Growth of Business (The Greenhouse Effect)


As the first leaves break through the ground, that is when the plant is at its most vulnerable.

A business is at its most vulnerable when it is at its infancy, because that is when it becomes exposed to the true environment in which it is to exist. It becomes exposed to competition, in some economies that is when it breaks the minimum tax levels and it becomes to various laws and legislation.

If not protected and well monitored this is the time that it can slink right back into the earth from whence it came.

The seed has to be nurtured by creating a rich mix or medium in which growth is to be fostered. Similarly a business dream has to be soaked in the right nutrients in order for it to have even a single chance at seeing daylight.

A business plan/proposal has to be thoroughly researched and complemented with the right support systems before it is actually launched into the market.

Systems have to be set up to ensure that when the business is rolled out every department and resource is available to kick into action when the relevant function is called into play. It would be a serious hiccup if the company was to produce a product only to realise that a major aspect such as packaging or labeling is not in place. Suddenly, you have an almost complete product sitting in your warehouse crunching money that you do not have to spare out of your pocket every extra minute that it spends there.

In the event that the product is easily perishable every extra minute stored is a minute closer to disaster.
Smart farmers prepare some plants before the season in which they are originally intended to grow in has begun. Some conditions are too harsh for the seedlings to flourish in. Therefore they need to be sheltered before they are exposed to the environment in which they are to spend in their existence in.

Sometimes in business you need to shelter your growing business and protect it from the full scale attack of an open market system, that is why in there are things such as trade restrictions. These are meant to protect the growing firms within a nation from the full scale impact of a harsh and developed economic system.

In this discussion we shall focus on a microclimate of developing a business. In some businesses it is wise to create a business and expose it to a controlled or small market releasing it as a pilot project in order to iron out any unforeseen challenges that would prove catastrophic in a larger scale.

It’s easier to recapitalize a business worth $10000 by 20% of its value than it is to recapitalize a $100000 business. The task of correcting a $2000 mistake is far easier than a $20000 mistake, at times the mistake involves the salaries of your human resources, and human resources are just one resource that you do not want to make a mistake with.

Every single disgruntled employee has the potential to bring down an entire company to its knees, employees are like the roots of a company and anyone of them may be the taproot, which if damaged the entire plant can just shrivel and die.

So the mistakes that are made in a controlled environment are far better than those involved in full scale implementation.

10 disgruntled employees are better managed than a 100. Once a business has grown sufficiently it can gradually be exposed to a larger market growing into new markets and gradually adjusting to correct practice as it grows.

Once it is healthy enough it can fully branch out and realise its full rollout and it has a better chance of success. There is greater possibility of success once you have gained confidence in the viability of your business and you have a few loyal clients to fall back on as well as good contracts with suppliers and markets.

Your human resource base will also be in a better placed position to handle the pressure that is associated with running large scale corporations.

Once an entity has also proven a model at a smaller scale, this means that it is feasible for implementation at a larger scale.

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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.

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.