15 Aug 2013

Secrets to Success Part One: T.L.C.

Business leaders around the world each have their own secrets to success – traits and skills they hold as being of the highest importance when it comes to running a successful business. Chandler Rasco, Franchise Adviser for The Growth Coach, believes most of those can be categorized under T.L.C – Time, Leadership and Communication.

We’re going to address each of those characteristics in a three-part blog series – starting with time. In order to be a successful business owner, or even a successful employee, you have to be able to juggle multiple projects, tasks and clients. Simply, you have to be a great time manager.

Time management is absolutely vital because it’s the only resource we have that’s genuinely limited. We can train to acquire new skills, we can make more money, we can gain more experience – but when the clock strikes 12, that’s it. Time is the scarcest resource and, unless it’s managed, nothing else can be managed properly.

That said, here’s the master key to effective time management: Do not major in minor things.

To be a great time manager, learn to separate major projects from minor ones. Do not focus on minor problems. Don’t stress over minor issues. Do not dedicate time to minor tasks. It’s important to learn to not confuse movement from achievement and activity for results. To make good use of your time, you have to identify what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got. And sometimes you have to trust others to handle your smaller tasks.

If focusing on the big issues in your business means delegating smaller tasks – or if you need a mentor to walk you through growing your business – reach out to your local Growth Coach: http://www.thegrowthcoach.com/Programs/TalkwithaCoach/tabid/389/Default.aspx.

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