You just may be leading from a position of biased SMB business vision. Think about it.
In order to make decisions, you need information. Who, what, when, where and – most significantly – why are you trusting the sources of your information? Because information becomes the data upon which you make strategic and tactical business and operational decisions.
And when decision making resources are myopic, information becomes biased.
- Are you the leader of a SMB (small to midsized business)?
- How would you rate the quality of information you and your employees have access to?
- In fact, do you have a system in place that stores knowledge?
- In addition, do your employees know how to gather both qualitative insights as well as quantitative information needed to run your business successfully?
Unfortunately, biased SMB business vision starts with biased information.
When your trusted resources – who may be family members who sit on your board – as well as employees, are incompletely informed, your business short sells itself to clients.
Decisions are based on anecdotal information (“Well, what did we do the last time, can you remember?”) rather than informational (“Industry trends suggest we lag in these key areas.”) What your organization considers as “data” may be one article, or opinion, that supports someone’s position rather than objective assessment.
As a result, you shortchange the intellectual capital – and value – you bring to your own business table, let alone your clients’.
Take these steps to liberate your company from biased SMB business vision.
The first step starts with developing a relentlessly curious culture, one focused on “What’s Next?” versus “Ah! That’s Comfortable.”
The next step fosters healthy skepticism throughout your workforce, targeting what’s uncomfortable when solving problems, in order to create tomorrow’s value.
Then, take a good look at your workforce development strategy, including leadership. Are you hiring and reinforcing professional incompetence rather than innovation? How competitively sustainable is that strategy for fueling future business momentum?
Then retool, recalibrate and hit the “Reset” button. Learn how to create a beta project, select a beta team and get to work moving beyond your biased SMB business vision. You are better that your current output. In fact, you are capable of consistently creating remarkable outcomes on behalf of clients.
Interested in learning how to put this strategy into place in your SMB? Then it’s time for us to chat. Hit this link and let’s get started!
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Babette Ten Haken | Change Catalyst | Purpose-Driven Professional Innovation | Cross-Functional Team Leadership | Trust-Based Client Retention | In Person & Virtual Speaker, Consultant, Coach, Author |
Babette Ten Haken, Founder & President of One Millimeter Mindset™ Speaking & Consulting, catalyzes trust-based, purpose-driven, cross-functional leadership. She leverages Voice of the Customer and storytelling to translate across communication and collaboration disconnects impacting successful business outcomes across people and professional disciplines. Babette is a cross-functional business-oriented STEM professional, qualitative Voice of the Customer facilitator, and Six Sigma Green Belt (Quality). She is a member of the ASQ, SHRM, PMI, the National Speakers Association. Her playbook of cross-functional collaboration, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon.com. Contact Babette here. Image source: Adobe Stock.