As leaders, it is essential to seek and encourage new ways to add growth to your business. It helps to keep the company relevant and agile in times of competition surges. Having the ability to think and work smarter is a positive aspect of making a leader’s job more straightforward. Doing all the things you encourage yourself, creates respect among your workforce for you and each other. Small leadership qualities like this help provide a valued and healthy addition to a happy workplace.
If you can master and encourage a high-performance workplace, you become a valued and resourceful leader who will get noticed. Natural leaders who possess these types of skills and growth qualities are a valuable commodity to larger companies.
Here are Five High-Performance Growth Tips:
1. Stay Hydrated
Ensuring your workforce is fully hydrated creates high productivity and a high-performance work environment. Providing or encouraging employees to drink 3-4 litres of water per day will keep them energised whilst at work. It provides an excellent team-building workflow to rub off on your employees.
70% of the human body mass is water, so our levels always need topping up during the day. Many people fall foul of hydrating their bodies and become functionless due to the lack of energy. Having a good clean water supply around the workplace helps employees stay hydrated whilst at work.
The adverse effects of dehydrated employees for a company can be significant. A simple loss of 2% hydration can lead to higher blood pressure, more stress, less energy, focus and functional ability. All of which should not be present in a high-performance business environment.
2. Eat More Protein
Eating more protein earlier in the day promotes an alert mindset free of fatigue and energy crashes. It helps build creativity due to fewer sugar cravings. Your workforce can build up a good level of momentum throughout their day. Increased metabolism boosts will provide more team-building engagement allowing the day to pass quicker in the process.
An alert workforce will always produce higher activity and work output because of their newfound mental alertness—the benefit to medium and large size companies in providing such processes can be exponential. The business bottom line can increase significantly, keeping shareholders happy in the process.
The benefits of eating more protein will reduce deficiency in muscle mass. Eating more protein provides healthier bones that improve strength whilst encouraging fat burning. All of which keep your employees in a positive frame of mind whilst striving for growth on their development journey.
3. Exercise And Team Building Activities
Promoting weekly exercise and providing team building activity days help to maintain high-performance output. Team building events also encourage people to work together; in doing so, this helps to develop more strength while tackling any potential weaknesses.
Exercise helps to reduce stress as hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol become excreted. While exercising, our bodies produce mood hormones called endorphins. It is this that determines the upbeat, feel-good factor for everyone after working out.
Maintaining a high-performance work environment needs commitment from employees. Reducing stress and feeling good is a bi-product of what exercise can do for individuals and high performing company growth.
4. Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle
If your employees are encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle. One that can be free from possible illness and lack of motivation will positively affect their high performing growth.
In larger companies, tools and resources to promote a healthy lifestyle for employees should be accessible. Foods such as leafy green vegetables, fruit, fibre, protein and non-starchy sugary foods will help keep employees engaged in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Improvements in focus, concentration and attention span will improve significantly. The creativity and personal development growth of your employees will be a long term benefit for high-performance results.
As a business and a leader, you are helping to provide a positive impact on their lives. Their mental health will benefit, and in turn, you and your company become the vital hub for advocating happiness and wellbeing.
5. Keep Good Sleeping Hours
6-9 hours of sound sleep per night is a guide by the national sleep foundation for optimal benefits. It is an essential ingredient in maintaining a high-performance work environment.
Encourage your employees to keep good sleeping hours. The benefits for them and your business will be significant. A good night’s sleep helps boost the immune system, create a better mood for individuals, and increase high-performance productivity.
Other benefits of good sleep are a healthy heart and memory improvement. Having the ability to think clearer will reduce stress in the workplace for employees. Better team-building opportunities happen naturally when the mood in your business is improved. Having a healthy workforce will result in fewer sick days throughout the year, helping maintain the high-performance values you seek and encourage.
As leaders, you are only as good as the people you have around you. Encouraging and promoting the need to look after your own and your employee’s health, wellbeing, happiness, self-belief and confidence benefits your company whilst making your job more manageable. Why wouldn’t you want to work smart in this way?
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The quality that separates success from failure is the ability to keep moving forward in the face of failure — or even many failures. We speak from experience when it comes from overcoming failure. For every success we’ve had in our business, there are probably 10 failures to go with it. We’re not ashamed of that in the least. We’ve come to understand that the failures are an essential part of our growth.
We’ve created a multimillion-dollar company and brought an industry perceived as dark, disreputable and dirty more into the mainstream. Our company, Club Tattoo, is a chain of luxury tattoo and piercing studios. This success did not come easy.
Still, quitting has never been an option, even in those times when it seemed we were backed into a corner. If we quit, not only would we lose everything we’d worked so hard for, but we have a passion — even an obsession — for what we’re establishing. Success happens through hard work, endless enthusiasm and moving forward despite the fear. We also believe that in a business context, luck is just being ready when an opportunity comes along.
Other entrepreneurs experiencing bumps in their road to success can learn from the challenges we’ve faced and overcome. Here are a few tips to navigating the tough times.
1. Understand what makes a partner tick
Most people enter a partnership out of fear. They’re scared to take on the risk of whatever business they’re starting alone. Throughout our careers, we’ve had business partnerships and learned from some early ones that went south. Partnering with band members in a rock band and with friends in a recording studio taught us some tough lessons. The biggest contributing causes to the failures involved the lack of a foundation of solid communication, cohesive goals and strategies to reach those goals. Learning to trust in your partner is an essential ingredient in a successful partnership. Stay in your lane and honor your partner’s roles. Make sure those roles are well-defined so that conflicts over boundaries are kept to a minimum.
2. Harness the power of mentorship
We’ve both had mentors that weren’t experts in any one field per se, yet they had more life experience, and their guidance was invaluable. The people we truly feel grateful for are the ones who encouraged us to keep going when we felt like quitting. As busy business owners, we know it’s hard to dedicate the time needed to engage regularly with a mentor. But it’s crucial for small business owners to have one who can get them through the tough times.
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Most of us have hit low spots or been overcome with failures that at the time didn’t seem like they could be overcome. It’s the passion and desire of the true entrepreneur that will get them through the rough times. If you’d asked us in 2019 whether we thought we’d ever go out of business, we’d have answered with a resounding “Not a chance.” Then came COVID. When we were forced to close our Club Tattoo studios, we began to understand the economic impact was going to be severe and we needed to formulate a strategy to survive.
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