Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Anyone, anywhere, can dream and achieve a BHAG

One of my heroes was Buckminster Fuller.


There's nothing like a 'BHAG' (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) to inspire us.

Because of the Internet and digital revolution, anyone, anywhere, can dream and achieve BHAG's.

For the longest time there were landowners and farm workers.

Then there were industrialists and factory workers.

It's clear of course who was powerful and who was powerless.

Then, for a short time there were information experts and knowledge workers which meant less people feeling powerless.

Today we are living in the greatest entrepreneurial revolution in history. There's entrepreneurs dreaming and achieving their BHAG's everywhere. It's a game-changer for anyone feeling powerless.

The most successful entrepreneurs I observe are also Insightpreneurs and Differencemakers. These folk are literally changing our world.

Insightpreneurs are experts at turning information into insight, into inspiration, into ideas, into innovation, fast.


Differencemakers innovate for the good of people and our planet. 

And Insightpreneurs and Differencemakers see technology as a key to enhancing the human experience, not as a be all and end all within itself.

Here's 5 key observations I've made from working with these two special kinds of entrepreneurs:

1) Purpose driven

I put this as follows: Profit is not a reason for being in business, rather a result of being good at business.

Focus on your reason, your why. As you do this apply common sense. Likely your results will take care of themselves.

Google purpose driven business and then take action in your own way.

2) Employees are first, customers second

Google employees first, customers second, and take action in your own way.

3) Know the difference between doing the hard work and working hard

I'm not against hard work and have a strong work ethic. All my clients are the same. There's a big difference though between working hard and doing the hard work.

A lot of the hard work in business is to do with building and sustaining relationships of high value and mutual reward.

Invest heavily in relationships. Start with how you communicate and converse. Agree on boundaries, and let people work out how to get on with the tasks.

4) Value delivery is the name of the game

All your stakeholders demand, desire and feel that they deserve certain things. I call them must haves, should haves, and nice to haves.

The taxi industry failed to understand this and UBER continues to take their customers.

Find out precisely what all your stakeholders demand, desire and feel that they deserve and provide it. And surprise them every now and then with value they didn't expect.

Price is what you pay.
Value is what you get.
Warren Buffet

5) Life/work balance is nonsense. Life/work harmony is achievable.

Work whenever you want and need to. Just make certain your family and your friends matter more.

Here's my 11 laws for life/work harmony.

Be remarkable.
Ian

Celebrating 25 years in 2016 of working with 'salt of the earth' leaders, who work bloody hard, and are looking for ways to do less, yet achieve better business results, while living a vital and fulfilling personal life.

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