This article from MyBusiness explores 5 things to support your employees and yet I feel they are good leadership and business practice that will enable your business.
In summary the 5 things mentioned in the article are:
1. convey your plans
2. evaluate self as leader
3. recognise achievement,
4. provide the tools to succeed, and
5. remember that tech is not the solution to everything
These seem to me to be good foundations for doing business really. Talking with others about your plans – not your competitors – can get fresh ideas and generate support. Why not include your key suppliers in some of those ideas as it can provide them with a sense of certainty that you will be an ongoing customer.
Evaluating your own performance and remembering to include what you do well is important. We are all human and learning as we go into new situations, One thing some of us learn is that having a good support person like a business partner, advisor or coach is essential to doing good business.
Remember that technology is not the answer to the only way to do business. There is still a strong in-built need in many people for a feeling of trust before they will buy, and trust is more easily built in person.
As the article says, if you apply these 5 principles you will engage better with your team. And a team clear on their purpose and what is happening around them will almost always far out perform any other team.
Commercially sensitive and financial information is the exception to this rule of course! Stay general when you talk about goals to grow the business.