Launching a product or service to capitalise on a gap in the market is straight out of the syllabus of an MBA, it’s business 101. But it rarely works.
Because ‘why’ is missing.
Your ‘why’, your reason for being speaks louder than any marketing message. If you go after a gap in the market purely to capitalise on that, unrelated to your ‘why’ the market generally sees it for what it is, a cynical market play to gain share.
But when you launch a product or service that speaks directly to your ‘why’ the market sees it for what it is, another step towards achieving what you were put here to achieve.
(Check out the new financial services company we have just launched for doctors, MedCapital. My ‘why’ is that I believe that anything’s possible, that any individual or organisation can be exceptional, and that exceptional people change the world. You be the judge on whether this is a big step towards realising the vision I had when I created MedRecruit back in 2006.)
I run a course called Board of Directors. Business owners join me for two days every three months and we go deep on their businesses, and their own personal psychology.
Recently we got some HR people in to help us improve our professional development program at MedRecruit.
People often talk about the impact they want to have… In the future.
After a crisis, most people aim to get back to the state they were in before the crisis.
Recently the World Medical Association ratified a change to the Declaration of Geneva, the modern-day Hippocratic Oath, the value-set of doctors worldwide, to include the health and wellbeing of doctors.
I was recently speaking to a group of corporates.
And I had to smile.
I speak to a lot of groups of people AND Purpose is something that I’m big on, and it invariably leads to someone asking the question, “I don’t know what I want to do. What should I do?”
“When is it giving up, and when is it changing direction?” is a question I get asked a lot.
Some people like beer.
Some people like wine.
Recently I was fortunate to attend a good friend of mine’s wedding in Bali. He’s a partner at a well-known law firm in Singapore, and many of the attendees were merchant bankers, venture capitalists and other people in the finance space.