Tuesday 20 March 2018

Why you need to be a zebra and a cheetah in business

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How to make sense of the concrete jungle we’re all living in, from family life to work life?  We’re all swimming in the current of life and trying to make people pay attention to us in business, but how can you make that happen?

According to Colby Jubenville, who is a lecturer and mentor in Leadership and Business in Nashville, it’s about standing out from the crowd.  His most recent book, called Zebras & Cheetahs, is about looking different and staying agile in business and the Ready Business show caught up with him on a recent visit to Ireland.

Colby Jubenville and Brian Purcell
Colby Jubenville and Brian Purcell

“Zebras looks differently at themselves and their business, while cheetahs focus on seeing and seizing the opportunity,” explained Jubenville.  “If you want a better outcome, then have a better conversation with yourself and those around you.  It starts with your mindset, starting with do, and making incremental change.”

Another business mentor who couldn’t be further from Nashville but who teaches just as strong a message is Paraic O’Maille from Galway.   He has been helping individuals and organisations realise more of their potential for a number of years through his Smacht Academy and the six key disciplines which he explained in more detail to the Ready Business listeners and which are:

1. Strategy – where am I now, where do I want to go to and how to get there?

2. Measurement – what gets measured gets done

3. Attitude – the right attitude can move mountains

4. Communication – 95% of your business results will be how you communicate

5. Habits - develop good habits & get rid of bad ones

6. Time Management – 5 minutes to plan your day will lead to an hour of more productivity

Each week on the Ready Business podcast we’re also answering your start-up and SME questions giving practical advice on how best to run your business and on this week’s Twitter poll, we asked you what you thought were more important: looking different or staying agile?  71% of you who voted said it was about staying agile.

We’ll be running our Twitter poll every Friday on @independent_ie using the hashtag #readybusinessadvice so don’t forget to let us know the key business issues that you would like us to address.

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