Top 10 Tips To Move Ahead of Your Competitors & Stay Ahead Of The Curve

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That’s hard to do you may think… And you may be right but let’s explore this.

Right now, you are in a business and you know what your challenges and opportunities are and you may have a clear plan of implementation in progress,  but then again you may not.

We are experiencing challenging times right now regardless of where your business is at and what product and services you provide. There are brilliant opportunities to move ahead of your competitors and win more market share.

I would like to share with you what the best businesses around the world have done to get ahead of the competitors and stay ahead of the curve.

  1. Review, refine and document your vision.
  2. Obtain feedback from your team and clients and incorporate the key comments into your vision to obtain the maximum buy-in to what you are trying to achieve.
  3. Develop a plan of action & implementation that holds all parties accountable for the desired results. The best plans are built on knowing your strengths and developing a targeted approach to build market share.
  4. Develop a winning team culture. Shore up your weaknesses and develop contingency plans to insulate and protect your business as much as your resources will allow.
  5. Celebrate your success with stakeholders.
  6. Clearly communicate your point of difference & deliver loads of value to your target audience and ensure your clients condition is significantly improved as a result of buying from you.
  7. Develop and attract talent.
  8. Manage your critical success factors daily and weekly and take corrective action. Be courageous and act quickly (not hastily).
  9. Know your key financial numbers and breakeven – build a financial dashboard and monitor regularly. Reinforce this with monthly management meetings.
  10. Continue to evolve and innovate. One of the best mechanisms to fend off competitors or theft is to constantly innovate, evolve, differentiate, be bold and stay ahead of the curve.

Fine tune your strategy to be consistent with your objectives in the context of short, medium and long term goals to maximise your return on energy & investment.

There are no guarantees in life however, an action plan supported by a never give up attitude certainly helps.

I look forward to hearing about your success.

Boost your Bottom Line!

You want to get great results from any money you spend with any consultant, service provider, or Accountant. That’s a given.

 I understand that – who wouldn’t?

You may have had a less than perfect experience in the past and want to be more certain that the next choice you make when choosing an advisor is way better.

And you want to achieve much more from the relationship – on a number of levels. Where you will obtain lasting and sustainable results that really add to your bottom line.

Simple clear english – no jargon , with a focus on the outcomes you desire. I get it.

Most people are happy to pay a fair price if they get the results they seek. You are probably no different but you want some certainty.

OK, here’s what I suggest:

  1. Be very clear about your objectives, what you want and when.
  2. Confirm your expectations with the service provider on your first meeting. This  first meeting should be complimentary and carry no obligation so that  you can mutually understand if there is a good fit.
  3. Expect the service provider to prove they can deliver the results you seek, based on their clear advice and track record in the context of  your issues and challenges right now.
  4. Develop a plan of action that defines your objectives and expectations.
  5. Confirm how you will measure the progress,
  6. Mutually understand the value you will obtain from this engagement –Qualitative and Quantitative.
  7. Understand and document the progress, what you will get, how you will benefit, the time line for delivery and your investment and options to pay.
  8. Take Action, be Courageous & be prepared to Implement what is required.
  9. Measure and manage – everything ! And realign based on what you learn .
  10.  Be accountable for results.

You will start to see the results appear which you will be able to enjoy and which will make a huge difference to your bottom line.

Implementation is Everything!

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Where the rubber hits the road.

So you know this – right?

Every successful person and business getting the best results does.

Sure, but doing it regularly as part of your make-up is the key.

It’s simple, but tough. Strange how these guys seem to hang out together. Getting them to play together is where the fun begins and the rubber hits the road.

We call this implementation and it is everything. BTI.

If you don’t implement then nothing happens. Nothing comes from nothing. In fact it may not be that good- the shelf life of your existing knowledge is diminishing, so if you are standing still you are going backwards.

None of this applies to you of course – that’s why you are reading this.

The difference with you is that you are prepared to focus on the most important things in your business and your life -by the way, balance is important. 

 And there really is only one life.

Focus on the things that will make the most difference… the one percenters that will improve your results, one step or one per cent at a time. Your task is to clearly define these critical success factors – make them visual,so that you are accountable. Then stay focused and implement them. 

And yes, you may need some help.

Continually ask yourself- is what I am doing right now moving me closer or further from my goals? If it is not moving you forward – stop doing it and do what’s important. Now.

Begin To Implement.