Why launch a blog about career generalists when it has little to do with our core business? It’s not as far-fetched an idea as you might think. This introduction will explain what I’m doing by transitioning this blog and why I’m doing it.
Entrepreneurs (or small business owners) with positive attitudes are hopeful and confident about the future success of the businesses they start, regardless of the challenging circumstances of the present.
It’s hardly breaking news, but most surveys indicate individuals prefer to work with someone who is positive rather than negative. What is interesting is that a more positive attitude can dramatically improve the decisions we make, the opportunities we pursue, the people we connect with, the focus on our current mission, the determination to continue learning, and the level of our performance.
There is an inevitable connection between self-confidence and business success. Those who struggle with inadequacies, whether real or imagined, often find it difficult to succeed. In contrast, confident individuals stand tall and proud as they manage stressful situations.
Little things usually blow over, but when you mess up “big time,” you can lose credibility with your stakeholders, lenders, vendors, and even customers/clients. Whenever this happens at work, it can be difficult to regain the credibility you’ve lost.
You may have taken a “short-cut” to get something done quickly, and now you’re in trouble. Maybe you didn’t handle a customer’s problem adequately, and now the account is in jeopardy. Perhaps you took a significant risk, it proved disastrous, and now your employer is considering your possible termination.
There are numerous tools and systems available to support better time management. Unfortunately, too many entrepreneurs understand the details of their business but cannot seem to grasp that a lack of organization can sabotage their success.
You started a business, and you need your network of clients, prospects, and supporters to have confidence in you. No one has confidence in a disorganized business owner. Seriously: Once you become known for being disorganized – No one is going to have confidence in you. That’s not good for you and could be disastrous for your business.
Building a small business means coping with stressful situations daily. As stress continues, it hinders the ability to focus or think clearly. The inability to think clearly can lead to bad business decisions that can negatively affect your business’s growth and development. The more stress you experience, the more frustrated and impatient you may feel, which can increase your stress even further. Likewise, the adverse effects of increased stress will prove detrimental to the business, and your health if this increase remains unchecked.
No one is immune to making mistakes—it’s universal among human beings. However, it’s the determination and ability to overcome our mistakes that distinguishes some in business as exceptional. Successful business and organizational leaders learn how to manage their mistakes objectively. They logically accept their fallibility and are prepared to overcome potential problems they may have unintentionally created. Unfortunately, when I hear employees and management acknowledge mistakes in the workplace, too often, their reason for doing so is to blame someone else.
More organizations are augmenting the traditional criteria for advancement to management roles in an increasingly competitive business environment. Obviously, technical skills, past employee performance, and tenure are all crucial factors, but they’re no longer sufficient for determining management potential.
Career Transitions can be as simple as progressing from one job to another in the same organization. Unfortunately, they can also involve unemployment, loss of income, relocation, learning new skills, and other significant challenges.
Fears begin early in our lives. We don’t like to think of ourselves as fearful, but we’re all afraid of certain things. If we’re honest with ourselves, we know this has been true since childhood.