What business lessons can we learn from the revised WTO figures?

“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.” John Allen Paulos

This quote may come from a mathematician rather than a business leader, but I think it sums up the mood of many within the business community right now.

Companies are having to adjust to major changes in the world around them. From the uncertainty triggered by the UK’s decision to leave the EU to slowdowns in major countries like Brazil and China, the global economy is going through a period of significant change.

Reflecting this fact, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) recently revised its forecast for global trade growth down by over a third. According to the organisation, growth this year will total 1.7 per cent.

This is down on its April estimate of 2.8 per cent. Responding to the statistics, director-general of the WTO Roberto Azevedo said the slowing of trade growth is a serious issue. He went on to suggest it should “serve as a wake-up call”.

Businesses must be prepared to adapt and innovate

It’s easy to panic when market conditions get tough, but instead of doing this, it’s important to try to take a step back and see what we can learn from situations like this.

To me, the WTO figures reinforce the fact that companies have to be ready to adapt and innovate whenever they are met with difficulties. By making sure they are agile and prepared to change their business models to deal with the challenges of the time, companies can protect themselves from a whole range of potential problems.

In fact, the savviest operators are often able to turn seemingly negative situations into positives for their businesses.

A business case in point

In a recent blog post, I referred to the example of the music industry and the so-called ‘lost-decade’.

As the digital revolution kicked in and people started to change the way they consumed music, the profits of traditional record companies tumbled from US$14.6 billion in 1999 to $6.3 billion 10 years later.

While many companies struggled in these difficult circumstances, some were able to overhaul their approach and went on to not only survive, but thrive. They did so by innovating and creating new, successful products.

As Paulos’ quote elegantly expresses, there will always be uncertainty. It’s knowing how to cope with changing demands that can bring people (and in this context businesses) a sense of long-term security.

Chris Niarchos is founder and chairman of the Cobra Group of Companies. In his role, he is responsible for setting the strategic direction for all of the businesses within the group. Since setting up the company in Australia in 1988 at the age of 22, he has grown it into a successful international organisation. It is now a group of diversified companies specialising in managing and developing an exciting and varied portfolio of businesses.

My top public speaking tips (hint: they’re not about picturing your audience naked)

Mars Cowley-Smythe public speakingAs part of my job, I do a lot of public speaking. I know that it isn’t the most popular activity in the world – as many as 95% of people say it’s one of their greatest fears. But, when you break it down, it doesn’t have to be any more frightening than having a chat with your colleagues around the water cooler.

So I thought I’d take the opportunity to run over some of the best public speaking tips that I’ve received and how they can help you to share your messages.

Public speaking needs passion

For me, public speaking is all about inspiring passion. Speaking to an audience is an opportunity for me to talk about what we’re doing and the direction that the company is going in. It’s a great way to share what inspires me with people in my company and in Appco’s independent contractor network.

In my experience, being more comfortable with public speaking isn’t just about picturing your audience naked. It involves thinking about how you deliver your speech as much as what you’re actually saying.

Public speaking needs audience awareness

When I think about some of the best speeches that I’ve watched recently – speeches by people like Barack Obama and Steve Jobs – one of the most obvious strengths is that they are always aware of their audience.

When Obama speaks at a small town hall gathering, he engages each of the attendees individually, making eye contact and gesturing (note, not pointing aggressively) to attendees learn the facts here now. When he’s speaking to a much larger crowd, like at his inauguration, he’ll completely change his tone and gestures. He won’t walk around so much, he’ll stand taller and look more statesmanlike.

Most importantly, a great speaker will tailor what they’re talking about to who they’re talking to. Look at when Obama goes to speak to a small group of people: he’ll talk about things that engage that audience. When he’s speaking to the nation, say, for example at a State of the Union, he’ll behave more formally and will move around less.

Public speaking needs a personal touch

So you know your audience, how do you make sure that you reach them? This, I think, is relatively simple: tell a story. Anecdotes help your audience understand and follow your thinking.

In some of the speeches I’ve given around the world, I often tell a story from my own life, which has influenced my thinking in some way, such as the ‘Be Something More’ poster from my childhood. My mum wouldn’t let me have any other posters on my bedroom wall.

This one ended up influencing my entire way of thinking and I think that sharing this helps my audiences to understand where I’m coming from. I’ve included a video of me talking about it below.

https://youtu.be/l15z3vd77QQ

Public speaking is, at its simplest form, about communication. How do you share the ideas that you’re passionate about and bring your audience along with you?

When I think about it in this way – when I try to really understand the mindset of my audience and consider the opportunity I have to share with them a very personal vision about where we’re all going – far from dreading it, I can’t help but be excited by public speaking.

Nobel Peace Prize inspires us to make change

Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai

This week, all eyes will be on Oslo for the announcement of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, one of the world’s highest honours.

Established by dynamite entrepreneur, Alfred Nobel in 1895, the prize’s 129 laureates have achieved everything from ending centuries-long conflicts to empowering the disadvantaged to start their own businesses.

As a businessperson, the Nobel laureates who inspire me most are not the politicians or the peacemakers, but the people whose courage and wit helped to bring enormous change to their communities.

While winners like Theodore Roosevelt, Yasser Arafat, and Shimon Peres — who passed away last week — are, no doubt, inspiring for their statesmanship, courage and diplomacy, the prize winners that really resonate with me are people like Malala Yousafzai and Muhammad Yunus.

Nobel Peace Prize changemakers

What attracts me to these laureates is the way they bravely took up the challenge of bringing change to their communities — often through unconventional means. Malala Yousafzai, for example, agitated for the rights of all girls in her community to receive an education.

From the age of 11, Malala spoke out about girls’ right to education at press clubs and political gatherings. Later, she used an anonymous BBC blog to rally international attention to a Taliban prohibition on the education of girls in her home, the Swat Valley.

With her father, who ran a local school, she covertly continued her education in spite of the ban. Of course, we know now that this eventually led to her being shot and nearly losing her life.

Malala’s story shows not just incredible courage in standing up for one’s beliefs, but also her ability to use the tools she had at her disposal to fight for what she believed in: a global movement for the education of women.

Her efforts were rewarded in 2013, when the United Nations member states pledged to eradicate the barriers to education for the 66 million girls in the world who were unable to attend school.

Thinking small to achieve big social and business change

Another Nobel laureate who resonates with me doesn’t receive much media attention. Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi activist and entrepreneur won the award in 2006 for an initiative called Grameen Bank, a pioneer of what is known as microcredit.

It’s no secret that people without much income or assets find it difficult to get loans. This can put them at a huge disadvantage if they want to invest in their education or in starting a small business.

The Grameen Bank’s microcredit model offered easy credit to people who might otherwise be unable to access it to help them start their own businesses. A huge success, it’s enabled tens of thousands of people to take their futures into their own hands by going into business for themselves.

What inspires me about Yunus’ story is the faith that he had in the people of his community to be able to start their own businesses if they had enough capital. Backing individuals like Yunus does allows disadvantaged people to take control of their lives and futures.

Having founded several businesses myself, and having contracted many self-employed businesspeople, I’ve been able to witness how empowering running a business can be. Independent marketing companies in the Appco Group network, for example, give people the opportunity to develop their own career paths and work towards running their own businesses, if they choose.

Giving people, regardless of their background, the opportunity to be the masters of their own future is one of Yunus’ great legacies. Looking forward to the announcement this Friday, I hope the jury will continue to recognise people like Malala Yousafzai and Muhammad Yunus, whose tireless work has empowered people to achieve their potential.

 

 

UN General Assembly encourages me to ‘be something more’

The UN General Assembly
The UN General Assembly

My thoughts on the UN General Assembly

I’ve been following the UN General Assembly’s annual meeting in New York with a lot of interest. It’s the time when nearly all of the world’s leaders come together and discuss the world’s most pressing problems.

A common theme at this year’s General Assembly meeting has been empowering ordinary citizens to create change. We’ve heard world leaders urge not just governments, but also people to do what they can to tackle the most pressing global issues, from the refugee crisis to climate change.

Be something more

All of this reminds me of a poster that I had on my wall when I was younger. As a child, like most kids, I really wanted a poster of a rock band or my favourite film, but I was never allowed to put anything on my bedroom walls. Then one day, my mum came home with a poster for me, featuring the simple phrase: ‘Be something more’.

As regular readers of this blog will know, ‘Be something more’ is extremely important to me. It’s the motto of Appco Group and it’s one of my guiding principles. I think the foundation of ‘Be something more’ is very similar to what is being talked about at the UN and that is to be the change that you want to see.

Be something more in Laos

One of the ways that we use this philosophy at Cobra Group is through the charities that we support. As a company, we help fund the Support Lao Children charity, which maintains several orphanages for children in Laos as well as providing for their healthcare and education.

Not only does the company support the charity, but the important thing about the idea of ‘Be something more’ is that it challenges everyone at the company to see what kind of change they can bring to the world. One of the ways we do this is to provide permanent employees of The Cobra Group of Companies the opportunity to support the charity through payroll contributions. The charity has managed to bring incredible change to Laos — over 4,000 children are now being cared for by Support Lao Children.

What’s even better is that we’ve noticed that so many employees in Cobra have taken the initiative to go out into their communities to ‘Be something more’. For example, Faiza, who works in the Appco Group contact centre, recently returned from a trip to Kenya, where she volunteered on several crucial projects. In the Cobra Communications team, Tamsin has been volunteering her time designing a charity’s webpage. Dom, the Business Manager of Global Fundraising services, volunteers his time to advise a charity that helps sufferers of mental illnesses.

Sometimes it feels overwhelming reading the news and hearing about the number of immense problems in the world, but I’m always encouraged when I think about the number of people I work with who take it upon themselves to ‘some something more’ and to make change in the communities in which they live. There’s so much energy and talent in the world, and when we harness it and direct it at the right goals, I think we’d all be surprised about the amount of change that we can bring.

The ‘flaws’ that make brilliant businesspeople

From ambition, bravery and risk-taking to boundless energy and confidence, there are some characteristics that are generally agreed to make a brilliant businessperson. But alongside these traits, there are some less obvious qualities that I think contribute to people’s entrepreneurial success – and which may be seen as flaws in many other contexts.

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Obsessing over the small things may be seen as a flaw, but I oversaw everything in the early days – including offloading stock!

Flaw #1: an aversion to the typical 9 to 5

From a young age, I knew I wasn’t suited to a typical 9-5 job; instead I wanted to set out on my own path and try something different. This is partly why, at the age of 22, I set up my first company in Sydney.

It’s common for entrepreneurs to feel dissatisfied unless they have a challenge to rise to, and it’s partly what spurs them on to attempt something new and to take risks. The idea that no two days will be the same and that they will be masters of their own destiny gives these people the motivation and hunger they need to pursue their dreams as entrepreneurs.

Flaw #2: a tendency to challenge the rules

In most work environments, it’s important to have a healthy respect for following instructions and fitting in with company rules and structure if you are to climb the career ladder and achieve success. But the journey to the ‘top’ tends to be a little different if you’ve opted for the entrepreneur route.

Entrepreneurs have a tendency to challenge the status quo and to play by their own rules. This predisposition to question orthodoxies and to devise new and improved ways of doing things can allow them to see opportunities where others only see problems. In short, a tendency to question the status quo can make you a natural leader, which obviously helps in steering a company and its employees  to success.

Flaw #3: obsessing over even the smallest detail

Obsessing over the smallest of details can be perceived as time-wasting – and even annoying – in many areas of life. But for a business leader it plays a crucial role in ensuring their enterprise runs smoothly and they stay one step ahead of the competition.

This is especially the case when you’re just starting out. I recall the early days in my own business when I personally saw to the unloading of delivery vans to make sure my precious stock was accounted for!

If you’re an entrepreneur or business owner, the buck literally does stop with you. So, being determined to make sure that every element of your company is set up to help you succeed – from the quality of your products and services to the set-up of your office – helps you to set yourself apart from competitors and ensure lasting success.

In my experience, one of the most significant hallmarks of a great business leader is the ability to remain focussed and refusing to let standards slip, no matter how much pressure you are under.

As the founder and chairman of the Cobra Group of Companies, Chris Niarchos is responsible for setting the strategic direction for all the businesses within the group. This includes Global Fundraising Services, which is a first-choice donor acquisition and donor care agency for many non-profit organisations around the world. Operating across 25 countries, it offers a range of services, including online and face-to-face fundraising and on-going donor management services.

What can an F1 pit crew teach you about teamwork in business?

From the likes of Lewis Hamilton to Sebastian Vettel, it tends to be the drivers in Formula One who get the attention. But without the precision teamwork of a tightly knit and talented pit crew behind them, these stars wouldn’t get off the starting blocks, let alone over the finish line.

As a huge fan of motorsport, I’ve often noticed the parallels between the teamwork involved in this sport and in the business realm. So, here are a few things I believe an F1 pit crew can teach you about the importance of working together within a company.

F1 pit crew works on a race car
Businesses can learn from the teamwork of an F1 pit crew, says Cobra Group founder Chris Niarchos

Detailed preparation = polished performance

A lot happens within a very short space of time when a car comes in for a pit stop. In under four seconds, a team of 16 or more highly trained and skilled people becomes a focussed, well-oiled machine to rival the one they’re actually working on.

Each individual is responsible for their own specific task and is dedicated to executing to absolute perfection. From operating front or rear jacks to making wing adjustments or “simply” holding the driver in place, everyone knows exactly what they have to do and how and when to do it.

This takes a vast amount of preparation and a huge amount of physical and mental training. It’s only by putting in enough practice hours that these teams can give a polished performance and keep their drivers in contention on the track.

In many ways, the same is true in business. The timescales and tasks may be very different, but the principle of doing thorough preparation is exactly the same. Companies that are rigorous and methodical in their approach – and that appreciate the importance of the work that goes on behind the scenes, and the people who do it – stand a much better chance of achieving long-term success.

Clear communication is key

Clear communication is a must between members of a pit crew and between these teams and their drivers. Before developments in technology made car-to-pit communication possible, pit stops were often chaotic and disorganised, especially if they were unscheduled.

Now, thanks to the fact that drivers and pit crews can convey detailed information to each other during races, these stops are much slicker and lightning fast.

Effective communication is equally important within businesses. It can prevent misunderstandings, promote engagement, help drive innovation and foster stronger working relationships between colleagues.

Everyone has to play their part

Another similarity between F1 and business is the fact that, in both arenas, everyone involved has their individual role to play.

In the case of pit crews, tasks are broken down into the minutest of detail. There’s someone directing the car into the precise position, someone holding the ‘brake/in gear’ sign, one person dedicated to removing and replacing the wheel nuts on one wheel and other specialists assigned jobs like altering wing angles. It doesn’t matter how seemingly small the individual task is, every single action is essential in getting that car back on the track.

A business works – or should work – in much the same way. Of course, there are the people who have more visible roles, but depending on the size and nature of your business, you must also have personnel managers, finance and sales specialists, front-of-house people, IT experts and more all coming together to make sure the company runs smoothly.

No matter how big or small their roles may seem, every team member contributes in their own way to the overall success of an organisation. I have learned that it is worth remembering that and acknowledging those who operate behind the scenes just as much as those whose work puts them in the limelight.

As founder and chairman, Chris Niarchos at the Cobra Group of Companies sets the strategic direction for all businesses within the group and ensures that the critical objectives of these businesses are met.

What can Microsoft’s AI chatbot experiment teach young entrepreneurs?

If you didn’t hear about Microsoft’s recent artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot misfortune as the story was unfolding, you won’t have to search hard on the web to find out about it.

As an experiment, the tech giant set a chatbot loose on Twitter. Named Tay, the AI programme was designed to interact with Twitter users and to get ‘smarter’ as more people communicated with it.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, web users fed the chatbot a series of controversial remarks, which it in turn incorporated into its own comments and responses. After just 16 hours, Microsoft was forced to shut the programme down and apologise for any offence it had caused.

You might be wondering what young entrepreneurs can learn from a poorly executed experiment in AI research. But in fact this high-profile and embarrassing blunder highlights a number of important issues that I think all aspiring businesspeople should be aware of.

A solid plan is essential

The engineers behind this AI experiment might have thought they’d done all the necessary planning and preparation to ensure the success of the project, but they were quickly proven wrong. The fact is, in the business world thorough preparation is always essential. Whether you’re gearing up to launch a new company, you’re about to release a product or you’re rolling out a marketing campaign, paying attention to every last detail will help you to avoid costly and potentially humiliating mistakes. This means factoring in enough time to do all the relevant preparations properly, ensuring that this process isn’t rushed and corners are not cut.

Expect the best, prepare for the worst

Decades of business experience around the world dealing with a variety of different companies and projects have taught me to expect the unexpected – and to be ready to react quickly and effectively if and when problems arise. The engineers at Microsoft seem to have been taken by surprise by the response of Twitter users to their chatbot, and it’s all too easy to be blindsided by unforeseen complications in business. The key is to be adaptable and resilient enough to recover from these difficulties.

If at first you don’t succeed…

Try again – and again! In a statement made after Tay was removed from the internet, Peter Lee, Microsoft’s vice president of research, said: “We will remain steadfast in our efforts to learn from this and other experiences as we work toward contributing to an internet that represents the best, not the worst, of humanity.”

This comment perfectly encapsulates the never-give-up approach that entrepreneurs need if they are to fulfil their ambitions. Even the best businesspeople experience problems. One of the things that set these individuals apart is the fact that they have the courage and conviction required to keep going and to reach their goals, regardless of what happens along the way.

 

As Cobra Group of Companies founder and chairman, Chris Niarchos knows exactly what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur. He started his first business in Sydney in 1988 and has since gone on to build one of the largest and most high-profile direct sales and marketing companies in the world.

 

Why leadership doesn’t have to be lonely

Being a business leader can give you a great sense of professional achievement and satisfaction, but it does also have the potential to be lonely at the “top”. You have ultimate responsibility for the success of your company and this puts you in a unique position within your company seroquel medication.

However, my own experience as an entrepreneur and in leadership roles tells me that heading up a business doesn’t necessarily have to be isolating. Drawing on observations I’ve made throughout my career, here are some suggestions that could help you to stay connected to the people around you.

Encourage a cohesive team

People sometimes mistakenly think that being in a leadership position means you must have all the answers. In fact, the most successful entrepreneurs understand the importance of tapping into the talents and experience of others.

Great leaders build strong teams around them and encourage people to connect and collaborate with each other. In turn, this builds a strong sense of team spirit that reaches right to the top of organisations.

If you cultivate a business culture in which your colleagues are part of the decision making process and feel connected to your company’s underlying goals and objectives, you’re much less likely to have the sense that you’re on your own.

Reach out to others for support

It’s also important to realise that it’s okay to ask others for help and support. Being a leader doesn’t mean you have to be infallible. Even the best entrepreneurs experience difficulties from time to time – and being able to turn to people can help them cope.

Connecting with mentors or fellow entrepreneurs can be especially useful if you’re just starting out in your business career and I’ve found that these relationships can last throughout your career.

This idea is at the heart of Appco’s business model. Our business is built on the philosophy that, regardless of whether you’re an Appco employee or a self-employed contractor within our face-to-face marketing and fundraising network, you are in charge of your career, but also have the mentoring support and expertise of the Appco network to help achieve your goals.

Make yourself approachable

The way you interact with your colleagues will also have a big impact on your connections to people in your business. If you come across as aloof or intimidating, the people around you are more likely to keep their distance.

I have made an effort throughout my career to make myself available to people at all levels in our organisation, and at all stages of their journey in the wider network. I hope it has been as beneficial to those around me as I have found it myself.

Ultimately, I believe that  a very big part of successful leadership comes down to being approachable and welcoming input from others, which also allows you to continue to work more closely with – and learn from – your colleagues.

 

As the Cobra Group of Companies’ chairman and founder, Chris Niarchos has many decades of experience as a business leader and knows how to overcome a range of challenges associated with running a company. He has steered the Cobra Group to international success and continues to strive for excellence both for the company and himself.

3 important lessons I’ve learned in business

To be successful in business, you have to be able to adapt and to pick up knowledge and skills as you go. You learn from mentors, colleagues and competitors, and you take lessons from both your achievements and your mistakes.

Absorbing all of this information helps you to grow not only as an entrepreneur, but also as a person. Following are three important lessons I’ve learned during my career.

1. It’s impossible to control everything

No matter how much of a perfectionist you are and how tight a grip you want to keep on your company, the simple fact is you can’t control everything.

Trying to micromanage every aspect of your business can reduce your ability to focus on strategic planning – not to mention spiking your stress levels unnecessarily. As a leader, you have to be able to take a step back and delegate tasks to the appropriate people.

There will also be a range of variables outside of your business that you have little or no control over, including the prevailing market conditions. It means you have to be flexible in your approach and ready to tailor your strategy to suit changing circumstances.

2. Patience is an important virtue

It’s true that a small number of businesspeople seem to propel themselves to instant fame and fortune, but the vast majority of entrepreneurs have to work hard over a sustained period of time to achieve their goals.

This means that patience is vital asset among business leaders. You need to have foresight and dedication to stick to your path and realise your ambitions. Anyone who has made it to the top thanks to hard work and perseverance – and that’s most people – will tell you that this makes the eventual rewards all the more satisfying.

3. Keeping your focus is crucial

After reaching a particular target or milestone, there is a risk that entrepreneurs – who are always juggling multiple priorities – will turn their attention elsewhere and lose their momentum. If you want to achieve sustained success and company growth, you’ll need to be able to maintain your focus on all areas of your business.

One of the things that has helped me to remain motivated throughout my career is my desire to ‘Be Something More’. This phrase was printed on a poster that I put up on my bedroom wall as a youngster living at home and it has helped me to shape my approach to work and to life more generally.

‘Be Something More’ reminds me to continuously strive to achieve the most for my businesses, myself and, just as importantly, for the people around me. This guiding principle is so important to me that I decided to make it the catchphrase for the entire Appco Group.

 

As chairman and founder of the Cobra Group, Chris Niarchos has achieved global success as an entrepreneur. His journey began at the age of just 22 when he started his first direct sales company in Sydney. He had a vision of growing the business into an international organisation and, through hard work and skill, he has succeeded in his ambition.

Why a positive approach is a must for aspiring entrepreneurs

Not everyone aspires to be an entrepreneur or run their own company, but for those who do choose it, it can be a highly rewarding career path. In my case, it has enabled me to fulfil my professional ambitions, work with some amazing people and see the world.

But, as any entrepreneur will tell you, it’s not all plain sailing and a positive approach is one of the most important qualities that businesspeople, especially aspiring entrepreneurs, can possess. I’ve found that a good attitude can help in a number of different ways…

Keeping a clear head

Letting negativity creep into your thought process makes you more likely to panic in challenging situations.

Most of us know from our personal lives that negative emotions such as fear and anger can reduce our ability to think logically and find rational and/or creative solutions. The same is true in business; if your thought process is dominated by emotions, you’re more likely to act irrationally.

In contrast, if you can stay confident and be optimistic about the future, it’s much easier to keep a clear head and work through any issues successfully.

Being a more effective leader

Keeping a positive attitude helps you to be a more effective leader. Your colleagues will feed off your confidence and enthusiasm and, in turn, this will make them feel better about your business and their roles within it.

Most people want a leader who can see the bigger picture and stay positive even if times are tough seroquel 300 mg. If you can do this, you’ll find it easier to attract and retain the top talent within your organisation, which is a major factor in the long-term success of your business.

Boosting your energy and productivity levels

There’s no getting around the fact that running a company takes plenty of hard work and dedication. Another benefit of maintaining your positivity is that it can make it easier for you keep your energy and productivity levels up. Having a positive vision for your company’s future makes those long days seem worthwhile and it helps you to stay focussed.

Keeping your stress levels in check

You can’t expect an entirely smooth ride when you’re in charge of a company, but an optimistic outlook can keep your stress levels in check.

If you have confidence in your abilities as a leader and you believe in your business model, you will find it easier to cope with potential problems. On the other hand, people with a more negative outlook can find that their stress and anxiety levels soar when they encounter difficulties.

 

Appco’s Chris Niarchos started his first direct sales company in Sydney, Australia at the age of just 22. From the outset, he had the vision of turning it into one of the world’s most successful sales and marketing businesses – and with operations in almost 30 countries across the globe, he has realised this ambition. You can find out more about Appco Group and the Cobra Group of Companies by visiting their websites.