurture your networks? Make the effort, it is well worth it.
The second topic in our blog challenge is Toot your Horn. We are instructed to talk about our favourite thing about ourselves.
I am proud of the work I do with Implement + Associates. As a very small business I can’t point to money as a measure of my success, but I can point to the success of much of the work that I do. So what am I good at?
- Finding structure and simplicity in complex situations
- Conveying that structure and simplicity in a way that is easy to understand
- Facilitation that gets the ideas and concepts out of your head and into a format that can be articulated to others
- Taking those ideas and concepts and making them tangible
- Inspiring you to take the ideas to the next step
- Having fun while I am doing it
What are you most proud of in your business? Do you articulate it to your team?
“When the door closes, climb in through a window”
I have no-one to attribute this quote to, but when I came across it many years ago I loved it as a way of saying never give up, there is always a way.
In organisations it can seem like we are always in problem solving mode. Sometimes the barriers seem insurmountable. But if something is worth doing, you can find a way to do it.
Good problem solving will help you find the window to climb through. Some steps to help you :
- make sure you clearly identify what you want to achieve
- be honest about the barriers or challenges you need to overcome
- think about who can help you
- redefine the time-line to give you breathing space to break down the barriers
- identify incremental, manageable steps to achieve the desired outcome
- celebrate your milestones to stay motivated and never give up.
There is always a way to achieve what you want. It may take more work than you imagined, or take longer than you would like; but if you truly want to achieve it, you will find that open window.
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