One third of Brits eat the same lunch every day. 17% of us have had the same lunch for 2 years. Whilst there’s obviously nothing wrong with liking cheese and onion sandwiches ever day, being a creature of habit in business can be a good thing. It’s reminded me of the 7 Habits of Business Success:
1: Cultivate inner networks, by identifying and building relationships with key peers, mentors and advisors.
2: Become customer centric, focusing away from business and profit towards what you can do to improve the lives of your customers. To do this you’ll need to fully understand the range of your customers’ wants and needs.
3: Act with humble honesty by acknowledging your own strengths and weaknesses, and then focusing on your strengths.
4: Foster adaptability because nothing ever goes according to plan. Like life, business is full of surprises and unforeseen events so the ability to respond to changes without being paralysed is essential.
5: Focus on opportunities, not the threats, as problems are a regular part of business life.
6: Find a better way to make your business more productive – possibly through technology, automation, outsourcing or improving business processes. Increased productivity enables you to focus on the critical issues that drive sales and profit.
7: Balance lifestyle management so that the business does not take control of your life. All work and no play will not end well.
Alternatively, here are another 7 habits which give you a rather different set of issues to handle:
- Get up early
- Focus on the important first
- Obsess over value – not obsess over the customer
- Take care of the human, with exercise, healthy eating and rest
- Fill the gaps by understanding your customers and keep asking what is missing from your own offering
- Get out of the office
- Love to learn, and love to teach
Which set of 7 habits makes most sense to you?