In this second instalment of the A-Z of entrepreneurs (see the A-Z of entrepreneurs part one here), you’ll see that some of the most well-known business people embrace some of the scariest things – change and failure – in order to continue to grow and learn in their businesses. And it’s paid off. Can you say the same?
N is the for Netflix workplace culture
A high-performance, high-stake way to run your workplace and lead your employees – find out more about this somewhat brutal approach here.
O is for Oprah
Arguably the most powerful woman in the world, Oprah has reinvented herself many times in order to stay relevant and provide value to her fans, who are, ultimately, her customers as well.
P is for Plan
Having a business plan is paramount if you want your company to succeed. If you haven’t done it yet, sit down with a book about how to create a solid business plan, and create one. If you’re not sure where to start, see our top questions to ask when building up a business plan. You won’t be sorry.
Q is for Questioning
Something you never want to stop doing is questioning if what you’re doing can be done better, in some way. The best way to stay relevant is to keep evolving in whatever way your industry demands.
R is for Reputation
Always remember how much your reputation, and your business’ reputation, is worth. It’s something that’s earned through hard work, being true to your word, and quality products and services, and it can’t be replaced.
S is for Self-Promotion
If you believe in the service or goods that your business provides, don’t be afraid to promote it. How else do you expect people to be able to discover what you have to offer them?
T is for Trust
Sometimes, you just need to trust your instinct. If your gut is telling you that this business idea will stick eventually, or if your gut is telling you not to trust a certain investor, sometimes you need to listen. Every great entrepreneur will tell you that they relied on their instinct part of the time.
U is for Understanding
Understanding what the world needs right now, and fulfilling that need with your product or service, is one of the cornerstones of creating a successful business.
V is for Virgin Group
Founded by one of the great entrepreneurs, Richard Branson, the Virgin Group is a conglomerate of more than 400 companies. Branson has always thought outside the box, and is a big proponent of learning through failure.
W is for Workspace
Creating an organised workspace, when you work from home, and choosing the right workspace to have employees work in, for larger businesses, can have a huge impact on productivity. Take our tips for effective workspace de-cluttering here.
X is for Xavier Roberts
One of the most iconic dolls on the planet, the Cabbage Patch Kids, was created by Xavier Roberts, a 21 year old art student. He knew when it was time to license his dolls (which is why it helps to be savvy about intellectual property), allowing them to grow to a level of popularity that never could have happened as a small toy producer on his own.
Y is for YouTube
You can learn, and get inspired, as an entrepreneur on the same website people spend hours watching cat videos. Check out this list of inspiring and informative interviews, speeches, and shows on YouTube.
Z is for Mark Zuckerberg
Love him or hate him, the ultimate kid with a good idea has turned into a great CEO who cares deeply about providing his employees with exactly what he would want, if he were in their shoes. What a great way to lead.