October 4, 2007, Number 14
- The Rowan Report
- Austin Open 4 Business
*Boutiques for Sole Proprietorships
- Emotional Intelligence for Productivity and Relationships
- I Don't Work on an Island! How personality elevates teamwork and leadership in organizations
Boutiques for Sole Proprietorships
Our Reciprocal Spiral is made up of the people who independent business owners are most connected to in work, but who do not work inside their individual business. These are people who support each other in some aspects of their businesses; they likely provide their services or products to each other in some fashion, consult with each other, share social or business associations, and have a fairly sturdy relationship based on mutual trust and respect.
- business assistance
- emotional support
- innovation and creativity
- introductions and referrals to our businesses
Our Innovative Dance, on the other hand, occurs when two or more independent proprietors come together and form a novel product or service. The resulting product or service is a unique synthesis of these two or more experts, who may be from very different industries. These businesses team together to create and sell their innovative, very likely, niche product or service. The benefits of teaming up and collaborating with these partners, if you will, are that it adds a whole new dimension to each of the businesses; it may also open up a whole new market for them. But, the benefits to the internal workings of the business owner are invaluable. Motivation is spurred, creativity is inspired, and the workload is shared! The commodity of time is something a single business person cannot ever get enough of.
In both, the Reciprocal Spiral and Innovative Dance models, the business that was once a singular entity, now becomes a "boutique" - a collection of businesses who exude greater credibility, can serve a wider scope of customers, and meet more of the customers' needs. While this article is designed for sole props and small businesses, the principles can be applied in larger companies as well. In some companies it's done all the time. Using your network of co-workers to help get things accomplished and teaming up with certain co-workers to innovate and meet other demands, takes place in the greatest companies all over. Collaboration is the key and fine-tuning the collaborations so that they yield a strategic powerhouse is what eludes many. Stay tuned for upcoming information and resources that map the path to the powerhouse.
My first video training program is in the finishing stages and will be launched and available on Amazon very soon! I have collaborated with producer Joshua Shipsey, of Communication Simulations, Inc. www.commsim.com , to create, I Don't Work on an Island! How Personality Elevates Teamwork and Leadership in Organizations. Look for future news on the event launching this program.
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