From Little Things, Big Things Grow

The panellists from our Business Breakfast with Cleveland Rotary – Scott, Tanya and Andrew gave an abundance of excellent advice on how to grow your business and how you can achieve your goals. Check out their Bite Sized Business Brilliance!

  • What does it take?

    Passion and hard work.

  • Say no to the control freak within you.

    Build a team of people who want to be there, who want to do the right thing and who want to succeed.

  • You get the team you deserve.

    Be really clear on what you expect from staff and give them the training to succeed.

  • Perseverance is key!

    Keep sight of your vision.

  • Get out of the doing.

    Stop working in the business and work on the business.

  • Take advice from others.

    Find a business adviser / coach / mentor.

  • Test and measure - Give things a go.

    A commitment to something today, doesn’t mean a commitment for 10 years.

  • You need good systems...

    and you need good people to run the systems.

  • If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not pushing the boundaries enough!

    Plus, you’ll be missing out on a learning opportunity.

  • Drive the team to be problem solvers.

    Get them to go looking for things that could go wrong.  Look under the carpet!

  • Always be open to feedback.

    Good and bad.

  • Beware of persevering too long with the wrong person.

    If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck then it is a duck (so have it for dinner!).

  • Always know who your customers are

  • Instil core values into your business.

    Talk about them all the time – you can never talk about them too much!  It drives the culture and sets expectations of how to treat each other, customers, suppliers, etc.

  • Always hire the better person, even if your business isn’t ready for them.

    It will challenge you to grow.

  • Going through particularly harrowing times builds better businesses.

    Hang in there and embrace the learning opportunity.

  • You’ve just got to jump in.

    Believe you can do it! What’s the worst that can happen?

  • Partnerships are gold.

    The collective is better than the individual.  It’s important to have different strengths and weaknesses, but values have to be completely aligned.  Have clear areas of responsibility and drive each other to be better.  Be very honest from the outset – understand what each partner wants, how much they’re willing to put in and how much they’re willing to work.