Is your business meeting all of its goals? Is it achieving all of the results you want?
If not, you’re not alone. In fact, according to this report, just five percent of small businesses achieved all their goals in the past 12 months.
There is no magic bullet that will propel you to become one of the five percent. And to be clear, being in the five percent doesn’t necessarily mean your business is doing better than others. Consider this: if you set your goals low and achieve all of them, is that better than setting them high and achieving half of them?
Regardless, foundational business principles tell us that there are specific things you can do to set yourself up for more success in your business.
Take this free assessment to see if your business is effectively positioned for success. You might be surprised at what you discover.
The assessment covers 25 foundational areas like your business’ purpose, planning, people, and processes, as well as accountability structures you have (or don’t have) in place. Taking the assessment will show you where you’re strong already, and where you might need to invest some energy to improve a weakness (or a few weaknesses).
Identifying a problem is the first step in solving it. Completing the assessment will take you less than 10 minutes, and even if you never act on the results, the process of completing it will force you to think about your business and will be well worth your time. That’s the feedback we get from our clients who take the assessment at the outset of our work together.
Try to be as objective as possible with your answers. If you’re strong already in an area, don’t be afraid to give a rating of three or four. And if you’re weak in an area, it’s okay to admit that and give a two or one rating.
At the end, total up each of your one, two, three and four ratings, and do the math to give yourself a score out of 100. Don’t worry about what your score is – there is no pass/fail mark. Again, the purpose is simply to get you to spend a few minutes to reflect on your business and to gain some insight on areas you may need to improve upon in order to give you a better chance of success in reaching your goals.
The assessment also establishes a starting point, aka your current state, so that you can measure improvement over time. For example, if you commit to improving in a few areas over the next three, six or 12 months – whatever timeline works best for you – you can retake the assessment and watch your overall score climb with each area you strengthen.
If after taking the assessment you’d like to discuss how to go about improving your score (and your business results), you can schedule a free, no obligation 30-minute one-on-one call with Andy.
Take a few minutes to do the assessment now. You’ll be glad you did!