Thursday morning. Call from E at the congress. Someone has stolen the control unit for one of our products. The box was sitting under a table at our stand with several other exhibitors in the same location, but we have no idea who else had access to the room.
First I got offended. How rude! And then, quickly….anger. Who isn’t playing fair!? Come on, competition is healthy and good, as long as there is moral and ethics as a foundation.
But then, as the team corralled and started looking for a solution (we needed another unit there asap — the congress was starting, and we needed SOMETHING to demonstrate our new launch product with!), I sat down and though about it.
We would turn it into a Big Win.
Marketing made posters with a “MISSING LISA MARIE” theme all over them, and we plastered them all over the venue. We spoke to everyone about it, and we emailed all attendees. Our product ended up being the most spoken about, and even now, a week after the event, people ask how it is going. (It hasn’t been found yet, but if you have any idea where it is located, please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do I have any idea where it may be? Yep. But I prefer to think people are good, and there is no point in making accusations that have no proof, even if there is motif. I will put my inner Sherlock to bed and move on.
It helps growth tremendously to not have to be right. I find it intersting that when new people join the team, it takes a couple of months until they realise that there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a different view than me.
It may be because I deliberately hire people who I think can do a better job than me. But if that is the case, I am either wrong about the individual (has happened, obviously) or they have worked for a long time without realising their full potential. So let’s for arguments sake say that everyone in the team has worked at 75% before they come here, and I employ 10 people. That is me theoretically adding 0.25 x 10 people to the team, just by making sure each person gets the space and support they need to spread their wings and fully contribute to the best of their abilities.
And the best thing? Those 2,5 extra people doesn’t cost me a thing — quite the opposite. Employees love not being told to swim in their lane, and the environment we have is tremendously encouraging. I couldn’t ask for a more dedicated team.
This is working really well for us, and I wonder what else I can do to further improve it? Any ideas or suggestions are welcome!
Lots of things to manage when you’re running your own little shop. Todays challenges:
- I don’t have a will. I know that is really bad, and I need to get to it. But as a business owner, anything that isn’t directly or indirectly leading to someone wanting to buy my stuff automatically goes on the Yellow List (Pink List: Today stuff. Blue list: Tomorrow stuff. Yellow list: Later stuff).
- I have to start a company in Ireland.
I have absolutely no idea how to do that. Oh, and hire someone too. AND I need to start trading on January 1 2017.
So the first one is pretty simple, right? (apparently my suggested solution to the Financial Advisor of “Not Dying” wasn’t as funny as I thought. Oh well. )
- Make list of assets
- Make a will
- Appoint power of attorney
The second one….good thing I can reach out to my Trade Advisor at UK Trade & Investment for things like this. She will know what to do (or know someone who knows).
In short, on my To Do list for this weekend are:
- Don’t die yet; make will first
- Don’t get tempted by scruffy looking simple solution on how to incorporate in Ireland; talk to some sensible people who actually know what they are doing.
And on that note: Goodnight.
Twitter followers come and go for me. Sort of like tide.
I am competitive, so I like the ups, and I am trying hard not to take the downs personally. After all, it is not a goal in itself for me to have followers on my twitter or blog. I sell nothing, want you to sign up for nothing and basically have no interest in your money at all.
I am however keen on helping. Sometimes, only sometimes, I have felt that amazing feeling you get when you see something click for someone. They just saw things in a different way, from another angle, and it made them better. If I can do that, I am happy. But I digress.
Point is: do you know who your followers are and why they are following you? Perhaps that question is worth a thought not just for twitter, but for real life as well. And then….how can you help them?
Remember that movie “Pay It Forward”? Call me naive, but that’s what I am doing. What do you think? Am I just a bit too blue eyed?
it is important to me that we are clear, positive, solution oriented and customer focused, and that we give our customers a reliable impression. Negative or weak words are not supporting that mantra, so I constantly work for them to be replaced by deliberately “positively charged” words instead.
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If you review text, take a moment to reflect on how it left you feeling. What words stand out, which ones do you remember? Are they positive or negative?
How about this text? Which is the most emotionally loaded word for you? Comment below and share your view — I am curious!
The CEO of an award winning Medical Device company is considering expanding to Ireland or Germany after the EU referendum
Angela Spang, CEO of medical device provider JUNE MEDICAL, is contemplating a move from London to somewhere else in Europe following Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
Spang is concerned that Brexit will make it harder for her to obtain innovative products from across the continent for her company. Fast paced and award winning JUNE MEDICAL has already grown over 100% since it was founded in 2013.
“There is a huge demand for high-quality medical device and any advantage a company has in accessing innovative products is a huge factor,” she told XXXX. “Mutual recognition for regulatory approval provided access to European wide launches — this is a powerful engine for growth that may now be removed.”
Access to European funding and access to European markets for her own new products will also influence Spang’s decision, she said.
Potential new office locations for JUNE MEDICAL include Ireland and Germany but the company won’t be making any hasty decisions. “We’re monitoring what impact this has over the next 1-2 quarters. If we see a big change in the availability of products or dramatically changed terms, then we will consider alternative geography for investment and growth.
She added: “It doesn’t change our current commitment to the UK, but could change our growth plans significantly.”
So I’m an introvert. One of those who, if invited to a party will come up with a list of reasons why I can’t come, even though I do like you and your friends a lot. It is just that to me, meeting new people takes a lot of energy.
It doesn’t mean I don’t like people. Quite the opposite; I find humans absolutely fascinating, and I spend hours every day thinking about why we do what we do, how we can do it better and how we are motivated. Perhaps it is because I invest a lot in the relationships I have, and more fleeting interactions are not for me.
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Two weeks I was asked to do a live TV interview, on a show that is broadcasted to 365 million households. Funnily enough, that is an event that really makes me excited! Put me in a car with someone I hardly know and I will try to climb out after 5 minutes, but live TV!? I’d love to!
Of course I was a bit nervous, those famous butterflies had a little race just before we went on air, but overall? Calm as a pot of soured milk. (Swedish expression)
I would do it again if I could!