Organisational Chart

Plan your team growth

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Even if you are a small business and you do all of the roles right now it is worthwhile creating your Organisational chart for your business. Accountability flows from a well thought out Organisational Chart.

If you plan you team growth  your business will run a lot smoother. Waiting till you hit the wall and fall flat on your face with exhaustion will help you to fall out of love for your business quickly. As your business grows you may plan to take on a team or outsource parts of your business. Stuff like bookkeeping and it stuff are the most common things to outsource first. Having an overview of each area in your business and how things work together means your team gets to see who they are accountable to.

Areas to cover in your Organisational Chart …

Here are the basic areas to cover. Depending on the type of business / organisation you run the Titles / Roles may change.

  • CEO
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Finance
  • Human Resources & Legal
  • Administration
  • IT
  • Service Delivery/ Operations

STOP and think

  1. Acknowledge how much work you are actually doing – PAT yourself on the back !
  2. Look at the skills sets required to do business, Marketing, Sales, Finance, HR , Admin, IT & Legal, Service Delivery/ Operations
  3. Look at the things you AVOID or grumble about doing – these are the first things to look at outsourcing ( Maybe that is  your blog posts !)
Use the Smart Art Function in Microsoft Word to build your chart or get out a piece of paper and pen!

Next STEP  …. Roles and Responsibilities

How to take a real HOLIDAY from work

A lot of small to medium sized business owners struggle to take a holiday from their business, as every day decisions depend heavily on their input. Taking time out to relax is important and will often bring more energy and focus back into your business. I have just come back feeling relaxed and refocused after taking a long weekend ( 4 days ) away from my business.  This weeks blog post gives you  a handy list to use when you next go to take a holiday.

PLAN PLAN PLAN

Taking 20 minutes out of your day to plan and prepare yourself will mean you get to enjoy your time away and truely take the time to relax. Knowing you have set expectations for your clients,staff,suppliers & collegues will mean that you feel and look professional once this has been created it can become part of your business systems.

How to take a real Holiday from workMy Holiday Preparation Plan…
  1. Contact all current prospects via email or phone call to let them know I will be away and how often I will check my emails & texts while away. ( Interesting to note this created a sense of urgency for one client to request starting a new project on my return – scarity creating demand maybe?)
  2. Send personal texts in responses to email requests & appointments from clients/ contacts / collegues
  3. Delegate tasks that need completing while away
  4. Set myself reminders in my calendar to
  •  check my emails & texts 1x per day
  • check posts on my 2 facebook  business pages 1 x per day
  • check LI every 2nd day

Let me know what you do to prepare for your holiday time away.

Picking yourself up when you fail? – building business systems

What have you failed at?Self made billionaire Sarah Blakey talks about how she picked herself up when she failed or was faced with a challenging situation. Click Here to listen to her interview with Diane Sawyer

This got me thininking how have I learnt from my business mistakes and how do I pick myself up?

Business mistakes

So here are some of the business mistakes I have learnt from and what I now do differently ( my systems )

  1. Feeling uncomfortable asking for the sale – ASK for the sale and set up referral networks & learn to market my business so it is easy
  2. Not getting paid for a large job – getting deposits up front
  3. Feeling all alone making business decisions from my home office – attending regular networking events & asking for help & getting a coach to make me accountable
  4. Thinking marketing was going to cost me a lot – learning how to use social media
  5. Not following my own sales systems – stop and check out what my gut instinct is telling me
When I fail I…
  • Ask myself what can I do differently next time?
  • Ask for feedback from trusted advisors
  • Blog about what I learnt
  • Build it into my systems and teach my clients about it

 

Love to hear what your strategies are