What do Tablelands businesses need the most help with? What would really progress and profit business on the Atherton Tablelands the most?
You might come up with a list that looks like this:
- Accountancy skills
- Social media skills
- A good commercial solicitor
- Better computers
- IT skills including how to make software programs talk to each other
- Top employee/s
- Access to HR advice
- Digitalised workplace
- Bigger network
- International connections
- Marketing material writing skills
- Better marketing and promotion
- Business planning
- Better strategies
- Better NBN/internet connectivity
A lot of what is on offer in terms of business programs/workshops/courses address one or more of the above.
Many bureaucracies and consultancies that are tasked with improving businesses do not think outside of the list above.
Are there some other aspects to business success that are not in the list above?
In fact, from my perspective, there is a range of business boosters not even imagined or hinted at in that list. I’ll try another, much shorter, list:
- Creativity skills
- Communication skills
- Collaboration skills
- Group development
So why would I think that such a list might be important?
Well, I have myself tried and I have seen others try to assimilate some of the skills in the first list with absolutely no success in spite of good resources (like motivation, intelligence, enough money to pay for courses/workshops/mentors, etc). Why might that be?
Well, my only answer is that a motivated, intelligent, resourced human can learn a lot and improve most skills. But I often see, and have often personally experienced, the opposite: failure after failure in spite of effort, dollars and good intentions.
My observation about a common cause for this kind of failure?
Well, most often what I have observed is that the cause sits deeper than the first list. And the deeper causes very often can lead to unconscious resistance that impedes learning the skills from the first list or impedes the ability to source them from the environment.
So what would I consider to be the goal of our business mastermind group, Connection with Direction?
In my view, we have come together to work on ourselves, to work on our group, and to improve our creativity, communication and collaboration skills through insightful exercises and conversations.
Can that approach really bring an increase in productivity?
My answer to that is that it, in part, depends upon your definition of productivity. However, what if focussing on the second list provided a feeling of being supported, increased our networking capacity, promoted mutual help, concern, and understanding, and expanded our consciousness and/or our feeling of spaciousness in life in general? It might even help alleviate some of those deep-seated resistances.
My belief is that such improvements, hard to quantify but easy to feel into, must contribute to anyone’s definition of productivity. It might be through more insight, better communication skills, a feeling of calm, or the feeling of having a supportive group. Whatever the combination of factors that lead to a more whole and happy individual and more competent and compassionate group, it seems to me that there must be spin-offs for our business productivity. Alone the confidence and trust to spill our problems or reach out to others for help to solve them, be they from list one or from a far deeper source, must affect our productivity positively.
How do you see it?