Monthly Archives: October 2009
Things to consider before starting something new
The following are some ways to help you with the big picture stuff when thinking about setting up a new business venture or other project.
What are your motives for starting? Be aware of them if it is to make money, great, if it is to benefit the community great, but be able to define what the motives are.
What do you want to achieve? Do you know how you will measure the success of your new venture? What does success mean to you?
Keep a diary or journal of your thoughts/ideas/processes that you have. The big thing here is writing it down for a permanent record, many great thoughts are lost in the blink of an eye.
Research, research, research; do your homework; people will expect you to be the expert.
Protect your plans and intellectual property, you may need to talk to a specialist legal adviser for this so be prepared to spend some money.
Get alongside successful people; glean advice from their successes and failures.
Stay up-to-date with what is happening in the world and especially in the community where you expect to set up.
Do not take failure personally. Many things can happen to cause plans to change, learn from all of your experiences good and bad.
Be as objective as you can be.
Take time to develop the vision. You need to be able to see the full big picture.
Dream big but start small.
Remember the bigger the vision the more small details matter. Foundations need to be very strong to be able to support large structures.
If, on investigation, an idea doesn’t work don’t proceed.
Sometimes ideas may be sometimes “No” “Not Now” “Not Yet” “Not before…”
Be certain of your own values and ethics, they will drive your idea forward and give it strength.
Paul S Allen
Unlocking Your Vision
How do you get a vision for yourself or for your business? Here are some clues to unlocking what your vision could be.
- Passion: What are you passionate about?
- Learn to dream: you are allowed to dream, what does your ideal world look like?
- Be moved/motivated by what is going on around you: Watch the news, read the paper, be aware of what is going on.
- Be aware of the needs that are around you.
- Look to your own skills: what are you good at?
- What makes you mad or angry?
- What frustrates or annoys you?
- Build scenarios of the world you would like to see.
- Brain storm ideas: by yourself or with others
- Collaborate with others
- Read books especially biographies and non-fiction.
- Never stop learning
- Learn to value all of life’s experiences.
- Devine inspiration/enlightenment. ***
***Devine inspiration or impartations from others are great but remember that you have got your own very capable brain, use it.
Both businesses and not-for-profit organizations have this in common; they provide solutions to a need or problem. The questions need to be asked…
What problem do you want to solve?
What problems can you solve?
Is there a problem to solve?
Recognise that you may be only part of the solution. Collaboration may be required to see the whole vision achieved. This will require good honest appreciation of your own abilities and those of others. Humility is the key here.
The key to fulfilling a large corporate vision is to have a good understanding of what your own personal vision is, and that everyone within the organisation understands what his or her own vision is.
Each vision is like a cog in a machine, some are bigger than others, some are different shapes than others, but they all need to fit together to work properly. The bigger the cog the slower it turns but the harder it is to stop. It is only in recognising the purpose of your existence that you can truly be effective in a larger organisation. If every cog were identical no advantageous motion would ever be achieved.
Do not confuse mission for vision. A vision gives you the direction to travel whereas a mission gives you the mode of transport to get you there. Example I have a vision to see London, England, my mission is to get there on a plane. My vision is not to “be” a plane.
Do not be bound by what you currently see, a vision is something that seeks to change a current reality.
Paul S Allen