Success is a two way street.

This year, I published “The 10 Seeds You Must Plant to Grow Your Business”. As the title suggests, I contend that there are 10 general areas that, if tended to, will ensure the growth of a successful business.

However, for the sake of further simplification (although the book can hardly be viewed as complicated) I believe that three things are present when a business grows.

Firstly, it takes the passion and vision of the business owner who can clearly see the future of the business as something bigger and better than is currently the case. Then the business owner needs to be passionate in their belief that it can be achieved.

However, vision and passion are not enough unless the investment is made. This usually involves a mortgage over the family home and/ or some other means of capital-raising. It is not for the risk-adverse; there is always a risk involved, despite all of the efforts that might have been undertaken to avert that risk.

So, we have vision, passion and risk – all of which are undertaken by the business owner and which are fundamental ingredients to growth.

However, there is a final element which does not involve the owner – at least, not apparently. It is in the implementation of the business owner’s strategy (which is based on the vision) which determines the final outcome. And implementation cannot come without the involvement of the other employees of the business.

Of course, to get the people involved, the good leader will ensure that the other people share the vision and get caught up in the passion to strive to achieve that vision. To that extent, the owner becomes the leader, setting the example, articulating the vision, appreciating the efforts of the people without whose input there will be no growth.

This is very much a two-way street. Without the involvement of bother employer and employee, there will not be growth and there will not be success.

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What John Matthew believes about small business

That the owner has risked many things that others take for granted;

That there is no guaranteed income or reward for the considerable effort that is required;

That often, the family home is on the line to support the business and its constituents;

That there is a dignity and self-respect that is earned;

That entire communities would be better places if there was an increased appreciation and respect for small business.

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