I had met Jonathan Sands a few times before engaging with Connect Yorkshire and it is fair to say that part of the reason for joining Connect Yorkshire was to access titans such as Jonathan. To give context I am planning the next three to five years of business growth and mentoring is something that I need in order to have transparent, direct dialogue and a sounding board.
Jonathan was able to quickly diagnose my current position and identify three primary factors to address as part of the early stages of strategic development. These were (i) is it time to bring a running mate into my company? (ii) Consider repositioning the business and be more explicit and direct regarding the impact and effectiveness to clients (iii) Be more active at networking, fostering relationships with clients, colleagues, friends etc – effectively a relationship plan.
The session was insightful and has given me the impetus to roll up my sleeves and start putting plans in place.