You do not have to wait until you get an assignment as a Consultant in order to start making the transformation from Contractor to Consultant. Your transformation can start right here, right now in your current assignment as a Contractor.
I came to this realisation when I set out to make this transformation in my own career. I told myself, this is where you can start practicing your consultancy skills; right here, right now in this assignment. I decided that, if I was going to be a Consultant, then I should start thinking and acting as if I already was one. So, how does a good Independent Consultant think and act? Continue reading “Transform from Contractor to Consultant Right Here, Right Now!”
One answer is, “Thousands of EXTRA $dollars$ more in your Pocket!”
After 15 years working as a freelancer in the worlds of IT and Business & Data Modelling throughout Europe, I started branding myself as a Consultant rather than as a Contractor
After I made this change many of my peers and colleagues asked me, Why have you done that? What’s the difference between a consultant and a contractor?
My initial, slightly tongue in cheek, reply was, Thousands of extra dollars in my bank.
Although it is certainly true that operating as an independent Consultant enabled me to significantly raise my fees and generate extra revenue, the real reason I made this change was because I felt that this would enable me to have a much more productive and constructive relationship with all of my clients. Continue reading “What’s the Difference Between Contractor and Consultant?”
Your BRAND is much, much more than just a Logo and a Name. In fact, your brand, encapsulates everything about your business.
Your Brand says everything about your business. To begin with, it will say who you work with; who your ideal customers are.
Do you work with young people, aged 18 to 30 or with older people who are retiring?
Do you work with adventurous people who want to travel or do you work with people who love to stay at home?
Do you work with people who want to improve their health or to have new adventures?
Your brand will embrace all of this. Continue reading “Embracing the Power of your Brand – It's MORE than a NAME & LOGO!”
There’s no such thing as a one-man business. It’s a one-man job.
This was something that I discovered over 35 years ago when I first went freelance. If I was going to succeed in business, I would need a team, because if I didn’t have a team, I wouldn’t have a business, I would merely have a job several jobs in fact.
Now, just having a job is fine, there is no problem with that at all. Lots of people do it and they are just as worthy as people who run businesses.
But, if you have a strong vision and an important message that you want to take to the world, then you won’t have the skills to do so alone. No one person has all of the required skills (or the time) to do all that is required. I know, I’ve tried it and I’ve met lots of other people who I’ve mentored over the years who have tried it. Building your dream team is a vitally empowering step in taking your vision to the world. Continue reading “If you haven't got a TEAM, you haven't got a BUSINESS, you've merely got a JOB!”
There’s No Such Thing as a Complicated Business
In this article, I introduce Step 2 of my Seven-Step Process for creating a Winning, Conscious Enterprise, which is all about harnessing the Power of Simplicity.
Why does simplicity matter? Over the past three-and-a-half decades, I have worked with hundreds of different companies of all sizes, from multinational corporations to mom-and-pop high street stores, in all types of industries, in nine countries on both sides of the globe.
In all of that time, I have never come across a complicated business. What I have come across, however, are businesses run in the most complicated ways imaginable, and there’s no excuse for it. It doesn’t have to be like that. Complexity serves nobody. It doesn’t serve the customer. It doesn’t serve the business. It doesn’t serve the staff. Continue reading “Harnessing the POWER of SIMPLICITY to SUPERCHARGE Your Enterprise”
The World Needs MORE Conscious Enterprises
The world needs more conscious entrepreneurs running conscious enterprises. Because I am passionate about this, over the coming weeks I will unveil a simple, yet powerful, seven-step process that I have developed for creating viable conscious enterprises of any size in any business area.
Creating Your Vision
In this post I introduce the first of the seven steps, which is Create your vision and hold it with passion.
When I say Conscious Enterprise I mean an enterprise that operates in a way that everything it does always serves people and the environment or, if you prefer, humanity and the planet.
The first step in creating a conscious enterprise is Create your vision and hold it with passion.
Every conscious enterprise starts off as a vision in the mind of the founder. Developing such a vision might seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. In this post I describe a simple, yet powerful approach that will enable anybody to create a clear vision for an enterprise that will serve humanity and the planet and also enable the creator to live the life of their dreams.
How do you go about creating and holding such a vision?. Well there are two techniques that I use and I find they’re really powerful. The first of these is called IKIGAI. It’s a Japanese term meaning Purpose of Life and the second is my Five Key Questions. Let’s look at the first, which is IKIGAI. Continue reading “Creating a VISION for a CONSCIOUS ENTERPRISE”
I just may not be your cup of tea!
Over the past four decades I have learned so much from so many great guides and mentors; learning that has made both my business and personal lives so much richer and rewarding. I am so grateful for all these people and this learning and I am passionate about sharing it with as many people as I possibly can through my coaching and mentoring so that they too can enjoy enriched lives.
However, my passion to share with as many people as I possible, has paradoxically, actually limited the number of people that I reach with my message. By trying to attract as many people as possible, I have been inadvertently diluting my true message for fear of frightening some people off.
The result of this was that my watered down message was only attracting a minority of my ideal clients. It also attracted clients who were not my ideal. Although my work with these clients was mutually very beneficial, it was not inspirational. The reason for this was that I could only connect with these clients at the level of head, not at the level of heart and soul. Continue reading “I May Not Be The Right Mentor For You!”
There’s no such thing as a complicated business, only businesses run in complicated ways!
Having worked with hundreds of different businesses in nine different countries on both sides of the globe, I can tell you I have never come across a complicated business.
I have, however, come across businesses, far too many of them, run in the most complicated ways. It doesn’t have to be like that.
What every business owner and executive needs to realise is that complexity is their enemy. Anyone can make something complicated. The real trick is in making it simple because with simplicity comes real power.
In this article, I’m going to talk about some simple, yet very powerful, rules for eliminating complexity from any business of any size.
Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. The real skill is in making things simple. – Richard Branson
People like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, all great entrepreneurs, realise that simplicity beats complexity, hands down. Continue reading “Simplicity Beats Complexity, Hands Down, Every Time”
Looking After Yourself
Your business is important and you spend all your time looking after it. However, without you, your business wouldn’t exist.
Your business is a vehicle to carry your promise to the world. To be able to carry that promise to the world, you need to look after you and make sure that you are physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually fit and healthy.
If you’re not, then you won’t be able to give the energy into your business or to your team to deliver your promise. If you care about your promise, and I know you do, then you must look after yourself.
Your Most Important Business Asset
In this article, I’m going to talk to you about looking after the most important asset in your business, namely, YOU.
Now, you may not be used to doing this, which is where this article comes in. We are going to look at different ways in which we can help you stay fit and healthy. Continue reading “Looking After Your Most Important Asset – YOU!!!”
What is Control and Accountability?
In your business, would you have problems answering any of these questions:
- who should do what?
- when should it be done?
- when was it actually done?
- how was it done?
- who did it?
If so, you need control and accountability. But just what are these and do you avoid getting confused with bureaucracy?
What is Control?
Here is my definition of control.
It’s a means of ensuring that what your business delivers to its customers is totally compatible with what was promised in terms of suitability, quality, ethos, and timeliness.
This is the control over the delivery of your promise to the world. It’s the backbone of your business
What is accountability?
My definition is that it is a means of identifying and defining the person or people within the business who are responsible for carrying out one or more specific tasks in a manner that’s totally compatible with what the business promised in terms of suitability, quality, ethos, ethics, and timeliness, and again, accountability for the delivery of your promise to the world.
Who has control in your business?
Well, that depends on your company culture. It could be that the boss is totally in control, and just autocratically tell the workers what to do, or it could be that the workers are in control and they tell the boss what to do.
Continue reading “Finding It Hard to Control All That Goes On in Your Business?”