Management tip: How to get one percent better every day
Defining goals and successfully implementing them is usually easier said than done! One of the reasons for this could be that your goals have not been well documented or concretely formulated. Lack of discipline can also be an important factor in the implementation of the success in your planned goals.
The bestselling author Alan Weiss proposes the iconic "One-Percent-Rule". With this approach he encourages readers to aim to be better every day by simply improving just one per cent. Purely mathematically, your own abilities will double itself every 70 days. Imagine if you could build up such a clear advantage in your business! You are probably asking yourself how to do something like this? Well, you must be open to learning, and use every opportunity to experience something new. This can be done in different ways, for example: An article in a trade magazine, a tip from a colleague, an important note in a blog or newly acquired skills from a seminar. The possibilities are practically endless, you simply have to be attentive and take every opportunity to learn something new or innovative and try it out.
In addition to your actual subject area, there are many other areas where you can improve further. Just think about how you could better negotiate agreements with your customers, how you could make presentations more successful, or how you could stay motivated every day despite setbacks and stress. Or perhaps it is about how to be well prepared for customer meetings, how to develop your leadership skills, or how to improve your innovation skills? The list can be continued indefinitely and there are infinite ways we can improve our business expertise and knowledge.
The "One-Percent-Rule" helps you to continuously improve and stay one step ahead of the competition. This can also lead to innovative product or sales ideas. For example, a freelance project manager offers his customers a 10 per cent discount if they pay the total amount at the beginning of the project, and he guarantees professional and high-quality consulting work. This method is particularly successful with large companies, as many department heads and managers know that their project is cheaper and cost risk free.
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This article was published in the Australia Freelance Market News 78.