What business owners can learn from elite athletes .

Guest Blog. Tears have been shed at the Olympics, particularly by our young swimmers who, according to the critics, “could have, should have” done better. Pity the swimmers; preparation is vital but so is focus and self-belief. In an elite field of almost-equals, it is mental and emotional preparation, as much as physical conditioning, that separates those who win from those who come in second. In professional services, like accounting or bookkeeping, everything starts with self-belief. Do you actually believe you’re worth more than you’re charging? Or do you only believe you’re only worth an hourly rate? Following the price set by others is no way to win the race; indeed, in pricing of basic services, it’s a race to the bottom. Pricing is not set by the market; it’s as much about confidence – how you carry yourself and how you come across – as anything else. What business owners can learn from elite athletes Research on elite athletes shows that most successful athletes differ from less successful ones in the following ways: Increased confidence Greater-self regulation More positive thoughts and images More determination of commitment Elite sports people (and their trainers/coaches) look at strengths and weaknesses and require a plan. That’s what the women’s rugby sevens did and this played a key role in Australia’s Olympic victory and the claiming of the World Series crown. A professional services firm or any service business that does not want to be a second rate business will require a fundamental shift in their approach and processes. It will require that you have a plan to close the gap strategically. And...

Exciting times at HR On Call.

It’s been a very exciting couple of weeks at HR On Call.  We have featured in the Small Business section of the Herald Sun on July 20.  Paul Beauchamp was written an article on “Dialling up HR help”.  In this article one of our clients is quoted as saying “outsourced HR is the perfect solution for a company of 20.  We are not big enough to justify someone full time, but we want to make sure we’re doing everything right from a legal perspective” Peter Williams Co founder Infiti Telecommunications.   The second piece of news is that HR On Call has been ranked  as one of the top 200 HR blogs on the web by feedspot....