Doing well at work: Understanding money and business

Introduction

My name is Bob Windmill and I am the Managing Director of Windmill Insight Solutions Ltd.My passion is helping people and organisations become better at what they want to do. My blog is a way of sharing with you the sorts of projects I am involved in.

Bob WIndmill, MD, Windmill Insight Solutions
Bob Windmill, MD, Windmill Insight Solutions

I also write about how you can help yourself or your organisation become better at what you do.

Of course, what “better” means is an entirely different discussion, but I will write about that on another day.

In today’s topic I will talk about how a business works with money, the key money related terms needed in business and the pitfalls that await business owners and employees that don’t have a sensible grasp of basic business finance.

I picked this topic because money is the lifeblood of every business, even not-for-profits, and it is vital that both business owners and employees understand how it woks and how to avoid the pitfalls that await the financially naive.

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Doing well at work: Being a Go-To Person

Introduction

Bob WIndmill, MD, Windmill Insight Solutions
Bob Windmill, MD, Windmill Insight Solutions

My name is Bob Windmill and I am the Managing Director of Windmill Insight Solutions Ltd.

My passion is helping people and organisations become better at what they want to do.

My blog is a way of sharing with you the sorts of projects I am involved in.

I also write how you can help yourself or your organisation become better at what you do. Of course, what “better” means is an entirely different discussion, but I will write about that on another day.

As individuals we want to do well and be successful at work. Generally we all want to do well at work. Certainly few of us set out to do badly at work.

For those who are ambitious doing well is how you develop and progress professionally while for others its more about being a valued employee who enjoys making a great contribution.

In both cases it’s simply more fun and less stressful to do well than to do badly in your career.

I was able to learn this lesson because of a manager who could see past the rather unhappy individual who got by doing the bare minimum to see someone who could do much better.

If you are interested in that story have a read of my post How I escaped a life of grind.

In this post I will talk  about what makes a Go-To Person, the sort of person who is valued by colleagues and customers alike as the safe pair of hands that can take on fairly well anything and do it well.

So, let’s get started.

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Doing well at work: Intro

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Introduction

My name is Bob Windmill and I am the Managing Director of Windmill Insight Solutions Ltd.My passion is helping people and organisations become better at what they want to do. My blog is a way of sharing with you the sorts of projects I am involved in.

I also write how you can help yourself or your organisation become better at what you do. Of course, what “better” means is an entirely different discussion, but I will write about that on another day.

Learning from failure

Much of what I will be talking about I learned from the best teacher in the business – Failure.

If you don’t believe that failure is good teacher just have a look at video clip from Michael Jordan, arguably the best basketball player that has ever lived.

He is quite clear that he became the player he is because he tried and failed, but then bounced back.

Any-one who is or has been job hunting will know this well.  Even at my best I would only get about every third job that I went for.

If I hadn’t decided to re-group and keep trying after the initial disappointments I would probably still be doing smelly laboratory tests for a living.

My point is this – the only time you really fail is when you give up.

Future topics

Below I’ve given a flavour of some of the topics I’ll be writing about:

  • Being a great worker. My thoughts on how you can learn to be the worker that you colleagues, bosses and client value and want to work with. There is no quick fix here but by learning what works and what doesn’t we can become the individual valued by colleagues and clients.
  • T Shaped Skills. How to become the well rounded individual who can step up to a challenge and do well at it. Will everything you try work out? No chance. But each failure gives you the opportunity to learn and do better next time
  • “Better” vs “Perfect”. A discussion on the benefits of improving a product or service incrementally rather than trying to make it  perfect first time. Will all you product and service ideas work? Again – No chance. But each failure will help improve your next idea.
  • Crash and Ignite. Normally the phrase is “crash and Burn” which indicates failure. I my case the crash was literally that; a life threatening crash racing a motorcycle on the Isle of Man. However this lead to a whole new career direction, which I think of as a setback igniting a new opportunity.
  • Work vs Play. I am constantly amazed by the number of people who do tremendous things in their leisure time but then don’t do the same at work. Learn how to recognised leisure skills that can help you at work.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this post. If you have thoughts on what I have written so far please leave a comment. Also if you have an idea for a topic for this series let me know and  I’ll be delighted to find a space for it.

Thanks again

Bob windmill