GET YOUR TECH RIGHT. Technology continues to be at the forefront of small business. It’s a thrive, survive or get pushed to the side, kind of thing. But how does someone get better at tech? How do you Raise Your Technology IQ? With so much information out there it’s hard to get started. To know where to jump in. Still, it’s important to do. Raising your technology IQ isn’t just about you. It’s about your business. So add your staff and you clients into the mix. For a modern business to grow and succeed you, your staff and your clients will need to raise your collective technology IQ. So how do you do that?
Not another sports analogy. Teams. Roles. Both important things when you’re trying to grow your business. Every team needs a coach. I was talking with a friend the other day about teams. He loves the concept of autonomous teams. Teams where everyone is pumping at full steam. But what happens when teams struggle? What happens if your team loses a few games? What happens when your team is in a slump?
The odds are in your favor. Hiring can be an adventure. It gives you the opportunity to meet new people. It gives you insight into other how other businesses are ran. How they treat their people. And all sorts of other experience, education and exposure. Over the years I have spent a lot of time honing my hiring chops. But one thing holds true.
One bad apple spoils the tree. I once worked with a client that reached 100 employees. The COO was doing all of the hiring and so she decided it was time to hire an HR person. She hired wrong. There is really no other way to put it. The new HR person rude was rude, unprofessional and generally not a nice person to work with.
Sometimes the obvious is not so obvious. Self-improvement is a huge market. Watch just one video on YouTube about anything entrepreneurial and your feed will instantly be filled with self-proclaimed gurus ready to help you take your life to the next level. Buy my book. Take my course. Sign up for my program. The offers are endless.
How do you eat an elephant? The myth of long range planning. From our youth we’re told we need to have a plan. That we need to know where we’re going. That we need to set long-range goals. And that we need to work towards them. The problem is this. For the most part. Long-range goals don’t work. Now let’s not confuse vision with long range goals. A vision is guided by a much deeper drive.
You will get there eventually. One of the biggest challenges when trying to grow as an individual or a business is fear. Fear of change or fear of failure. They’re both close cousins. One big challenge of implementing new technology into a business is overcoming the mindset of… What if it fails? This mindset of failure is entrenched in our society. It is a mindset that is instilled in us from youth. And it’s a cancer in the business world.