With most of us already having our business plans and objectives in place for 2017 and beyond, I have been prompted by the question in the last 12 months – What does the best version of you look like?
As a business owner who stepped away from the comfort of working for a brilliant business which had great vision by investing thousands in training and developing its management team and entire staff, I was concerned about the gap in learning that I would miss out on by running my own business and in turn how would I develop and inspire the people who work with me in order that our business is successful.
My solution came in the form of the Property Academy which similar to Vistage enables its members to learn from well respected business coaches and people who have held senior positions within many of the UK’s blue chip businesses.
As a result Property Academy became one of my key suppliers of training and development from day one of launching Thomas Mae and over the course of the last 18 months I have worked with the following business coaches who without a doubt have enabled and encouraged me to fast track the growth of my business.
- Susan Hallam – Digital Marketing and Social Media
- Floyd Woodrow – Negotiation
- Malcolm Smith – Delegation and leadership
- Mark Robb – Service Excellence
- Marcus Child – Personal Power and Employee Engagement
- Roger Harrop – The CEO trainer – Role of the CEO and Staying in the Helicopter
- Roger Martin-Fagg – Global Economic Trends and Value Proposition
- Pete Wilkinson – The One Page Action Plan
- Jo Haigh – Finance for the Non Financials
- Phil Hesketh – The 7 psychological reasons why people buy your product or service
- Chris Croft – Expert in Project Management and Efficiencies
One of the other benefits of engaging with Property Academy is that each of the days is spent in another members business thereby gaining further insight into things that are working well for other businesses and all without the threat that its a room of competitors.
One of the highlights from the development days was an invitation into Google’s UK Headquarters and gaining real insights in the fast moving world of digital marketing – this was particularly insightful having just launched our new website and weighing up how to target potential clients.
From talking to many SME owners, they’ve all said that they spend too much time in their business rather than taking a day out of it to actually work on their business. For everyone in every business whether you’re a member of staff or the boss – take a look at what plans you have in place for the year ahead to becoming the Best Version of You. If you’re an employee and you aren’t getting this type of training and development, then perhaps its a time to reconsider the people you are working for, otherwise you are in danger of becoming stale. Equally if you’re the boss and are learning all the time, share those experiences with your staff and customers – the coaches I work with have encouraged me to share with others and no surprises that my kids have to listen to me talking about this stuff too. If I can set them on the right foot as they get closer to heading off to university or work, I hope they will remember some of the valuable things I’ve learnt.
Regrets – my only regret is that I didn’t have access to this information and learning 20 years ago.
Every day is a school day and my vision for 2017 is to very much work on me and becoming the very best version of me that I can.
Wishing you and your families a very Happy and Successful 2017.Back to News