Business Implementation: Dormant seeds (Part 2)


Some business plans are excellent, but due to various factors, it might not be practical to implement some of them at certain times. Factors affecting this may include, the financial or physical disposition in terms of the originator’s time and resources.

One person once said that “the worst thing that can happen to a person is for him to become successful before he is ready”. It is not the actual resources that determine whether a person will succeed in any given venture or not, because resources in nature are temporal in that whatever is in this earth will pass away.

If you take this into account, then it is easy to realize that conditions or micro climates as those in a greenhouse scenario can be created in order to suit the needs of your business.

The successful implementation of a business model depends on the drive that the initiator of the model has. In the bible there is a king that was asked to thrash the floor with an arrow, instead of thrashing the floor several times signifying  the assault on his enemies, he did it only thrice and as a result he realized a victory that was way below the capacity that God had intended upon his life.

The same thing applies to the successful implementation of business models in our lives. We are all equipped with knowledge in certain unique, and sometimes not so unique areas of business, but it is important to note that we each have our own unique way of doing sometimes even the same things.

That is why in life some people realize more successes than others. It is the degree to which you implement the plans that are sown into you that determines whether you will succeed or not.

Usually, timing is useful but it does not constitute the total success or failure of the venture.

However, some models are heavily dependent on certain laws and circumstances for example the money market in Zimbabwe in the late 2008 period was a total disaster with investment in it at that time virtually impossible.

Fund investors reliant haevily in this sector were badly impacted, but this was a temporal scenario, with the introduction of multicurrency trading in Zimbabwe leading to an improvement in the trading conditions.

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The Root (Part 3): Support System


The most essential thing that you have to understand about one of the most essential parts of a plant, “the root” is to understand that it has the massive backing of the plant.

In business, you have to realise that you need to take care of your business in order for it to take care of you. If you are to reap any fruits from the investment input into your business you have to ensure that its internal clockwork and functions are at their optimal point.

Some plants can easily be reproduced by making cuttings from the parent plant. The new plant/cutting, continues to survive for a short while without some of the most essential elements as the roots and leaves.

It would not be a wise thing for a plant to assume that it can continue to operate in such a way for a long time.

There comes a point in the new plant’s “reasoning” that the plant realises that it has been separated from its source of nutrition and the time has come to develop an independant system.

If the plant fails to produce the necessary organs such as the leaves and roots because it thinks it is still alive, it will suddenly wake up one day and the internal storage would have been exhausted subsequently leading to its wilting and death.

If you neglect the most essential drivers of your business as it reaches its maturity, it may suddenly whilt and die on you. And you wonder what happened.

The business would have been operating very well for the last 12-15 months and because the systems in place appear to be operating very well. There is need to continualy review the systems in place and assess the functions, viability and overall feasibility going forward.

There is a need to continually review each and every function to make sure that it is well catered for and is able to perform its function to the best of its capability.

Some things that were efficient whilst you were serving five or ten clients may no longer be as feasible when there are now 25 to thirty clients.

New equipment may need to be purchased, vehicles acquired, software upgraded, buildings upgraded and refurbished. There are so many intricate details depending on the type of business that you have to look out for as you progress in business.

The bible says “do not restrict the horse that treads the corn.” There are certain “perks” that are derived from working in certain industries, at times these appear to be irrelevant to the operations of the business.

However they offer a certain level of satisfaction and quality of life to the employee.
These need to be regulated in order to ensure that the company suffers minimal loss from these activities but gains in improved perfomance from the employee. They can be used as moral boosters and perfomance enhancers ensuring that the core objectives of the business are achieved.

They say a hungry man is an angry man, this is obvious in many day to day business activities in a lot of our companies. We have seen industries being brought to their knees because the employees have been neglected.

The key unit of any business are its employees and if they are mistreated or given a package that is below the standard that a normal being can operate under, then the business owner is simply sitting on a ticking time bomb.

It is only a matter of time before the employee bomb explodes on it.
I am continually amazed at employers who choose to neglect and abuse their employees through poor pay packages as compared to the actual business net revenue and poor working conditions.

Whilst a dollar here and there is saved in the short run by employing strategies that disadvantage the employee, an employer should be wary because watering down the wine is a dangerous strategy.

Shortcuts in business are the quickest way to failure.

A strong, secure, solid employee root base ensures that the business system is founded on a solid rock.

Redeeming Destiny:3-Through Prayer


“Dear Lord

Sometimes when l look at the ocean before me; all blue and deep l wonder if l will ever cross over. When l look at its angry waves coiling in circles and threatening to swallow me, l wonder if l will cross over. When l come face to face with the deep abyss of endless blue stretching into infinity, l wonder if l will ever get to the dry land. Sometimes when l stretch my eyes up the mountain in search of its summit l cannot help but get scared. When l look at the solid rock sitting in front of me; l wonder if l will ever get the strength to climb.

My Lord l have never seen you physically neither have l met a burning bush like Moses, but l have experienced you. I remember how you carried me at the crossroads; l remember how you lifted me up from the miry clay. You gave me strength to swim across streams and rivers. You carried me over hills and valleys so that l saw the light of day when lions and wild animals of the forest could have ripped me into pieces. I remember how you shielded me from projectiles, missiles and stones that could have crushed me into mince meat. That remembrance gives me hope that l can once again swim across the ocean. It gives me hope that l can once again climb up the mountain whose summit seems to be above the sky. That remembrance gives me hope of a sweet Destiny.

Amen”

Prayer is a culmination of words and utterances that are rich in intent, reports and even emotions so as to generate a message to God. It is a vertical link to the heavens that connects to the Almighty. It gives a rare aura of hope to the hopeless and avails an ear that is always ready to listen to the deep seated things in the heart of an individual. It does not only provide an ear but rather tactful solutions to problems facing the people. Therefore prayer becomes a highway linking an individual to the heavens. An individual with heavenly connections has no reason to fail. He or she can go through challenges but those challenges will channel him or her to a worthwhile Destiny.

The words in italics reflect a prayer from an individual facing a huge challenge. The person is visibly shaken by the size of the challenge so that he resorts to prayer. Clearly his thoughts and emotions are embedded in this collection of words. His message shows an element of fear and a subtraction of confidence. However as he continues to pray he remembers past victories as a result of his encounter with the Lord. Clearly prayer then rejuvenates his confidence at that point. He suddenly develops the enthusiasm to tackle his challenges head on. He has had a tough time in the past yet he has overcome. His destiny has been under attack yet the good Lord managed to shield him from such attacks.

The question is. What kind of missiles and stones are you facing? What type of tree are you? What fruit are you bearing? Because it is very rare for people to throw stones at a fruitless tree. What kind of ocean are you facing? How high is your mountain? You have crossed rivers and streams in the past and so you will surely cross the ocean before you. The good Lord has carried you through hills in the past. He will surely take you up this mountain. He will take you through the valley of the shadow of death if only you kneel down to pray. He will indeed redeem your Destiny.

“The Money Tree”: Land Preparation – Part 2


When farming, it is essential that the land that is to be used for the production of crops be kept as free from rocks and stones and other impediments to growth as possible.

A growing, well prepared seedling can even fail wither and die if it meets a rock under a seemingly fertile ground. You will notice a wide difference between it and the surrounding crops and you are left
wondering why some growths appear to be strong and healthy whilst others appear to be failing yet the fertilizer was distributed evenly and even the pesticides applied the same.

You as the principal promoter has to take the initiative to instill the culture of thoroughness and preparation for the environment in which production is set to take place.
Stones or hindrances in the production process can be found in the case of bottlenecks in production or the transfer of one semi-finished component to the next stage in the cycle.

Plant layout should be made in such a way that components can be transferred from one stage to the next with the least amount of effort and time delay possible.

Smooth running is essential especially when dealing with huge volumes or a consistent flow of goods and services as any slight delay will be felt throughout the chain of production and output.
The losses realized from idle time in machinery, human resources and equipment can at times prove catastrophic.

I know of a construction project that required the use of a hired crane for which they were paying $15 000 per hour. Unfortunately the site where the construction was to take place was open without any
undergrowth vegetation, and it happened to rain just before construction could commence.
The engineers were forced to lay some several layers of rock on the ground so that it would be able to hold the crane. The loss was quite a lot, as the project hours for the day were extended for six to seven
hours, that means an extra $100 000 was spent.

The amount though huge, was far less than what would have been experienced if the crane had become wedged into the ground and had been stuck for two to three days as they search for another even larger
crane to pull the first one out.

So at times it may be necessary as we explained earlier to experience some losses in order to avert realizing an even greater loss later on.

Another approach that would also make sense if possible is to identify land that best suits your individual business. It is far easier to go into an environment that has already been altered and modified to suit the needs of your business.

In most cases, you find that there is considerably more expenditure on real estate areas on a continual cash flow basis on areas that have already been made suitable for the intended business, classified as
prime real estate areas, than what is spent on altering the state of the environment to suit the needs of the business.

When investing or in farming terms, sowing into your business, ensure that you make the land as fertile as possible. You can do this by creating sufficient and efficient support systems for the crops or
engines of the business to perform well.

For example in a law firm it would not make much sense to load a professional and exceptionally performing lawyer with tones of data entry work.
This job can easily be performed by another subordinate. If necessary where large volumes of work are involved a personal secretary may even be necessary.
You do not want a situation whereby every partner within the firm shares the same secretary and each one tries to prioritize their work.

It’s like several plants all fighting for the same nutrients, at the end of the day the plants will end up weak and produce very little output.

So such little support systems have to be put in place to ensure that efficient production takes place, though measures have to be put in place to ensure that the right resources are availed at the correct time. There is such a thing as over-fertilization, were too many resources are given to the employee
to such an extent that the firm begins to realize negative returns from the addition of further resources.
So you have to be careful that an optimal number of inputs are maintained at any one time.

The Mind and positive reinforcement


There is a popular saying which is; “do as I say not as I do”. That is the methodology that most speakers and teachers try to impart onto their protegies. But I would like to challenge that saying in the same manner as Paul when he said, “go ye out and preach the gospel…. and if neccessary, use words”

The meaning of this verse I would like to comment is that, the reason we do what we do is because of a deep inner belief system of the way we believe that the world operates. It resonnates from our core value system, the stuff that makes up our reflexes. What has been continually implanted into us by our environment and society to such an extent that we have every bit of faith that this will undoubtably come to pass as a result of a given activity.

For example, if u were to fill a glass of water , then flip it upside down, u naturally expect the water to come cascading out of the glass even before the glass has completed its turn. This is the substance of faith, one would actually be surprised if the water failed to come out of the glass tumbler, you would start asking yourself, what happened? Is it frozen? Is there an unseen barrier covering the tumbler?

But in the same manner a lot of business teachers adopt the same strategy of do as I say and not as I do. I will give you a classic example, a person can do a Bachelors’ degree or even a masters’ but when they take up a new position at a company they usually go through a program popularly known as a graduate training program, where they are told how the “real” world operates. So what was happening during the four years they were at college? What was being taught, if the real world of their chosen profession requires them to often bend “laws” that according to textbook cannot be broken?

What is it that really successful peolple do in order to succeed in those things that they endevour to do. There are those people that seem to take up projects that have an unending success rate. They seem to succeed in whatever they set out to do. One might ask himself, what is it that makes this person succeed in what they go after? What is it they do differently, when the flesh is the same, the hours are the same and sometimes even opportunities seem to be at par?

The main reason I might attribute it to the core belief and value system, the same way that one person when attacked will flinch in response and another will, lift up their fists to fight. Studies have called this the “flight/fight paradox”. It has also been proven that speed racers when they approach a potential accident they step harder on the accelerator and speed past the hazard, whilst ordinary drivers have a tendency of slamming on the brakes and come to a startling stop. So in the case of business and personal projects, what causes some people to speed up and see a project to completion and what causes other people to slamm on the brakes and come to a complete stop. Core beliefs and values are embeded into an individual with time and experience.

In order to change the outcome, it is neccessary to change the process. The core values and decision making process has to be adjusted for positive results to be realised. This can be achieved through repeated sessions of positive reinforcement and purposed and directed thought. What would happen if you were to take this same level of belief and faith we discussed in our water in the tumbler example in other areas of uncertainity in your life?

What would happen if you applied for a contract or a tender and naturally expected it to come through. If you applied for a position and began to immediately plan new strategies to improve or maintain the existing system. Basically what I am saying is; see what you believe is meant to be in the fullness of your heart and soul.