In terms of professional development for small business owners, learning is an essential activity for growth and success long term.
Standing still or working in a vacuum is not a good strategy for any business. Professional development for small business owners helps avoid complacency and stagnation and is critical to long term business success.
Whether you’re in start up or growth, low tech or high tech innovation, professional development for small business owners means finding good opportunities for learning and committing to engagement in a community of practice.
And you don’t have to be Apple or Virgin to tap into the flood of ideas and inspiration that’s out there all around you.
With a little structure and discipline for managing information overload, it’s yours for the taking.
In a world where time is money, it’s easy to sacrifice your own professional development to other ‘pressing’ matters. But here’s a classic example of (re) prioritising things to do that are not urgent but highly important.
Below are 5 practical ways to take control by putting aside a small amount of time per day, per week and per month to professional development for small business owners. The results can make all the difference to your next big leap.
#1 - Immerse yourself in ideas Twitter, LinkedIn and online networks offer sources of inspiration right on your doorstep (or rather your smart phone or tablet!). Using a simple filter, just 15 minutes a day reading thought provoking reflections via tweets, posts or articles can highlight opportunities to learn something new to catching sight of practical development strategies you can apply to your business.
#2 - Mastermind with experts Business networks and social media are great ways to follow your passion and exchange ideas with like-minded people. This in turn will help you to differentiate yourself and your business in an increasingly busy and competitive market. Rather than ending up as a bunch of notes and papers that ‘might be useful’ but are easily lost or forgotten, successful business owners are working with an experienced business mentor who can assist you to apply what you learn in a structured and results-driven manner
#3 - Get involved Attending events and getting involved in locally organised gatherings of people can be truly inspirational and an opportunity to cultivate relationships and find solutions to common challenges. Events require a commitment so here you’ll find people who seriously want to share what they are doing and learn about what makes a difference to them in business and education.
#4 - Take a course While there are masses of ways to develop knowledge and skills online and in day-to-day networking, going on a workshop or attending a conference can help cement other informal learning. Again, working with a business trainer can also help structure your learning and even gain you a qualification (if desired).
#5 - Give a talk Presenting and teaching others is a great way to develop your own learning, build your reputation as a leader and expert, and gain valuable feedback from your communities of practice.
For more information about professional development for small business owners, contact Jay at Belanda Consulting.