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Road To Success – There are no shortcuts

I can’t vouch for the authenticity of this photo – but the message remains vividly clear – there are no shortcuts to success.

Road To Success - Truck

Yet we see it every day – people who buy into the “get rich quick” schemes promoted by the spruikers… If it’s too good to be true… It is.

That doesn’t mean success can’t be achieved more quickly – it just means KNOWING what works versus what DOESN’T… To avoid the silliest, costliest of mistakes – the avoidable ones!

If you want to learn how to succeed with less effort, contact us and we’ll show you the way – safely and efficiently!

Thank you to Gavin Buckett of the Gourmet Guardian for this priceless photo!

 

Weird Al Yancovic – Mission Statement

I am not into buzzwords and business jargon even though I have my own list of definitions for what I do…

This video shows how you can talk a lot without saying anything… Courtesy of Weird Al Yancovic – the master of this art of parody.

Dinosaurs And Opportunities

Exponential Mindset Thinking takes balls – moneyballs… Watch this clip from the hit movie starring Brad Pitt.

Enough said. If you want to get a lot more done with a lot less time, money and effort, contact us and we’ll show you the EXPONENTIAL way to run your business that will have your competitors scrambling – literally.

This is a must watch movie (even though the book is much better) for anyone who wants to learn the principles of what I call Management By Metrics.  Billy Beane changed major league baseball by overcoming more than a century of tradition and the wrong approach to building a “winning” team.

I won’t give way the key distinction, only to say that your business, industry or profession might very well be in the same situation, in need of a discontinuous innovation that puts you in the leadership position.

Antimimeticisomorphism is definitely required, but without Management By Metrics, it’s all theory and no practice. Games are won on the field, in the real world – not in someone’s head.

Making things happen and STICKING to it until it plays itself out is the underlying message that without that level of conviction, belief and discipline, it’s just another incomplete experiment.

You don’t want to dabble – you want to COMMIT when you know it’s right.

Easier said than done, that’s why a great book was written and an enjoyable movie was made.

Apple’s Cash Pooling

Cash Pooling, Apple Tax, Apple Tax PlanningAs you know, I am a huge fan(atic) of Apple‘s products – haven been for more than 20 years. Of course with great products and market-leading valuations means Apple gets a lot of news coverage. This week it’s about it’s overseas tax planning strategies and cash pooling.

Even though they are legitimate and legal, the popular press is all over it because of their recent declaration of a share buy back and establishing a dividend payment to shareholders.

Even though it makes for great headlines and sells newspapers and now online advertising, the reality is that these strategies are impossible if you can’t do what financial managers call Cash Pooling.

It’s quite sophisticated and all multi-billion corporations do it. Simply put, it’s knowing where your cash is so you can place and use it in the most effective place which usually involves tax considerations. As a business owner, it’s just another reminder that the practices of the “big boys” still applies to small business – especially those in high growth mode. Knowing where you cash is and having it where and when you need it can be the difference between growth and believe it or not – going bust.

Many high growth businesses (even profitable) ones run out of cash due to irregular cash flows and their timing. If you’re struggling with Excel spreadsheets to figure out where your cash is, you might want to consider an online cash management solution that goes well beyond your accounting and bookkeeping tasks.

Disclaimer: I am currently LONG on APPLE stock. I figure with $100 Billion in cash reserves, they have more than enough cash to deal with any competitors and technological challenges that will come up.

How To Grow Your Business

We all remember playing around with a Rubik’s Cube, getting close to solving it only to scramble it even more… Those frustrations are not all that different from business owners who try to grow their businesses…

Now there’s a special tool to help you grow your business – it’s called a Marc-Ka-Ching Kube!

Protect Your Startup With Insurance

Protect Your Startup With Insurance

Determining the right business insurance for your startup business requires careful analysis and thoughtful reflection.

With the proper investment of time and effort, you can figure out the most essential insurance products for your particular situation. As a matter of principle, you should review your needs with an experienced insurance representative so you can tap into his/her expertise and experience.

Business Coaching, Business Coach, Business MentorFirst, as a business owner, you need to accept you need insurance. The question is what kind?

You have to consider all of the aspects of your business activities to make sure you get the proper and adequate coverage. One way to make sure you do that properly is to have a detailed business plan.

Writing every past, current, and future task down in a business plan is necessary so you can quickly and easily explain what your business does to a complete stranger – the insurance representative.

Your business plan can consist of one page or dozens of pages but the business’ activities have to be clearly laid out so the company’s risks are brought to the surface.

For example,

  • Businesses that own property will require property insurance protection.
  • Even if you rent or lease your premises, you may be liable for other people’s property and need appropriate insurance. This includes leasehold items as well as plant and equipment purchased or leased from third party suppliers.
  • Since you use computers you need to consider special computer insurance (theft, vandalism).
  • Auto liability insurance is made for people who rent, lease or own cars in the name of the business.
  • Of course there is also workers compensation insurance to protect the well-being of employees.
  • One of the least well understood types of insurance is business income insurance for business people who do not have the cash flow or personal wealth to keep a business in operation should there be an interruption in business activity. It’s a form of disability insurance for the owner or key person in the business.
  • Then there’s general liability insurance needed for people who develop and sell products. Products or services that could inflict physical or psychological damage on a person should be covered by liability insurance in the case of a lawsuit. It’s also called professional liability insurance wherein specific professions and trades have detailed provisions, guidelines and/or regulations stipulating the minimum coverage required by law.

If you’re getting a little overwhelmed by all this – don’t despair. That’s what an insurance professional does for a living – make sense of all the options and possibilities to make sure you have enough coverage for your level of activity and risk profile.

Running a successful business always involves insurance. As the dictum goes, “expect the best, but plan for the worst”.

Any responsible business executive or entrepreneur who needs assistance can contact businessinsurance.org for a collection of reliable business insurance quotes.

No one can predict the future which is why insurance is so important and necessary.

Even the most prepared company can suffer from any number of emergencies at a moment’s notice – insurance is designed to provide peace of mind and financial protection and compensation should anything adverse happen.

How To Add Value To Your Clients

Exponential Marketing has a cornerstone concept: Add value to your clients and they will come back and refer more clients to you. Easier said than done.

That’s why I’ve included a simple example: An Australia Post Postcard Fact Sheet that helps clients prepare their documents for direct mail.

The question for YOU is “What basic information, like this can you make available to your clients?”

The more information you make available, the easier it will be for them to do business with you = you’ll sell more.

When you’re exponential, you create Pathways To Profits™ that guide people through the path of least resistance preemptively, smoothly, creating a memorable and hopefully unique experience they will want to repeat themselves and advocate to others.

This is what we help our clients do – create a Business Building Blueprint™ that summarises these processes so everyone in the business knows what to do and ideally, automate them leveraging the Internet so the business transforms from an effort-based model to a value-based model.

What Watching Australian Open Tennis Can Teach You About Running Your Business

Last week, I had the pleasure and privilege to attend the 2011 Australian Open Tennis Championship. In one of the semi-final matches, Novak Djokovic was playing the legendary Roger Federer and at one point had “vision problems”… Due to dry contact lenses.

So you’d think he would have eye drops in his bag…. Nope!

Can you believe that?!?!?

A multi-millionaire tennis player who wears contact lenses doesn’t have eye drops in his bag.

DUHHHH!!!!

But it gets WORSE.

Continue reading ‘What Watching Australian Open Tennis Can Teach You About Running Your Business’

Business Coaching Options

I often get asked which of our business coaching systems is appropriate for you. It actually depends on who you are and where you’re at in business. I’ve summarised the various options here for you.

Silver Business Mastery Momentum Membership™

The Silver Business Mastery Massive Momentum Membership™ combines all the necessary elements you need to get your business going and growing. Delivered electronically, each element has been specifically chosen to get your business on the fast track to profits as economically as possible.

This is for you if you…

  • Are relatively new to Exponential Growth Strategies™, this is the ideal introductory overview. It includes all the grounding materials for you to get acquainted with this ‘new way’ of doing business.
  • Have not been exposed to Tony Robbins’ Personal Peak Performance Principles, Jay Abraham’s Exponential Marketing Strategies and Brian Tracy’s Sales Mastery techniques. This unique membership will highlight them all, providing you with a simple-to-follow action plan.
  • Are just starting in business or have hit a hard patch and money is tight. This membership is economically priced so that you can learn to walk before you run. If you can’t afford this level of membership fee – don’t subscribe because you’re already in too much trouble for me to help you. These strategies are geared for growth – not trying to resuscitate a dying business. When you do recover from your current cash flow issues, you should re-visit this membership.
  • Want to be held accountable on a weekly basis. The membership has one touch point +/- every week so that you are never overwhelmed or burdened with the program. It’s an easy-does-it approach to learning.

Gold Business Mastery Massive Momentum Membership™

The Gold Business Mastery Massive Momentum Membership™ has been designed and compiled for demanding and ambitious business owners like you who not only want to get on the fast track to profits, but want to take the Next Best Step™ laying the foundation for business growth using exponential strategies that explode your income, increase your pay cheque consistently and turn your hidden assets into cold, hard cash!

This is for you if you…

  • Want to be held accountable on a DAILY basis. With the Dr’s Daily Distinctions™ delivered to your inbox every single day, you want to focus on the 1 Percent Improvement Doctrine™ that will propel you forward in your business, career or profession.
  • Are looking for exponential growth from your business that is already on a good footing. In other words, you’re ready to take it and yourself to the next level, because it’s time. You feel it and know it is. You have no doubts and with exposure to these strategies, you’re confident to be able to deploy these strategies on your own and can’t wait to get to it.
  • Have been exposed to Exponential Mindset Thinking™ strategies either through our efforts or over the past few years.

VIP Business Mastery Massive Momentum Membership

The VIP Business Mastery Massive Momentum Membership™ includes most of the components of the results-based Platinum Program™ to accommodate business people who don’t live in or can’t commute to Sydney or Melbourne but want the very best exponential marketing strategies on a high-intensity basis to keep themselves accountable to the highest standards of excellence and performance in their business and career.

This is for you if you…

  • Are at the point where you’re totally convinced Exponential Growth Strategies™ are for you and you have the time, effort and ability to play full-on without doubt or reservation. In sport, this means being competitive rather than playing ‘socially’. The level of commitment is much higher, as are the rewards.
  • Have dabbled in Exponential Growth Strategies™ before and you know you need a guide, advisor and mentor to show you the way forward. You realise that success is as much about doing the right things as it is avoiding the common mistakes most people make.
  • There is nothing holding you back – your business is doing well or is solidly established and you either want more growth OR more time for yourself without compromising results.
  • You want to be held accountable at the highest level. You already hold yourself to a high standard, this is just an extension, or next logical step for you to take. You are not intimidated, but excited about the Exponential Potential™ that you can unleash from within your business. You can feel it’s been there for some time and you want the keys to the combination to unlock it.

Business Mastery Platinum Program

The Business Mastery Platinum Program™ – the Unique 12-Month MasterMind Experience that will Unleash Exponential Growth and Profitability in your Business or Professional Practice, by Leveraging the World’s Best Exponential Marketing, Sales, Lead Generation Systemisation and Peak Performance Strategies, with an Unheard-of Money-Back Result Guarantee of a Minimum 300% Return on your program investment.

This is for you if you…

  • Are a leader. Simple as that. This is our most elite, exclusive program for champions of business. You know you’re at the top of your game and want to keep improving.
  • Want to spend time with other ‘winners’, like-minded business entrepreneurs and professionals who can share their challenges and triumphs with you.
  • You’ve read the program description and downloaded the 26-page brochure and you know this is your Next Best Step™ in your personal and professional development.
  • You know that with the MasterMind Mentoring Methodology™, nothing has been left to chance.

With C.K. Prahalad’s Passing, The World Loses A Great Thought Leader

COIMBATORE KRISHNARAO PRAHALAD, universally known as C.K., was the most creative management thinker of his generation. He revolutionised thinking on two big subjects, business strategy and economic development, and made a significant contribution to a third, innovation. His admirers were legion, including bosses of some of the world’s biggest companies, heads of NGOs and founders of scrappy start-ups, not to mention MBA students the world over including yours truly.

Mr Prahalad burst onto the management scene with two path-breaking articles in the Harvard Business Review, “Strategic Intent” (1989) and “The Core Competence of the Corporation” (1990), and a bestselling book, “Competing for the Future” (1996), all co-written with his former pupil, Gary Hamel. “Core competence” remains one of the most frequently reprinted articles ever published by Harvard Business Review.

Click the URL to read the Economist Magazine’s summary of his stellar career and contribution to management thinking.

C K PrahaladIf you have never heard of C.K. Prahalad, it’s a shame because he’s given countless entrepreneurs the ‘keys to the vault’ – I integrate his teachings and methodologies within my Platinum Program curriculum.

I will be revealing some of my secret strategies at an upcoming series of events in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, I call it the Exponential Extravaganza because of the smorgasbord of stuff that I’m going to include… It’s the only chance you can get exposure to what and how I can guarantee RESULTS for my top clients.

I actually guarantee that for every $1 invested, my clients will make $3. I can’t do that unless my strategies work. They work because I not only learn stuff that most people never come across, but I APPLY what I learn in real-life situations. To learn more, come to the Exponential Extravaganza.

Management By Metrics: Numbers They’re Everywhere!

I teach my clients a strategy called Management By Metrics which is one of the strategies to compress their Pathways To Profits and create multiple Rivers Of Revenue. The sophisticated clients can use these metrics to Reverse For Results, re-creating any success they want, on command. It’s pretty powerful stuff. This short YouTube video was sent to me by Ian Faulkner, it proves that numbers and therefore METRICS are everywhere! Be sure to watch it to the very end!

Number from Gwen Francois on Vimeo.

I love this blog because I can quickly share stuff like this with you. If you’re keen to take your Next Best Step and make this year, your best year ever. Consider joining one of our programs. They start at an economical $97/month to ensure we keep these powerful strategies accessible to anyone who wants to create success for themselves – whatever that may be. More money or more time “off”…

Go on and take a look at the various streams we’ve developed – JUST FOR YOU.

www.ExponentialPrograms.com

Fads

I recently read “Flavor of the month: Why smart people fall for fads” by Joel Best, published in 2006, it’s a very interesting read. I thought page 101 was particularly valuable and at the same time funny.

The 6 Stages Of Institutional Fads

The 6 Stages Of Institutional Fads

It’s on my Linked In reading list if you want to find out more about what I thought about this book and other books that I think are worth reading.