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4 Ways To Effectively Handle A Large Business

4 Ways To Effectively Handle A Large Business

Many things that worked well when your business was small no longer work now that you are running a large business. Although you may still be in the same basic business, you now have to run it in a different way. Scaling up adds new pressure on your business and you have to deal with a whole new set of conditions.

It might not necessarily be that you’ve gotten inefficient. In fact, you are producing more goods at a faster rate and have vastly improved the quality of your services. The revenue you now earn in a month may even be what it took a year for you to earn in your small business.

It’s tough handling a large business and it’s easy to get overwhelmed, but if you follow the basics correctly and make an attempt to patiently persevere, it’s not as hard as it seems. The tips mentioned below will help you alleviate your problems and handle your business effectively.

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1. Manage your payrolls.

Doing payroll the same old trusted way may be increasing your costs because of the increasing complexity of the paperwork required for wage payments and statements. The solution is to adopt electronic payroll and wage statement methods. This will allow you to put paperless pay into practice. This will give you many payment options, like pay cards and online statements. It will also be easier to manage changes in a variety of departments that have diverse requirements, as well as provide service to employees who have different payment needs.

2. Manage your meetings.

When your business was small, you had fewer business meetings. You probably also had to travel far less often to attend those meetings with partners or clients. Now that your company is growing, there are probably more outside meetings, and frequent travel not only raises your costs but also limits the time you have to work on your own business projects.

One solution to this is to opt for video conferencing instead of actually traveling regionally or internationally. Setting up a meeting is as simple as sending recipients a hyperlink and then conducting the meeting via voice, video, and desktop sharing. Your meetings will go just as well, perhaps even better, and this alternative is both simple to use and inexpensive.

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3. Manage your telecommunications.

It can become fairly expensive to have multi-line telephone units. It’s possible to get virtual solutions that offer the same functionality at a lower cost. If your business has more than one location, you may want to consider getting laptop-based softphone software. Since your employees are probably being outfitted with laptops anyway, why not add these softphone applications to their portable computers, as well?

A softphone is a hybrid word for software telephone. It is an application program that enables users to talk using VoIP, or voice over Internet Protocol. In other words, your employees will be making telephone calls from their computing devices. These applications can be used with a headset and microphone.

4. Manage your technological infrastructures.

If your business is growing rapidly but you are still using an on-premise computer system, then you are paying too much and getting too little for your money. If you’re in this situation, it’s time to migrate to cloud computing.

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Your users will have a richer experience because they will be able to take full advantage of the latest software through Software as a Service. You don’t have to hire an IT team for maintenance and care of the system because all that is handled by the cloud service provider.

You can also scale up your business easily by asking for more system resources and additional services. And your employees can access their work from anywhere at any time. This feature is especially useful if you are outsourcing work and want to give independent contractors limited access to your database as well as enhance collaboration.

Remember, it’s not the same old business anymore!

Size makes a huge difference in business operations because you’re now dealing with far more complexity. For instance, your hiring process has probably changed beyond recognition. It used to be easy to hire new people when you had a vacancy.

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A few well-placed ads were all you needed to get a large selection of candidates and it was not long before you got some more people on board. Now, however, you have so many positions to fill more often that you need a much more sophisticated recruiting system to keep track of everything.

When you have a larger business, you have more employees doing more things, more business processes, more projects to coordinate, and more vendors to manage. You also have more products to sell and more services to offer. Besides having a lot more customers, you may even have several target audiences now because you’ve entered several niches in the same industry.

The bigger your business gets, the more different it becomes. In fact, it may be so different that it’s just a question of semantics to say that you have the same business. In reality, you have a different business — a bigger, more complex business that does more things with more resources to produce bigger results. By using the right solutions, you can prevent complexity from tipping into chaos.

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

7 Powerful Steps to Achieve Career Success

7 Powerful Steps to Achieve Career Success

I often hear people say, “I want to be successful but don’t know where to start” or “I’ve achieved career success yet I’m not happy.” And then I ask, “what does career success mean to you?” And many have a hard time articulating their response with much conviction.

It’s common that people lack clarity, focus, and direction. And when you layer on thoughts and actions that are misaligned with your values, this only adds to your misdirected quest to achieve your career success.

A word of caution. It’s going to take some time for you to think about and work on your own path for career success. You need to set aside time and be intentional about the steps you take to achieve career success. In my opinion, this step-by-step guide is apart of your life philosophy.

1. Define Career Success for Yourself

Pause. Give yourself time and space for self-reflection.

What does career success mean to you?

This is about defining your career success:

  • Not what you think you ‘should’ do
  • Not what people may think of you
  • Not adjusting to friends and family’s judgements
  • Not taking actions based on societal or community norms

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms” – Zen Shin

When you strip away all your external influences and manage your inner critic, what are you left with? You need to define career success that best suits your life situation.

There’s no fixed answer. Everyone is different. Your answer will evolve and be impacted by life events. Here are a few examples of career success:

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  • Work-life balance
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Feeling valued that my contributions had an impact

Now even as you reflect on the examples above, the descriptions are not specific enough. You’ve got to take it deeper:

  • What do you mean by work-life balance?
  • What do you consider to be opportunities for growth and advancement?
  • How do you like to be recognized for your work? How do you know if your contributions have had an impact?

Let’s take a look at some potential responses to the questions above:

  • I want more time with my family, and less stress at work
  • I want increased responsibilities, to manage a team, a higher income, and the prestige of working at a certain level in the company
  • I’d like my immediate leader to send me a thank-you note or take me out for coffee to genuinely express her or his gratitude. I’ll know I’ve made an impact if I get feedback from my coworkers, leaders and other stakeholders.

Further questions to reflect on to help narrow the focus for the above responses:

  • What are some opportunities that can help you get traction on getting more time with your family? And decrease your stress at work?
  • What’s most important for you in the next 12 months?
  • What’s the significance of receiving others’ feedback?

Now, I’m only scratching the surface with these examples. It takes time to do the inner work and build a solid foundation.

Start this exercise by first asking what career success means to you and then ask yourself meaningful questions to help you dig deeper.

What types of themes emerge from your responses? What keywords or phrases keep coming up for you?

2. Know Your Values

Values are the principles and beliefs that guide your decisions, behaviors and actions. When you’re not aligned with your values and act in a way that conflicts with your beliefs, it’ll feel like life is a struggle.

There are simple value exercises that can help you quickly determine your core values. This one designed by Carnegie Mellon University can help you discover your top 5 values.[1]

Once you have your top 5 values keep them visible. Your brain needs reminders that these are your top values. Here are some ways to make them stick:

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  • Write them on cue cards or notes and post it in your office
  • Take a picture of your values and use it as a screensaver on your phone
  • Put the words on your fridge
  • Add the words on your vision board

Where will your value words be placed in your physical environment so that you have a constant reminder of them?

3. Define Your Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

When writing your short-term and long term life goals, use the SMART framework – Specific Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Treat this as a brainstorming exercise. Your potential and possibilities are limitless.

How you define short-term and long-term is entirely up to you. Short-term can be 30 days, 90 days, or 6 months. Maybe long-term goals are 4 months, 1 year, or 10 years.

Here are a few self-reflection questions to help you write your goals:[2]

  • What would you want to do today if you had the power to make it the way you want?
  • If no hurdles are in the way, what would you like to achieve?
  • If you have the freedom to do whatever you want, what would it be?
  • What type of impact do you want to have on people?
  • Who are the people you most admire? What is it about them or what they have that you’d want for your life or career?
  • What activities energize you? What’s one activity you most love?

Remember to revisit your core values as you refine yours goals:

  • Are your goals in or out of alignment with your core values?
  • What adjustments do you need to make to your goals? Maybe some of your goals can be deleted because they no longer align with your values.
  • How attainable are your goals? Breakdown your goals into digestible pieces.
  • Do your short-term goals move you towards attaining your long-term goals?

Get very clear and specific about your goals. Think about an archer – a person who shoots with a bow and arrows at a target. This person is laser focused on the target – the center of the bullseye. The target is your goal.

By focusing on one goal at a time and having that goal visible, you can behave and act in ways that will move you closer to your goal.

4. Determine Your Top Talents

What did you love doing as a kid? What made these moments fun? What did you have a knack for? What did you most cherish about these times? What are the common themes?

What work feels effortless? What work do you do that doesn’t seem like work? Think about work you can lose track of time doing and you don’t even feel tired of it.[3]

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What are your desires? Try it out. Experiment. Take action and start. How can you incorporate more of this type of work into your daily life?

What themes emerge from your responses? How do your responses compare to your responses from the values exercise and your goals?

What do you notice?

5. Identify ‘Feeling’ Words You Want to Experience

Do you have tendencies to use your head or heart to make decisions?

I have a very strong tendency to make rational, practical, and fact-based decisions using my head. It’s very rare for me to make decisions using my emotions. I was forced to learn how to make more intuitive decisions by listening to my gut when I was struggling with pivotal life decisions. I was forced to feel and listen to my inner voice to make decisions that feel most natural to me. This was very unfamiliar to me, however, it expanded my identity.

Review this list of Feeling Words. Use the same technique you use for the values exercise to narrow down how you want to feel.

Keep these words visible too!

Review your responses. What do you observe? What insights do you gain from these responses and those in the above steps?

6. Be Willing to Sit with Discomfort

Make career decisions aligned with your values, goals, talents and feelings. This is not for the faint hearted. It takes real work, courage and willingness to cut out the noise around you. You’ll need to sit with discomfort for a bit until you build up your muscle to hit the targets you want.

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Surround yourself with a supportive network to help you through these times.

“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them” – Rumi

7. Manage Your Own Career

Not to be cynical, but no one can make you happy but yourself. If you don’t take control of your career and manage it like your own business – no one will.

Discern between things that you can control and what you can’t control. For example, you may not be able to control who gets a promotion. However, you can control how you react to it and what you’ve learned about yourself in that situation.

Summing Up

For many who have gone through a career change or been impacted by life events, these steps may seem very basic. However, it’s sometimes the basics that we forget to do. The simple things and moments can edge us closer to our larger vision for ourselves.

Staying present and appreciating what you have today can sometimes help you achieve your long-term goals. For example, if you’re always talking about not having enough time and wanting work-life balance, think about what was good in your work day? Maybe you took a walk outside with your co-workers. This could be a small step to help you reframe how you can attain work-life balance.

Remember to take time for yourself. Hit pause, notice, observe and reflect to achieve career success by getting deliberate and intentional:

  1. Define Career Success for Yourself
  2. Know Your Values
  3. Define Your Short-Term and Long-Term Life and Goals
  4. Determine Your Top Talents
  5. Identify ‘Feeling’ Words You Want to Experience
  6. Be Willing to sit with Discomfort
  7. Manage Your Own Career

“When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.” – Lolly Daskal

Good luck and best wishes always!

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