How to survive, thrive in Gladstone business world

GOOD Friday in Gladstone is a huge day on the local sporting calendar.

It sees the running of the annual Harbour Festival Fun Run, put on by Gladstone Road Runners.

This year, there seemed to be even quicker times run than usual.

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After the race, I had a conversation with local businessman, Ashley Glass, who ran a time of round 38.30 for the 10 kilometre run.

That really is an amazing time, and one most people will never achieve.

It has been a goal for Ash to run under 40 minutes over that distance for 10 years (yes, 10 years).

He said to me on Satruday: "Anton, I feel a little empty today, as I have finally achieved this goal, and I am not sure what to aim for next."

Has this ever happened in your business?

I know it certainly has for me.

You start the year full of excitement.

You either hit your goals (and then are not sure what the next one should be) or you don't, and you can refocus and get started again.

So, what are the three things you can do to make sure you smash your business goals this year?

Firstly, you need to set your business goals, and be clear on what they are.

This year in Gladstone, your goals might be about staying in business, rather than growing your business.

Whatever it is you want to achieve, get your business plan updated, set your goals and go after them.

Goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based.

Get them written down, and make them happen.

Secondly, you need to engage your team in their achievement.

Make sure everyone in the business is all over it, and knows exactly what everyone is both required to do, and required to become.

Engaging your team should be about workshopping with your teams, regularly communicating with employees and giving them the tools to help them to do their jobs to the best of their ability, and at the level that creates challenge and inspiration for them.

Finally, don't set goals if you are not willing to track them, and work hard towards their achievement.

Tracking your goals keeps you focussed.

It gives you the ability to change something that is not working, and it gives you the ability to try something different.

The winner with tracking your goals, is that you can then start to looking forward, and start to set your next set of goals, so you don't have the experience Ash did, and not know what is next

In closing, setting your business goals will keep you focused, it will keep you on track, and it will ensure you have something to move towards, once you hit each goal.

And, you can celebrate success once you have hit your goals.

That is the fun bit.

If you need a hand to work with your team and set goals for your business or your team, let us know, and we can work with you and your teams to make it happen.



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