building your best business masterclass
- WHO – anyone who wants to start their own business, become a success in business and their careers, and who wants to grow into an exceptional leader
- WHAT – an online masterclass or live/virtual masterclass workshop
- WHEN – whenever you choose from September 2021
- WHERE – anywhere you have reliable internet connectivity
- HOW – from September 2021 you can either enroll into the online masterclass or you can attend a live/virtual masterclass workshop
- WHY – to give yourself the necessary insights into how to become the best you in business, and to get your business foundation right from the outset
Did you know that there are billionaires that do not have college degrees, and did you know that Sir Richard Branson dropped out of high school at the age of 16 because of his dyslexia, but that didn’t stop him from owning multiple businesses and being worth around $4.4 billion (2021)? So, what excuses are holding you back from fulfilling your business dreams?
Some billionaires have gone broke or declared bankruptcy, and the average millionaire goes bankrupt at least 3.5 times. Did they give up when this happened? No. They just carried on finding other ways to conduct their businesses until they found that sweet spot – the winning formula to make it happen. Of course, they are who they are, and you are who you are – but one think we all have in common is – we all have the freedom to choose to give up or keep on going. This does not mean starting over, it just means you have to find another way for things to work. Don’t ever let your fears or failures hold you back.
Upon research into examining the 362 billionaires whose education records were available, 44 were college dropouts; in other words, only 12.2 percent of billionaires dropped out of school. My top 3 billionaires that do not have a college degree (kind of like playing Ripley’s Believe it or Not) are:
- Bill Gates (Microsoft)
- The late Steve Jobs (Apple)
- Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
However, what you need to pay careful attention to is that all 3 had very good reasons to do so. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg both dropped out of college to focus on their businesses, and the late Steve Jobs dropped out of college to pursue other class interests (such as a calligraphy class). In short, they all had other focal point of interests. I am sharing this so that you can see that there are many ways to become great in business – find the focal point for you (it could even be doing this masterclass to help steer you in the right direction), and then follow that. You can do this!
vision, direction and planning
The most important thing to remember when setting a vision and direction for your business is – you are not alone. You have resources, all be they internal or external to your business. Use them. You might experience creative differences, opposing ideas and even conflicting timelines, but in the end, if you want to go fast – go alone; if you want to go far – go together. Decide what works for you, and take that route.
Communication is a primary focus here – be clear on what you want to achieve and how you propose on getting there. What are the stepping stones you want to take? Not only will we focus on vision, direction and planning in this module, but we will focus on communication and how to eliminate barriers to communication.
Without a vision, people wander aimlessly. They have no focus or clear direction. The old adage stands – if you don’t know where you are going, you will get there fast.
I refer to razor-sharp vision as being eagle-focused. Did you know that an eagle can see something the size of a rabbit at more than three miles away and that they can hunt even tiny prey from hundreds of feet up in the air? They can see clearly about eight times as far as humans can. Now this is what I want. Eagle vision. To be able to see clearly into the foreseeable future as to possible challenges that need mitigation.
Before you can have a direction to move in, you need to define your vision, how you are going to achieve this, and then take the necessary action to head in that direction.
strategies, policies and procedures
Who sets the strategies, policies and procedures in your business? Do you have focus groups, or do you autocratically decide on these? It is well established that people battle with trust in the workplace. They keep their ideas to themselves for fear of either been ridiculed, or just in case someone ‘steals’ their idea and ‘gets all the glory’. These are ego-based issues which needs to be resolved right at the outset. It is not about you or the person next to you. It is about the team. The collective whole.
Strategies, policies and procedures should be well-documented, and there should be joint input from all people effected by the proposed strategy, policy or procedure. Oftentimes the best advice comes from the people at ground level.
A business strategy is the means by which an organization sets out to achieve its desired objectives. It can be described as long-term business planning. It is about how people throughout the business should make decisions and allocate resources in order to accomplish key objectives. Three levels of strategy are:
- Corporate level strategy: What do you want to achieve?
- Business unit level strategy: How are you going to compete?
- Market level strategy: How are you going to grow?
competencies of our leaders of tomorrow
There are many astute business leaders and employees who know the power of the mind and their emotions. Many people have the academic know-how, but life is not just a piece of paper or your scoring on an IQ test. Your intelligence quota is one thing, but what is needed is your ability to blend your mindset, emotional intelligence and business acumen into one coherent unit.
Everyone in the organization needs to be the master of their own mind/thoughts, emotional maturity, and have the necessary skills, aptitude and attitude to operate in the world of business. They should be invested in their own growth and not leave this up to someone else to do for them.
This masterclass brings these three dynamics together and gives you the tools to tap into the power of your mind, emotions and business acumen.
We will be looking at competencies that our leaders of tomorrow will have to have in order to achieve the performance output required of them. You might be strong in some areas, and need improvement in other areas. This is great. Emotional intelligence allows you to identify these areas of growth without guilt or shame. You are not here to be perfect. You are here to be the best you that you are. Take constructive criticism with gratitude, as this will help you forge your own path to becoming a better leader, and a great leader to lead others into the future.
Emotionally intelligent leaders know that they are not competing with anyone. Their function is to lead, and to lead with compassion, clarity and equality for all.