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Archive entries for: Feb-2011

Resistance is Futile!

Categories:  Business Coaching, Being on purpose, Life Balance and Wellbeing

I was watching an old episode of Star Trek Voyager the other day where the crew had a chance meeting with The Borg.  Now those trekkies amongst you will know that these are a particularly unpleasant group that grows their community by assimilating other species while chanting “Resistance is futile”.  Firstly let me assure you, I have no designs on assimilation; it just struck me that the phrase illustrates perfectly the need for adaptation and flexibility in business.

The fact is organisations that resist change will get left behind by those that move with the times and are willing to adapt to keep ahead of the game.  The most successful people and organisations see opportunities, even in the bleakest times and what’s more they take advantage of those that arise, even if this means making changes.  Let’s face it change can be painful; after all it’s easier to maintain the status quo, but the reality is that nothing happens without action.

As a coach my job is to help organisations identify the appropriate changes required to take their businesses forward and grow, even in difficult economic times.  I’ve had to adopt the same strategies for my own business and trust me they work – I’m still here!!

To deal efficiently and effectively with the transitions…

  • Focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want
  • Be clear about your goals and why you want them
  • Check that these goals are aligned with your values – are they really important enough to you?
  • Review where you are in relation to where you want to be and identify the gaps
  • Set yourself a plan of action
  • Focus on the profit producing tasks
  • Take time out to work on your business, rather than just in it
  • Get support – find a peer group or mentor to challenge, motivate and inspire you

And most importantly of all TAKE ACTION!

If you find yourself frustrated, anxious or in ‘pain’ look at it positively as it’s usually a good catalyst for action.

Remember, resistance is futile – ring in the changes and make things happen.

Jacky Leonard