Having started a wealth management company for doctors, MedCapital, in the last year and seeing it grow incredibly fast, and having run MedRecruit now for ten years through ups and downs, and through running Board of Directors for three years (which exposes me to tens of businesses and their owners), I’ve come to realise that there is one thing that you absolutely must have to have a consistently growing business.
What do I mean by that?
In a commercial market, there is a frenzy to grab customers. Growing by grabbing more market share is one of the hardest ways to grow a business, according to a paper published by McKinsey.
But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
When it happens effectively it is because the business has created a point of leverage whereby they can get a larger return on their investment than their competitors to deliver a major competitive advantage.
Leverage can come in the form of your product, your path to market, your service, your processes, essentially anything in your business that can give you an advantage.
If you can’t articulate what your point of leverage is then I suggest you devote some Think Time to developing it, because I’ve never seen a business flourish without one.
In life, if you can’t win, change the rules.
There are two lessons that are relevant to life that have really struck me:
Siri wasn’t created by Apple.
How often are you getting out of the weeds to look at your business? Weekly? Monthly? Quarterly? Yearly?
I was spending time with a friend recently who has built a huge multi-national business. We were talking about life and business, and then we got on to health and he said something very interesting…
This week I attended Peter Diamandis’ technology event, Abundance 360.
As 2017 draws to a close, 2018 offers up unlimited opportunity for each of us.
When it comes to your business, what’s more important, revenue or profit?
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.