I work every day with owners of small businesses. I am constantly inspired by their tenacity, agility and skill. The Office of Small Business in Queensland defines a small business as a business employing less that 20 employees. Together, there are 426,000 of us small businesses.
2017 has been a wonderful year! Thank you to all of my clients, friends, family, colleagues and network for being part of it. 2017 has dealt us some challenges and some wonderful opportunities and delivered some wonderful adventures!
A while ago one of my favourite mentors, Andrew Griffiths said to me "Do small really well". At first I wondered if he was just being supportive of small business in general, or if he had a specific thing in mind when sharing this pearl of wisdom with me.
Either way, it has had me thinking about what this really means for me and what the key lessons are in this powerful little comment. After some thought and some real life application, here are my key take outs:
Every business leader faces the age-old issue of managing time. The truth is, we have all been given the same 24 hours each day. So we can’t actually manage any of it. It’s set, it’s solid, non-negotiable. No matter how much we try, the next hour will still kick over in exactly 60 minutes time. What we can change however is how we prioritise the activities during that hour, that day or that year.
Richard Branson has the same 24 hours as you or I - he just prioritises what he does with his a little differently.