Business Success Is a Function of the Mindset - The Value of Change


The death of Steve Jobs exposed us all to so much information about what drove his leadership style. From the general discussions that flowed after his death, one can discern that visionary leaders like have certain characteristics in common, irrespective of the diverse industries, personal background and business style.

In business schools, one learns about the significance of change as a catalyst for business growth and success. Therefore, it may not be too difficult to convince business owners and managers about the positive values of change; yet, experience tells us that the practical aspects of evidencing the adoption of change as a business philosophy can be difficult to demonstrate in most businesses. This is more so with small businesses where the owner/leader is actively involved in the production processes giving him/her little room to reflect purely on supposedly routine administrative functions.

Yet, in practically all types of economic settings, the viability and economic growth of small businesses is recognized as significant for the economic well-being of the society or community. Therefore, it becomes necessary that the mindset of small business owners/managers imbibes the need not just for change, but controlling change. This is a legacy to be learned from Steve Jobs - the recognition of the true purpose of change.

Controlling Change

Two items are basic for business assessment; the financial statement and productivity or time utilization analysis. With respect to the financial statement we are talking about data that measures the liquidity and the future of the business. For small businesses, the Cash Flow component of this document is most crucial because of its shorter term significance as an indicator of business survival. At this level, our metrics to monitor the effects of changes in business methods will be cash in the bank and the monetary value o our time.


In other words, it will not be change for the sake of change, but a mindset of dynamic changes targeted at improving the company's bottom line as well as industry relevance - market share. The only way to guarantee this outcome and be consistently beneficial is for the business leader/driver or driver to inculcate change in his normal behavior. Since the change process itself involves the ability to identify and review the processes and practices that improve the service offerings to be changed, if change becomes an assumed character of the business driver then, the business can be guaranteed on continued patronage by its expanding customer base. The constant zeal to do better remains a secret that has driven so many visions all over the ages.

John Omoluabi blogs on practical life issues at the Deception Battlefront, and is Director of APGO America, publishers of Social Misconceptions - a book by John McClure that discusses the methods by which Satan quietly deceives people.

Article Source: John Omoluabi

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