Don’t Be A Heavy Cloud

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Have you noticed that, when the sun is shining and the skies are blue all the way to the horizon, and when there’s a warm, caressing breeze in the air, all of the sudden you gain a little skip in your step?

Okay, maybe not a skip, but you know what I mean. On days that look magical you feel different – your level of optimism, confidence and happiness seems to increase all of a sudden.

What you’re experiencing on such a day is not actually magical – it’s biological.

As humans, whether we are the business owner or business employees, the weather affects us. Sunshine, or simply light, can reduce people’s level of depression, and, believe me, working long hours with little or no natural sunlight is a recipe for a biological disaster.

I have chosen to live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, I moved here from another beautiful place…but it had a Very Different climate.

I usually start my day with a walk at the beach. I love watching the sun rise…I can feel the warmth increasing as the sun jumps out of the ocean. As I’m writing this that means an early start as the sun rises at 5am…and will be getting earlier and earlier as we head toward summer. For me it’s the best way to start my day and ensures that I feel great about the day ahead.

I speak to a lot of business owners who are the first to arrive at their business and the last to leave…setting a good example is often what I hear them say. But this work ethic doesn’t make us better, it makes us worse on so many levels!

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that a business owner working long hours can’t make a lot of money, they can. But you have to ask yourself at ‘what cost?’.

It always amuses me how people work hard all of their lives, missing out on good health, good relationships, good time away only to retire and then spend all of their hard earned money trying to stay alive and away from hospitals and doctors. It’s the ultimate human irony. And it should never be that way, not for business owners or employees. We’ve been sold a big lie. Don’t buy into it.

The first business I developed on the Sunshine Coast was a removals company…called Ab Fab.

When the weather was good the team were always happier. Our customers were happier too. it’s never fun to move in the rain

Good weather DOES make you feel better, and when you feel better, you work better, your businesses results are better – it’s as simple as that.

Good weather produced better energy within your team, which means they get more work done as a result – working through any problems they face a lot quicker, so the jobs become more profitable.

BUT, what happens to all of this when the weather turns bad?

Well, we know that we can’t control the ‘external sunshine’, but is there such a thing as ‘internal sunshine’? And if there is, can we control it?

I have to answer these questions with a resounding ‘YES!’ and ‘YES!’

External sunshine gives the planet energy to live and to thrive. But what happens to our workplace when there is no sunshine to speak of for a day, a week, a month, a quarter or even a whole year? Then what?

That’s when we need to create our own ‘internal sunshine’, regardless of what the weather is doing to us externally.

How does this work in your business? Your business reflects YOU.

Consider this: if you walk in all grumpy and down, no matter how positive your employees are, you will dampen their mood in an instant. You become the big, dark cloud!

It’s the same effect that we feel when the sun disappears behind a cloud. We go from warm and excited to cold and worried.

You are the internal sunshine or the internal cloud -it’s your choice.

If you’re thinking that a sour face communicates to your employees that they had better not be slacking off when you’re not around, then you’ve not worked out how we humans work best.

I’m not saying you should be the internal sunshine even when an employee has broken the company rules – be a cloud then – but don’t be a cloud all of the time. Eventually everyone in the business will leave, even your partner, because no one can stand bad weather indefinitely – not when there are other, more sunny options available.

Working long hours with a feeling that nobody appreciates how much you do ensures that you almost always bring internal clouds to your workplace.

Think about it.

You’re tired, no one has worked as hard or as long as you. The bills are mounting, the cash flow is always stretched, the customers are demanding and the employees can’t live up to your expectations. Of course you’re going to go to work the next day as the internal cloud.

Break free from the ‘working hard’ mentality and watch how you transform to become the internal sunshine at your business and how that not only keeps your best employees, but also attracts other talent who are running away from their boss’s black cloud thinking.

Here’s what a Grow Business Grow client and owner of an electrical company has decided to do as a result of this strategy:
It’s important for Jake that his team starts off the day in good spirits.

So, when the weather outside is bad, Jake now comes into the workplace with their favourite muffins bought from the local store.

You should see the energy change in everyone’s face when they see Jake walk in. They have a twelve minute, stand up meeting to go over the day’s schedule with him and his wife, Jenny, they all get to eat their muffins, have a warm drink and then head off for the day.

Jake was the internal sunshine they were missing. Jake has full control of his business’ internal weather. So do you.

People around you will do more for you and your business without introducing penalties and harsh consequences when you turn on the internal sunshine for them.

Make it a new habit and watch how your business achieves more with less effort by you.

Our way of doing things is unique and it’s why it produces unique results for our clients…

We would love the opportunity to help you clear your head on what is the right way for you to accelerate your business… 

We highly recommend you watch this step-by-step case study of how we grew Beefy’s Pies into a Famous Aussie Icon from a small stressed out bakery into a family owned chain. Click here to get all the insights into their success…

Or if you have heard enough about how we work with our small business owners, then let’s have an off the record chat about your current situation and see what we can do to immediately guide you…click this link to see what time best suits you.

P.S. Ask if our Boardroom Program intake is open for enrolments…It works best for business owners who see the benefit of having us on as their ‘external partner’ so that they are not alone in the day to day decisions of their business. 

One of the most valuable activities you can do as a business owner and sales professional is to build relationships with people. High quality relationships are not built around a desk.

Try this: Identify the biggest 20% of the relationships you have in your business and go out there and talk to them. Get rid of your desk for 14 days and do just that.

Connect up with your top clients/prospects/centres of influence and see what comes of it. I assure you, you’ll get rid of your desk in an instant on the 15th day.

My accountant did just that, except he didn’t wait until the 15th day. He did it on the first day he heard about this lesson.

It’s what I truly admire about him. Many people over-analyseo an idea, and they do that as a habit over many things in their business. As a consequence they delay progress. They become their own worst enemies in moving their business forward.

Here’s what my accountant did:

Despite having a schedule full of client appointments the next day, it didn’t stop him from removing his desk, removing all shelving, removing all cabinets and removing all traces of paperwork. All he had left in the room was his trusty whiteboard on the wall and four chairs.

No desk.

 

 

Our way of doing things may or may not be right for you…

Either way, it’s always good to get a second opinion on your business situation.

Let’s have an off the record chat about your current situation…click this link to see what time best suits you.

Wayne Hutcheson

P.S. Ask if our Boardroom Program intake is open for enrolments…limited to 8 Businesses.

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About the Author:

Wayne Hutcheson is a Coach of the highly regarded Grow Business Grow Boardroom Program. He works closely with a hand full of clients to help them achieve growth in their business and to enjoy 'guilt-free' time away from their business without it affecting their profitability.
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