Here are a couple more excerpts from “What If You Could? The Mindset & Business Blueprint for Your Life of Purpose”, coming out later this Spring. A breezy, whimsical read packed with tips on how to create your own luck in life and foster a successful mindset, it’s Co-Authored by Cody May and Neil Morton, entrepreneurs and partners at the global marketing agency StudioPTBO.com.
Get Away from Your Desk
If you can’t see the forest for the trees, interrupt your thought pattern by taking a walk outside.
You don’t need a destination. Just walk by yourself, with your business partner, or select team members. Breathe deeply, discuss the problem, and you’ll gain some clarity.
A few years ago, we got bogged down while building our own agency’s new website. We had had multiple meetings to discuss the website’s look and feel and our process, but weren’t getting anywhere. Months passed with no progress.
Then one day, we went for a coffee walk with our designers. That was the turning point. That conversation clarified why we were struggling—we had been completely overthinking our agency’s project in a way we never did for client projects.
We decided then and there to refocus the website on our key business principles, strip everything down, and declutter its look and feel. We launched a new website that was more robust, less bloated and did a much better job communicating who we are and what we do.
The next time you’re spinning your wheels or your brain is stuck, get up and get some oxygen to refresh your brain.
Focus on Relationships, Not Just Data
Be obsessed with the data that reveals the health of your business, but be equally obsessed with forging emotional connections with your team.
Relationships are the glue of success. Nurture them. Check in with your teammates regularly, ask them how they’re doing, and ask how you can help them succeed.
We check in with every team member, every week. Even 15 to 30 minutes a week is enough.
What gets scheduled gets accomplished. Scheduling and consistent follow-through with weekly check-ins gives your team members an opportunity to have a voice and to make an impact.
Keep at it and your employee retention will be sky high, your teammates will be happy and work better, and your human resources specialist will appreciate you all the more.
Check out more excerpts here.