As you know, there’s just over a month left in 2018.
But there are 7 things you must do during this short time to ensure your business thrives in 2019:
#7. Complete 2018.
Before the New Year can truly be started, the old one needs to be closed out.
For sure, this often involves administrative, accounting, and other practical matters.
But it also means appreciating the accomplishments and the victories of the past 12 months, and fully mourning the things not done and the defeats.
Celebrations, in the form of holiday parties and travel and technology “sabbaticals” (Getting off the grid!) are great ways to do both.
Quite simply, the benefits of taking the time to “sharpen the saw” through closure should not be underestimated.
#6. Stop the Beeps!
The sometime melancholic end-of-year energy is tailor-made for taking stock, reconnecting with the mission and vision of one’s enterprise, and reflecting on where we wish to go in the New Year.
So this holiday season let’s ignore those never ending texts and e-mails and instead sharpen our focus to distinguish frenetic activity from actual accomplishment.
#5. Get Data.
Reflection and a mission-focused mindset are great, but when combined with accurate business metrics and data-driven decision making, magic happens.
Proof of this will come to many of us in the next few weeks in the form of a little (or hopefully big!) brown box.
A company that has built an ecommerce empire by combining an overriding customer-centric mission with a total command of its business data and analytics.
Be like them.
#4. Get Help.
This is a golden age of advisory firms that help organizations of all types and sizes find and follow their best and most profitable paths.
The best advisors now combine the complementary aspects of the “CEO Whisperer” approach with the technology – enhanced strategic planning disciplines of traditional management consulting (McKinsey, Bain, BCG, et al).
Just like the best coaches help the best athletes run faster, so do great advisors help organizations succeed more and better than the competition.
#3. No False Choices!
False choices are “logical fallacies that involve situations in which only two alternatives are considered, when in fact there are additional options.”
And for many entrepreneurs and executives around the holiday season, false choices abound.
Like business or family – if we want it enough, all of us have more than enough time and energy for both.
Like ethics or winning – in the short term some folks may “get away with it” but in the long run, in this “online reviews and trails everywhere” world of ours, only the ethical survive and win.
#2. Think Big!
“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.”
– Daniel Hudson Burnham
A fresh, open and inviting year is about to be left in all of our care.
Why not do something big and grand and great with it?
In so many ways, all great breakthroughs have, as their original seed, a childhood imagining.
Let’s use this time of year to re-connect with the sense of awe and wonder of our youth.
And to dream about doing and being something far bigger than we ever have before.
#1. Focus on Opportunities NOT Problems.
My favorite of Peter Drucker’s Eight Practices of highly effective executives is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.
Focusing less on what we don’t have and what we can’t do, and more on what we can and will.
We live in the most magical, global business opportunities – filled time in human history.
Let’s go out and grab them!
To an Awesome Holiday Season for You and Yours!
Give Your Business a Holiday Gift
The holiday season is a natural time to take stock of and pride in the accomplishments of the past year, while developing a steely resolve to profit from the awesome opportunities that the New Year is sure to bring.
For the past 18 years, Growthink has helped companies like yours grow more rapidly by creating comprehensive Growth Plans.
We catalyzed success for clients including:
- Arganteal (software deployment automation) secured $611K in growth capital.
- DNT Express (logistics) secured $2.2M in debt funding for facility expansion.
- FutureFuel (HRTech+FinTech) successful $1.6M financing round.
- Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) acquired our client manufacturing process control company Ometric.
- MPulse (SaaS), acquired by JDM Technology Group.
- NativeAds (digital advertising) closed on a $4M venture financing.
- Permacity, completed the world’s largest solar rooftop project and increased revenue by over 35%.
- PayCertify (fintech), secured $700k in seed funding.
- ViewQwest, launched in Malaysia in Q3 2016 with Indonesia next in line.
What do all of these success stories have in common?
That the entrepreneurs and executives running these great companies understood that whether you’re looking to raise capital, sell your company, expand current market share or enter new markets, having a solid growth plan and roadmap is indispensable.
So, in the spirit of the holiday season between now and December 31st, we would like to give your business the gift of a complimentary consultation with one of our growth advisors to help you identify your most valuable growth initiatives to pursue in 2019 and beyond.
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