The startup life is a tough life to lead, but to become successful, one must be prepared to take the plunge. The main difference between an entrepreneur and a wantrepreneur, is the difference between actually doing something and the want to do something. While one is open to new experiences, the other gets cozy inside their comfort zones. Therefore, confining to comfort zones and not venturing into new areas can be toxic for the company. If you feel overly comfortable with where your company stands at right now, then this article is a must read.
Simply put, a comfort zone is a state of mental security that routine behavior and generalized patterns give to a person. It’s the feeling of being protected from and not exposed to risks of any kind. Humans, in general, are creatures of comfort seeking a neutral state where stress and anxiety are minimal because of a fixed regimen. This sense of familiarity, security and certainty is unhealthy for an individual and for a company.
The first step necessary for moving out of the comfort bubble is to realize the advantages of breaking free. You learn to deal with life better. Every wave in the ocean won’t phase you and you are able to easily sail rough waters. It becomes easier to analyze better, look at the different options and choose the best possible solution or path for yourself and for your company. On the spot decisions, which are a part and parcel of being an entrepreneur become second nature. Taking risks and conquering fears becomes an everyday activity and growth becomes a by product of the company.
Stepping out of your comfort zone involves making a conscious choice to take the harder, riskier route that you would generally avoid. Begin with small changes that won’t majorly affect your lifestyle. Instead of jumping into the deep end and finding out you can’t swim, step into shallower waters and check the temperature of the pool. The basic idea is to place yourself in new arenas. Use a different contractor, try a new approach, use a different tool, try out the latest technology, essentially doing anything you haven’t done before.
If you are unable to make a different decision for yourself then consider other point of views and make snap decisions once in a while until you get used to the idea of experimentation. Flick a coin over smaller decisions, ask people not related to your company for their opinions and eliminate the need to mull over a decision thereby increasing self trust. Debate with your friends, employees, colleagues and staff over new ideas to listen to the different point of views and their pros and cons before coming to a decision. This will also involve the employees in the decision making process and bring in new ideas as two heads are always better than one.
Unless and until you try new options, you won’t know what you are good at, where you can improve and if there’s a better option out there. Saying yes to new choices, volunteering for jobs you are unfamiliar with and slowly pushing your boundaries will let you be comfortable with everything in general, eliminating the need for a narrow and focused safe zone.
Trust yourself to know your limits and take things slow. While entrepreneurship is all about the hustle, big steps can make you fall. Know how far you can push your self before it becomes too much and take baby steps before you attempt the jumps. Learn to walk before you run to finish this journey you have begun.
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How To Keep Your Best Employees Motivated
Employees are the backbone of any organization. Good employees provide the added muscle required to do the heavy lifting. However, good employees do not last for long in one company if they are not treated fairly. Here’s a checklist of things managers and management can do in order to retain the hard workers and keep them happy.
Give them room
Give them the space to grow and do their own thing. Good employees generally think out of the box and go the extra mile to make sure their work is up to the mark. In order for them to provide the best results, give them room to develop on their own but help them by providing them a road map and the necessary tools and support. Once you leave them be, they work harder to prove themselves to the rest of the world.
Have open channels of communication with all the employees. Let them be a part of the decision making process. Only if they believe they are a part of something bigger will they also be involved in the company. Hold weekly or monthly company wide staff meetings, discuss the growth metrics and come up with ideas for the week or month. Communication and feedback make employees feel valued and their work appreciated.
Unless employees feel a sense of responsibility towards their work, they would not have the urge to do more. Delegate responsibility to the employees and monitor their growth. It has been proven time and again pointing out opportunities to individuals within the company creates a much greater workforce stability. Added responsibility boosts productivity and allows employees to find purpose in their work.
Reward the work good employees do in order to motivate and encourage them to do better. Incentives send the message the management is keeping track of employees work and is keenly following their development in the company. Incentives, rewards and recognition improve employee engagement, individual performances and attract high potential employees. Retain the good employees by letting them know there is something in store for them as well and it is not just a one way street.
Good employees tend to get bored with routine work and like to be challenged regularly. It is impossible to grow if there are no challenges at work. As a company, try to maintain a culture that embraces and encourages challenges rather than floating along on autopilot mode. Challenges pave the way for innovation and improvement by testing various workflows and finding a system that works for everyone.
When employees are made to feel cared for, their career is nurtured and their needs are met, they will serve the organization well. It is important to place trust in the employees, let them take the lead and appreciate their efforts to retain employees and motivate the best ones.
How To Make Clients To Fall In Love With You
There are several ways to make people fall in love with you, especially if you have hard to please clients. While there are several tried and tested ways of getting your clients to like you, the trick is to think of your clients as the object of your affections and dreams.
Think about what happens to you when you fall in love. You’re happy, giddy and excited. Your face carries a perpetual smile and your stride has a bit more bounce to it. Especially, when you’re in love, you can’t help but share your good news to everyone. Telling your friends adds the cherry on the top of this delicious cake. Well, in all honesty, client relationships are very similar to this. You want them to be attracted you and your product, be exclusively in a profitable relationship with you and to tell all of their contacts about you! If you are still confused, then here are a few tricks you could use to seal the deal with your clients!
1. Look into their eyes
Gaze at them, giving all your attention. Do not stare into their eyes like a creep. Look into their eyes with honesty, feeling and a sense of understanding. This helps in showing your clients that you truly get what they want and you are sincere about their needs.
2. Make the connection sizzle
You know there are moments where you feel that burst of electricity when you’re with the person of your dreams? Yes. We know. We feel it too. To make things sizzle with your clients, then the same old things just aren’t going to make the cut. Let your clients know you can keep things exciting, fresh and on their toes every time! Make the client feel special, as if they are your sole customer! Cater to their needs in a timely manner, keeping them apprised of the timelines and deadlines. In essence, communicate and connect!
3. Keep the mystery going
With your loved one, a little surprise and delight never hurt, as you continually are able to keep it fresh. A gift for no reason? Yes, please. A spontaneous weekend getaway? Why not? A surprise party with family for a big birthday? Talk about feeling appreciated. Customers are no different. Send them an unexpected “thank you” note or a care package!
4. Always stay in touch
Be honest and true in all of your dealings. Make your client feel you are the best and only game in town! To know you is to love you! Let this be the mantra your clients chant — which hopefully would lead to a long standing and profitable relationship for both of you.
How To Deal With Difficult People At Work
As one of the most evolved species in the evolution chain, we humans have a knack for understanding individual traits with precision. While it is often easy enough to distinguish from one another in most aspects of our lives, it can be challenging to do so on the professional front. There are several types of people who you encounter on a regular basis at work, making it hard to distinguish one feature from another. If you still aren’t able to figure out individual characteristics to be aware of, then this list might just help you!
1. The Narcissists
You know the kind of people whose words start with I and end with Me? Yeah, you know who I mean. The people who really don’t do a lot, but get noticed anyway because of the way always go on about themselves? These people fall into the bracket called the narcissist. Unfortunately, because the rest of the workforce doesn’t know how to deal with them, they are pushed into leadership roles. How do you deal with them, then? By beating them at their own game of course!
2. The passive aggressive people
Passive aggressiveness is a form of anger, but not an outright form. You may be tempted to try and get to the bottom of what’s making them angry and try to resolve the problem. But from personal experience, do not go there! They will promise to help you with a project but then they don’t. Or they’ll show up 15 minutes late. They always drive everyone crazy at the end of the day and you’re left wondering what you could have done differently. If you just have to work with them, then try turning your aggression up a notch. Always gets them in the wrong places and the output of your work is usually perfect!
3. The guilt trippers
Guilt trippers lay on the emotions way too strong. Its like you know you were guilty, but when they start telling you what they think, you’ve lost the game altogether. If you’re working with a colleague who’s like this, then the best way to deal with them is to divide your work equally. This helps in creating balance and ensuring the blame game isn’t possible! You win. They win. The project wins!
4. The Whiner
You know how you have worked really hard on a project and deserved recognition for the amount of effort you put into the task? Yes. That seems fair. However, there’s always this other person’s voice in the background (no. Not your subconscious,) which keeps cribbing about how they would have been perfect with this project but just weren’t given the chance to prove themselves? These are the whiners. They will cry. They will crib. They will make life hell for you and your team because they just couldn’t speak up. So the next time you hear a whiner crying, give them a harder task and make it an ultimatum of sorts! Pressure really does help!
If you are working with people like this, then make sure your boundaries are just yours and that you have made your 9 to 5 hours comfortable! If you have other kinds of people you deal with, then please comment and let us know!
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