Blog: Opinion

Scaling Up Business Growth with Billie Attaway

  • Event Date: May 17, 2016
  • Event Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Event Location: Whitfield Executive Center @ Charleston Southern University
  • Event Address: 9200 University Blvd, Charleston, SC 29423

Register quickly, only a few seats are left.

Billie Attaway has lived in Charleston for 38 years and built and sold two multi-million dollar businesses. He is also one of only 165 certified Gazelles International Coaches. Watch a quick interview of Billie with my friend Boyd Stough.

6 Habits to Help You Succeed

Success is a mindset, so double down on these habits

  • Stay Teachable - It is important as you grow your business journey that you remain teachable. Why? It is an attitude of humility that recognizes there is always more to learn. If you are looking for a mentor (which you should be unless you have one), this is key. Mentors want to know they are adding value, so to keep one ensure you are listening, trying their advice and asking questions.

  • Stay Adaptable - Is this similar to staying teachable? Yes. It is that important. Being adaptable is about having awareness. You need the ability to recognize when things aren't working and why they aren't working. Don't continue a routine that isn't working for the sake of following the "playbook". Situations change. Customers change. Technologies change. Be willing to get rid of processes and products that aren't producing the right results.

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I Dare You to Trust Me

Believing the experts blindly comes at great cost. Sure many experts are on point and full of great insights. However, each of us has blind spots or occasionally miss the mark. So what, right?

Consider that becoming an expert involves more than just following sage advice from those that have gone before us. We become experts by exploring our hunches and making bold predictions in the face of the impossible. Yes, this leads us to faltering from time to time, but trying to avoid forging your own path will come at a much greater cost.

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Ignore The Unicorns

This may sound counterintuitive, but really it has your best interest in mind. If you can manage to look away you'll have much more productive and enjoyable days ahead. Perhaps you think I'm making a snap judgment on more than a handful of industry juggarnauts.

By shifting your focus away from the Unicorns you'll improve your venture in several ways

  • You'll be focused on your customers not your (potential) competition
  • You'll be focused on internal milestones not mentions on blogs or industry magazines
  • You'll be focused on on pushing forward not lingering in the present

Why are these 3 points so vital? Because the consequences losing your focus to the above items can completely derail you personally or negatively impact your entire venture.

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Mad Methods

What do you know about business methodologies? Are you currently using a specific methodology? Is it being utilized successfully within your organization? If not, what isn't working?

Perhaps you see where I'm going. There are many things to consider when choosing a specific approach toward progress within your venture. There are two important things to keep in mind.

  1. Using any methodology that lends structure is better than flying by the seat of your pants

  2. Holding fast to a methodology that isn't working is worse than flying by the seat of your pants

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