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Library: From vision to decision: styling your business for success

 

by Monique Beedles

I recently had my 'colours' done by a fashion stylist. It's an interesting exercise that helps you to determine which colours suit you best when it comes to clothing and accessories. By the end of the process I had a well defined palette of colours to choose from.

As part of this process I also catalogued my wardrobe. I was pleased to find that most of the clothes I already owned fitted within the preferred colour scheme. Intuitively I had a sense of what suited me and what didn't. There are some colours I like better than others and there is a good reason for it. However, there were a few items of my wardrobe that clearly stood out as being the wrong shades.

With my new found knowledge I was happy to cull them immediately, regardless of how long I may have had them or how much I might have paid for them. I was happy to send a pile of good clothes to the Lifeline bin so that someone else would have use of them.

What was really powerful about the colour matching process, is that it also let me know which colours to avoid. I can now walk into a clothing store and immediately dismiss anything that's khaki, gold or brown. I can confidently buy black and white without fear that it's 'boring', instead knowing that it flatters my features.

Having a clear vision of what will work makes the decision making process so much easier. It's the same when we define the vision for our business. It's easy to think that it's something airy fairy and many people are inclined to believe that having a vision is a waste of time. But how much time do we waste trying on clothes that will never suit us, buying outfits that we'll never wear?Having a clear vision makes all the day-to-day decisions much easier.

To work, the vision must be well defined and meaningful. If you have a vision that isn't working, it may need to be more clearly defined. If you're caught up in all the day-to-day decision making without seeming to have time to think ahead, actually stepping back and clarifying your vision may be the first step you need to take to get things back on track.


Monique Beedles
With a PhD in Corporate Strategy and experience with some of Australia's leading organisations, Monique Beedles brings both the knowledge and the practical business skills needed to strengthen your competitive advantage. As a recognised expert in Strategy and Business Design for corporate clients, small business, government and not-for-profit organisations, Monique is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops and industry events. Find out more about Monique at www.moniquebeedles.com

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