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.

Growth Dynamics (From seed to seedling to plant)


The following post arose from a conversation that I had with one of the people in my close network.

When you look at the growth process of a plant, you realise that it is as dynamic as the presence of water in a river. There is always growth and development, there are always a number of processes taking place at any one time and a stream never holds the same water twice. Its always someting new.

The is no point in time, when you can say that the growth or change process has become dormant. Even when the plant itself is dead there is a process of decomposition, as it is reassimilated into the ground from whence it came.

So growth takes place consistently, if growth is not taking place then the system is dying.

A seed may be the best seed in the bunch, but it can not remain a seed forever because it will shrivel and die. The support systems that are put in place for that period are only relevant for a season, after that either development takes place or the seed dies.

My good friend was boasting to me about how “structured” and conformed his days were, how he knew what to expect day after day and how he was really good at his job and how every day was exciting because he had a chance to prove himself and flex his muscles in the mirror.

To me, alarm bells were ringing left, right and center. Its not that I despise being good at what you do, what I was majourly concerned about was “the comfort zone”. Whereby a seed gets very satisfied with being the “chief seed” the “choisest” (if I may use such a word) of all.

It is critical to realise that nature and life itself never intended for things to remain the same, change is inevitable, but the level of discomfort that it will cause in your life depends on how ready and fluidly prepared you are to experience the transition.

From the moment we are born, change is the only constant, so the same thing applies to business. Conditions and the environment that exist will only last for a certain period of time.

There can be no assurances or guarantess that a marketing or sales strategy that worked for similar “company A”, will work for similar “company B”, because the external influences change at any given time.

It is also critical to realise that there exist such things as the business life cycle and this applies both seasonaly and in the long term.
What is key in this is that, it is imperative that you understand what phase your business is going through and adjust accordingly.

When planting a seed, growth homones and weaker fertilisers are required to ensure that growth takes place to the best of the seed’s capacity.

But the very same strategy that worked at seed level becomes irrelavant at seedling level, at growth, maturity and harvest there are different fertilisers (organic/inorganic), pesticides and support systems you have to put in place to ensure a successful eneterprise.

So it is an absolute shock to me when someone expresses comfort at consistency. The only comfort I personally feel a person should have is comfort in change.

Life is a continuously developmental cycle, but it is of utmost importance that you make sure that the change is structured towards development.

Constant change is not beneficial if it is perpertualy circling like a dog chasing its tail. Change has to be progressive.

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 Money Tree” : Land Preparation – Part 1


In any business, it is essential that you make sure that you do the ground work first before you begin to inject any of your seed.

Shoddy preperation, no matter how good the seed input and effort thereafter may rob you of the potential output from your input effort.

First impressions count.
The most important thing that you can have from a client is his confidence. Confidence in your ability to get… not just barely get the job done… but do it excellence, in a classy manner.

Confidence in your ability is the client retainer. Clients will come back for a second sale based on how impressed they are based not only on the work you have done but also the impression and perception they have of you.

It is this perception that markets you and extends your reach and influence.

On the other hand you should take note that you create an environment that suits the type of business. You have to, “dress the part, so to speak”.

There is absolutely no need to present an exterior that is clearly innappropriate for the job, for example going for an interview that seeks a proffessional plumber, gardener, landscaper or handyman putting on an expensive suit.

That is clearly not aligned with the job at hand, and if a suit sits well on you (like it does on me) you may have a difficult time convincing the interviewer that you are capable of getting the job done at all.

Appearances need to be appropriate for the job at hand, but then there is an added advantage for going the extra mile. For example a free lance photographer who shows up already in gear equipped with some cameras is at an adantage to one that just…. well for lack of a better word.. that just shows up.

The business premises reflect the characteristics of the culture and nature of the environment at the firm. In my gardening example, a farm that is producing crops in the middle of weeds, with stones dirt and garbage openly visible would greatly hamper the prospects of a potential supplying contract with a major buyer.

Likewise, the office environment speaks volumes about the attitude of the firm and its employees about its associated business. It is the responsibility of the principle promoter, that is the owner or manager of the business to ensure that the bar is set in terms of visible standards of organisation and seriousness.

A client walking into a building should not get lost! If the reception area is lost in a labyrinth of dark passages and corners, it is highly likely that you will lose more clients than those you gain.

I have been in situations where I end up knocking on the “Senior” Manager’s office, just to get directions to his receptionist, but that obvously defeats the very purpose of the system.

The layout of the firm is very essential if speedy and efficient execution of the work is to be done.

So a significant amount of time has to be spent in “clearing and preparing the land”, a well designed and good product may be discredited by the appearance that is displayed by ist handlers.

The environment has to be set up in a manner that allows for the free flow of information and the efficient transfer of goods and services.

In a set up where by production or manufacturing of the said product, it is advantageous to ensure that the client is kept as far away and as unaware of the hustle and bustle of activity.

I know of several people who just love to eat chicken meat but cant stand the sight of blood and would not want to be anywhere near a place were chickens are being slaughtered.

Thus it would be very unwise to have a butchery, were if one just peaks behind the counter, they can clearly see the slaughter house in full swing.