Making The Cut

By Scott and Jennifer Fontana

Making The Cut

Making the Cut: Planning for the Rest of the Year

As we pass the halfway mark in 2013, it’s time to stop living in  the past and instead look forward to how you can make the rest of 2013 amazing. At Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, we have an exciting few months left of this year with our salon renovations coming to a finish and our next hair show in the works.  Because of these projects, we keep up-to-date with all of our planning, which is key to accomplishing our goals.

In order to take stock of your situation and set up an action plan for the rest of 2013, writer Kevin Daum of Inc. Magazine gives us seven immediate action items.

Solve at Least One Communication Issue: Poor communication leads to hurdles when accomplishing a goal. Figure out where you are having a communication issue and smooth it out, whether it is with a team member that needs to hear some constructive criticism, dealing with a conflict in the workplace or falling short of communicating with your business partner.

Eliminate at Least One Useless Practice or Policy: In some small businesses, the policies and guidelines are arranged in order to help both the business and the employees succeed on a daily basis. When a policy hinders an employee, re-evaluate the meaning of the policy and either eliminate it or find a way to use it. Finding the practice that needs to be removed may be difficult from the business owner’s point of view, so it might be a good idea to take suggestions from your employees with an open mind.

Remove at Least One Useless Item From Your Budget: If you’re a small business that has outside resources coming in for cleaning or lunch deliveries, it’s time to see the worth in these extras. If you can’t think of something to eliminate, try a purge from your storage facility or go through your daily budget expenses line by line.

Commit to at Least One New Experiment: Now that your budget is in check and you have extra room in your practices and policies (tips #2 and #3), advance your company in a new way. Cristophe Salon Newport Beach hosted a very successful hair show in Orange County earlier this year and, because we had so much fun with this experiment, we are stretching our idea even further and bringing the show to a larger audience in Los Angeles next year.

Make at Least One New Major Connection: Adding people to your sales, operations or development teams will help your business grow faster no matter what time of year it is. Building a team around you that can advise you on business decisions will take your business to the next level.

Learn Something New: At Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, we are always learning new hair coloring, cutting and styling techniques, because continuing our education is very important to us. Find a passion or a skill you’d like to advance in and get started. This could be personal or professional, but either way will help push you to stay motivated for rest of the year.

Inspire at Least One Colleague: A team can accomplish more when it is working together. Take the time to find an employee who may be struggling and inspire them to achieve more by pulling them back on track. During this process you will both benefit and find value from your accomplishments.

How do you plan to keep your business on track for the remainder of 2013?

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