The Kind Entrepreneur

The Kind Entrepreneur

A kind entrepreneur is the business person who not only succeeds but who enjoys their entrepreneurial journey.  I’ve been in business long enough to see that how you treat those around you will determine how well your enterprise will go, how long it will last and how your reputation will be built. Whether you take this to mean looking after your employees or acting in a mindfully aware and kind way with other freelancers, kindness should always be your default way of treating people.

A Kind Entrepreneur Breed Success

The Cadbury brothers in Birmingham offer one example of treating employees well that is still very present in the memory of the West Midlands. When the first factory in the centre of Birmingham became too small, the brothers decided not only to relocate but also to offer their staff the best possible living conditions. They chose Bournville to establish their HQ, away from urban pollution. Bournville provided workers with tonnes of facilities, from sports grounds to houses. There was even a kitchen for the staff, which was a novelty at the time. The rest is history, and visitors can join the Cadbury World tour to visit the old houses and workplace. 

You might not be the next Cadbury, but you can certainly learn from the two brothers to create a company that looks after its people.

People are Everything in the Business World

First of all, it’s fair to say, that the idea of a people-centred economy is not new. Despite living in a date-focussed world those in the know understand that you can have all of the algorithms in the world but not succeed in business if you ignore the personal aspect. From clients to service providers and from employees to customers, it is essential that you don’t overlook the importance of being a kind entrepreneur when it comes to all of your person to person dealings. In a move designed to deliver a sense of caring at every level in the business – similar to the Bournville story, you can establish a sense of unity and loyalty that goes beyond what any other company can offer.

A  Kind Entrepreneur Takes Care

Your employees are the key to your success. They provide the services you deliver. They inject their creativity and productivity in the business. In a word, they make the brand. They can only build a reliable company if they know that you have their backs. If you want your staff to go above and beyond you need to show that you value them.Whether this means helping them looking after their future via mykeymaninsurance.com or investing in training to help them proceed will depend on who you employ and what your set-up is.  The better you look after your staff; the further your business can go.

The People, Your Reputation

The people you care about don’t need to be employees. In fact, businesses that make philanthropy a habit have experienced a positive return from their community. If you’re trying to take your business to the next level – see this article from the blog hannahfrancesmccreesh.com for more –, supporting a charitable cause that makes a difference to people’s lives is worth the most sophisticated marketing campaigns! In the end, your customers will love a company that cares about others!

 

As a kind entrepreneur, you need to put people at the top of your business plan. They are not only the most critical asset in your company; they are also the key to making your business relevant in a fast-paced market. From sole-traders to CEOs of multi-million-pound businesses, being kind is good for business certainly but it is more than that. Kindness in business is what will help ideas and innovations grow. The result of being a kind entrepreneur might simply be to make someone’s day better, and that is good news whether you are in business or not.

 

3 Tips for Taking a More Mindful Approach to Life

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One of the weirdest paradoxes of our times is that we are more materially comfortable than ever before, with technology allowing us to lounge around on the sofa for endless hours, in perfectly temperature-controlled environments, and with an endless array of interesting TV programs to watch on demand — but that, at the same time, we are apparently more stressed and anxious than ever before. With this in mind, we may all benefit from a more mindful approach to life.

For all the benefits that may come with a highly technologically-developed way of living, we also have to shoulder constant “static”, distraction, comparison to others, and so on. Finding the time and space to just relax with our thoughts and enjoy our immediate environments, has become increasingly difficult.

24/7 we’re comparing ourselves to our friends on Facebook, we’re gossipping on Twitter, we’re worrying about the latest news headlines, and we’re trying to absorb endless small information bites in the form of online articles and more.  The worrying thing is, this only describes the modern pressures that come with being digitally connected!

Finding ways to regain a more mindful approach to life can be very important in terms of our ability to unwind appreciate the moment. I completed a mindfulness diploma back at the beginning of the year and I have to say that I am glad I did. I was a very in-depth course and opened my eyes to mindful living.

Here are some suggestions for doing just that yourselves….

Dress More Mindfully

Take a more deliberate “quality over quantity” approach to your wardrobe. Many people deal with clothes in a pretty mindless way. They’ll grab whatever’s cheap and on sale, they’ll fill their wardrobe with all kinds of things they don’t really like, and they’ll feel vaguely discontented with their personal fashion. By “they”, I used to mean “me”. Taking a more deliberate, “quality over quantity” approach to your wardrobe can be a great way of reconnecting with the clothes you wear, in a mindful manner. Taking to time to inspect a stylish new ladies shirt collection and pick out a garment that really works for you, is better than buying 4 shirts cheaper shirts that don’t suit you. Consider how an item feels when you put it on, and how it makes you feel.

Consider Using a Fountain Pen to Write With

Most things that need to be written are typed, these days, and for those things that still get written out by hand, we’re more generally inclined to use cheap disposable ballpoint pens than to go to all the trouble of using a fountain pen. There are some good reasons to consider using a fountain pen to write with, however.For one thing, a fountain pen is almost a work of art. It’s an elegant device that can last you for years. It requires more attention when writing, and can produce much more attractive handwriting.There’s a whole ritual to using a fountain pen, from choosing the type of ink, to writing with intent. Writing with a fountain pen just makes the act of writing more meaningful. If this appeals to you, you might be interested in my book review of The Joy of Mindful Writing.

Reduce Your Screen Time

Use tools and services to help prevent you spending too much time online. The internet is a valuable resource, but it can absolutely be over-used, and when it is overused, you can find yourself falling through an endless abyss of clickbait headlines, videos, and memes. Use tools and services such as Cold Turkey Blocker to limit the time you spend online. With your new-found offline time, read more books instead. With a book, you get a much deeper, slower-paced, more engaging look into a subject than you do by skimming the web. Find great titles and reviews on GoodReads (web and app).

What do you consider a mindful activity? What would you like to do less of or more, to reduce the noise all around us and focus more on what is important, and what is going on around you?

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