NAVY SEALs or soldiers that have been in combat are a great source of inspiration for the modern day entrepreneur. They bring with them fundamental qualities and attributes that can make a successful business owner. Things like discipline, tenacity, resilience and elite performance are just a few things that one could learn from them.
Here are the top five NAVY SEAL tips:
Plan your mission and be agile: NAVY SEALs plan attentively and carefully. They prepare for various scenarios and pay attention to every detail. However they know the fact that you can never plan for the unknown. Their teams are quick, can handle surprises, are capable of making adjustments on the fly and are agile. Modern day entrepreneurs need to prepare diligently. But it’s the combination of preparation and agility that turns a good team into a successful company.
Embrace Chaos: NAVY SEALs are always dealing with uncertainty and crisis. They need to prepare themselves to be bold, swift and be gone. Results and outcomes matter. A business owner’s day-to-day life would start and end with issues: sales issues, legal issues, service issues, financing issues, product issues, recruiting issues, you name it. There are always thousands of tasks to do and only time for 100, and this would never change. So you need to make peace with the idea of being around constant chaos and the sooner you embrace it, the faster you grow. Break down your objectives into components, define them, plan them, execute on them, and train yourself to be calm under fire.
Never stop training: SEALs believe in 80% training and 20% execution. When they’re not on actual combat deployments, they are spending the vast majority of their time training for a number of different types of missions. In contrast, at start-ups business owner typically spend 100% of their time executing and zero percent of their time training. So it is important to build a culture of training at all levels. Entrepreneurs should never stop learning or taking up training lessons that will build better skills. They should make it a point to build the same atmosphere around their teams and/or company.
Leave no man behind: SEALs make it a point that they leave no one behind during the time of combat crisis. The essence is teamwork. Your teamwork spirit should just not end at holding meetings or assigning tasks. You should be passionate and to an extent highly possessive about your team. Also, showing loyalty to your team is one of the most powerful messages in business leadership. We all know that plans can fail. Objectives can fail. Products and/services can fail, but an entrepreneur’s loyalty towards his team should never fail.
Be focused and minimalistic: No great team or company is ever built without discipline, focus and good habits. Try to focus on what you need to do your job and try not to waste your resources and energy on things that are not necessary in life. Success, failure, turmoil and chaos are a part of the entire entrepreneurial journey. Try to live it and fight it with all that you got and eventually you would discover the important things that actually helped you through the good and the bad times.
We might be prepared with the bigger picture, but do we have the right knowledge and tools to manage the intricate functions of running a business? Simple things like bookkeeping, managing payroll, budgeting, recruitment and marketing could eventually pose as unmanageable activities.
If you’re thinking of starting a business, consider becoming a student of entrepreneurship before you start driving it. There are a host of free and low-cost options for quickly getting up to speed on business basics no matter where you live—from workshops offered through public libraries to online classroom based training over the Web.
There are numerous benefits to start learning the basics: First thing, you get to network with like minded folks who are also trying to learn the ropes. Secondly, you get to know what are the currents trends and tools in the market.
You don’t need to enroll in a four-year college, do an MBA or learn by trial and error. All you need to do is to find some free online tools and resources that can help you get started. Many colleges and universities offer continuing education programs for basic subjects such as human resource, organizational behavior, account & payroll, strategic management, project management etc. We just need to dig out the right resources that will equip us with the necessary knowledge and tools that are required to manage a business.
Here are a few online resources for entrepreneur education:
Udemy – Whether you want to get promoted, break into a new industry, start a company, further a passion, or just accelerate your life, Udemy helps you learn from the amazing instructors in the world, so that you can get there and get there faster.
Coursera – An education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Their technology enables their partners to teach millions of students rather than hundreds.
Stanford Online – The vision of Stanford Online is to continue Stanford’s leadership in providing high-quality educational experiences to its students and to people around the world by unleashing creativity and innovation in online learning.
Udacity – Their mission is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world. They believe that higher education is a basic human right, and they seek to empower their students to advance their education and careers.
MIT OpenCourseWare – is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. The course ware is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
Apart from the above there are many other resources and courses available on a ton of topics from amazing schools and teachers online. With start-ups happening every day, business owners and entrepreneurs should sit back and think about their areas of learning.
We should never forget that knowledge is always power!
Traditionally used for training purposes and produced only by the wealthiest corporations, training videos have evolved into a tool used by a vast spectrum of industries – increasingly delivered online.
A restaurant-chain used video to conduct training for employees including line cooks, wait staff and dishwashers. The video producer considered the demographics of the audience and used an MTV theme, with a clever, game-show script designed to engage employees and help them retain the information. A ‘Pie Game’ was played to teach employees the many different pie flavors available; and the video producer made the transition from subject to subject with the appearance that someone in the background was changing channels on a television. The video was created as entertainment, not training, which captured the attention of the employees more effectively than a text-book lesson or classroom setting. The biggest challenge creating the video was working around the restaurants’ long hours, but producers solved the problem by shooting in a test kitchen or during the middle of the night.
With a well written script, trained actors and appropriate sound or music, videos can convey emotion and urgency. They can elicit response far superior to a memo or ‘talking head.’ Professional videos use elements such as graphics, voice-over, and camera zooms to make the presentation more lively and engaging.
A company with multiple locations or a large, traveling sales force could use video to reach every employee. A large bank’s corporate headquarters, for example, can send a video to a bank manager to share with the staff at their branch; or headquarters can post it online where an employee can log in to hear it or it can enhance online training.
In such a visual society that relies heavily on the Internet and television for information, a professional video is a sure-fire way to leave a lasting impression. Rather than talking about how to use the new machine at the plant, video takes employees inside the plant to show the machine and how it works.
Video has many different faces and every day a new company adopts the technology to share, educate and inform employees. Small, medium and large businesses are taking advantage of video and discovering new and different ways it can benefit employees at their organization.
At Small Business Pool we understand the importance of such training videos and how it could benefit any business. Our professional team of writers, cameramen and post-production specialists have a clear consulting approach and ensure that the message is delivered in a creative and a professional manner.
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“If your customers use video in every facet of their life why are you using text to market to them?”
Have you ever asked yourself this question – how many times do you watch a video in your day-to-day life?
We go online to watch videos in all forms – news, sports, events, commercials, films and more. Even when we are at work, most of our communication happens through video ex Skype etc. The internet world has become a virtual platform where visual communications is becoming easier every day. We even download movies on to our computers and smart phones. We get our favorite entertainment content –not all of it but – a lot of it is on YouTube and a lot of it is obviously through shorter clips, video snaps, versus long form programming.
In fact, Google is putting more online video ads as part of their PPC management. We are going to see a lot of pre-click videos where you can watch a video of a customer which is essentially an ad of what someone does before clicking on a site.
The point is, if all of this is surrounding us, then why market using text. If video is involved in every aspect of our lives, then sooner or later we would not respond if we are “marketed to” using text.
At Small Business Pool we create professional online video campaign coupled with social media marketing. We help you visualize your objective into a professional online video with quality content and creative visual treatment, which will give you the required edge in the market.
A professional online video campaign coupled with social media marketing results in far greater potential than videos posted without a marketing effort behind them.
We do: Corporate Videos, Video Resumes, Training Videos, Event Videos, Commercials & Viral Marketing Videos.