The First 100 Days In Your Business



June 14  2013 l ndbs   By: Ndzavi Derrick Hlungwani 


First 100 days are crucial for any head of state as that is the time to get settled in the office amidst all the hype and the excitement of having won the elections.  That is when the head of state appoint the cabinet, meet different Director Generals who have been serving in the previous term, handing of olive branch to opposition, chopping and changing.  It is within that period that it starts to sink in that one is now in charge and making sure that a formidable team is put in place to take the country forward in the next four or five years.  It is also at this time that the country is watching with anticipation every move head of state makes.  Scrutinizing the appointments made.   A lot of hard work is put in place. 

The same applies to the business.  The first 100 days are important as any decision made within that period will determine if that business will succeed going forward or not.  Here is “To Do” list in the first 100 days.

Appointing the right team

As entrepreneur you need to appoint the right team that will work with you.  Getting a posh office will not give you edge in the market but having the right team will.  You must identify people with skills that will occupy the office and bring synergy in the company. 

Arrange induction for your staff

You need to have budget in place to arrange crush courses whereby they will be lectured on company policy and even products as not all of them may have an in-depth knowledge of your products or service.  You must be able to interpret the manuals than hand them just as they are as some may be overexcited for having the job and not go through the manual like many car owners do as they refer to manuals only when they experience challenges with the car.  The induction must include a person making tea or security at the gate up to the top management.  The induction must cover your vision and mission and the background of the company, your policies and product knowledge.  You need to have a time slot where you share the vision in details and impart yourself and your knowledge of the product to your staff.

Have the Corporate Identity and basic office automation in place

There is no such thing as “we will see ahead” when it comes to operation.  Clients tend to demand what you don’t have.  And you cannot walk into the office of a client whom you expect to ditch their reliable client for you without Business card that will state your company name, your details with email address.  The email address should be the proper company one than generic like gmail, yahoo etc.  That would mean that your company should be having a website, even if you have no website but should have domain registered whereby you can have your email addresses functioning.  Mistakes most people make is to have business cards in the name of a person but the email address is written “reception” or “sales” @  as  already you are telling your client that they may not be dealing with you directly in future.

Work in such a way that when 100 days are over you have covered all the basics.  And after 100 days you have five year plan facing you that will be made up by monthly and yearly targets.  Welcome to aboard Airforce ONE President.



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