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Before you plan...

Posted by Matthew Morris on 1 March 2016

Upper North Shore Business Connect NewsSetting up your Business Plan is a bit like driving a car, sure you need to watch where you are going and have a map or a plan, to get you where you want to go. However, from time to time you do need to check in your rear view mirror to see what has happened behind you!

So what happened in your business last year?

There was probably some good, some bad and everything in between.

Some questions that you could ask yourself include:

- What worked well in your professional life?
- What achievements and wins did you have?
- What did you learn?
- What was enjoyable fun, spontaneous and exciting?
- What did you learn when things didn't go the way you hoped?
- What worked well financially?
- What are you happy about in your personal life?
- What positives have you drawn out of your relationships?
- How did your health and fitness improve?
- What did you do more of that you enjoyed?
- What did you enjoy doing less of?

Upper North Shore Business Connect NewsSpending some time reflecting on these questions will help to identify gaps in your life maybe you are focussing too much on your work and not enough on social or personal activities?

Your answers will provide a great basis to start your Business Planning process, so take some time to do this reflection now.


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3 Simple Rules in Life

Posted by Matthew Morris on 1 March 2016
  1. If you do not go after what you want, You will never have it.


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  1. If you do not ask, The answer will always be "No"


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  1. If you do not step forward,You will always be in the same place.


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What if??????

Posted by Matthew Morris on 1 March 2016

What would you do if a disaster struck?         

Unexpected events such as natural disasters or the loss of key staff can impact your ability to run your business. Because your business is critical to your financial wellbeing, it is very important to plan for the unexpected so that you can respond and recover quickly.

Firstly, every business should have appropriate insurances in place to cover key people and the business' important assets (plant and equipment, vehicles etc).  Your business should also be protected against any claims against it through workers compensation and public liability insurance.

Every business should have a Business Plan, but they should also have a "Continuity Plan". This is a plan which generally includes vital information such as:

  • A detailed list of potential risks, such as: Natural disasters, Vandalism, Terrorism or theft
  • What actions should be taken if the unexpected occurs
  • A list of key staff and their specific roles in relation to the "Continuity Plan"
  • A list of activating events that could trigger the plan (such as a flood or a fire)
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Details of where first aid kits and key documents are stored
  • A list of key documents (such as insurance policies and financial records) that might need to be retrieved if the plan has to be activated.
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5 Principles of Success - Part 3

Posted by Matthew Morris on 18 November 2015

The third part of a 5 part series on the Principles of Success.  Simple yet effective strategies to guide us all on the path to achieving what we set out to achieve.

Over the past couple of weeks we have looked at the 5 Principles of Success and the first 2 were:

"Know Your Outcome" (Where you look is where you will go)
"Take Action" (Don't Just Stand There, Do Something!)

The 3rd Principle is to

"Have Sensory Awareness" or "Sensory Acuity"

(Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the definition of madness!)

What this means is to know whether or not you are being effective.

You may think that you are doing a lot of things right, but sometimes you need to stop and think hard about this and stay aware of the things that you say or do.

Are they contributing to achieving the outcomes that you wanted?

Are the actions that you are taking producing the results that you wanted?

Is what I am doing right for me, or is it just satisfying someone else's agenda?

It's important to stop and ask "Is this really achieving what I wanted?"

If it's not, change something! It is more important to achieve the right result, than merely get something done.

There is no point deciding on an action and then keep on acting on it, without being aware and looking at whether or not it is working and producing the results that you are after.

We have all heard that Objectives or Goals need to be SMART


  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timeframed

You should add another "ER" in there to stand for "Effective" and "Reviewed".

A goal or objective is not much good if it is not Effective, if it doesn't actually achieve what you wanted and the only way to make sure that you are achieving what you wanted is to Review your progress, as you go.

So, it's important to have SMART objectives, but it's better to be SMARTER and make sure that you continue to head in the right direction.

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5 Principles of Success - Part 1

Posted by Matthew Morris on 10 November 2015

This is the first part of a 5 part series on the Principles of Success.  Simple yet effective strategies to guide us all on the path to achieving what we set out to achieve.

Number 1:  (WYLIWYG) "Where you look is where you will go"
WOEIHTA! (What On Earth Is He Talking About!)

What you are aiming for? What is the outcome you want?

Whether you are out driving, riding a bike, water-skiing or playing football or even Golf, you need to focus on where you are going and where you want to be.

"Keep your eye on the ball"
"Watch where you are going"

Many people live their lives just getting what they are getting.  They take whatever results come to them.  If it's good it's good, if it's bad it's bad.  Life just happens.  There is no mastery over what happens to them.

So if you want to become a master of your destiny, you need to build your dreams first and then make sure those dreams become a reality by aiming for them.

Be clear about what you want not just day to day going along, but actually have an intent, ask yourself:

"What am I actually aiming to achieve?" 
" What would make today outstanding?" 
" How can I improve on the results of yesterday?"

You need to know the outcome that you want.

In life we tend to get what we focus on (Where You Look Is Where You Go!" so if you are focusing on a problem, that is what you are likely to get.  

Whether you use this in life, in business, in relationships etc it doesn't matter.

It is a universal rule if you know your outcome and you focus on it you are going to improve your results.  Maybe you won't get those results immediately, maybe it won't happen just like you thought it would, but it takes time and you need to persist. However, it's going to give you more of an opportunity to get the results you are looking for rather than just accepting whatever shows up.

So in whatever area of your life you are looking at decide your outcome today.




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