One way to think about growth towers over all others.
Prologue: Most experts don't put nearly enough thought into building their book of business and relationships, so you're already ahead of the game by being a part of this amazing community!
How you think about implementation will determine your results.
Level 1: Sporadic.
The key word here is random. Random acts of lunch. Random outreach emails. Random effort.
Crazy: this is probably better than 60% of professionals because they're doing nothing or close to it. There are still so many people that think business development can't be learned or impacted. Wrong!
The problems with this approach? Many! People using this method are at the whims of others: little control of their work flow, type of work or the clients they work with. It also feels awful because the person doesn't feel in control.
Random acts of anything create nothing.
Level 2: Sprint.
Here the professional has sustained efforts, but they don't last long. A push until they get busy again. A "push to the end of the year." A sprint has an end date, whether realized or not.
My guess: The Sprint mindset puts someone in the top 75% because they start gaining some control over their future.
The problems? This method is still super inefficient, creating what we call the Roller Coaster Effect. Almost as soon as momentum starts, it leads to being busy, which leads to putting BD to the side.
Stop-go-stop-go is the sure way to move slow.
Level 3: Systems.
Here, we think in slow, concentrated efforts. Little bits consistently done at a specific cadence. Sustainable!
There are no problems with this approach.
The problems people might think about this approach are myths in their mind.
This can't be enough. This won't produce results quickly. It can't be this simple!
It is this simple.
Systems thinking will put you in the top 95%.
It won't happen right away, and that's the point! Most people won't keep up a sustained effort over time.
Keeping the cadence is where the magic is.
Marketplace momentum. Faster learning. People wanting to be around you.
Let's think about other impressive traits.
Staying in shape is impressive because it takes sustained effort.
Eating healthy is impressive because it takes sustained effort.
And everything in BD is impressive because it takes sustained effort.
Show me a rainmaker that "suddenly" closes a huge contract and I'll show you someone that worked at it consistently.
Examples bring ideas to life.
Here are three...
Asking for referrals
Having a clear BD strategy and implementation
Let me close with this.
Your business development results are going to determine the arc of your career.
Great results, great career.
And your results will follow implementation approach.
Great implementation, great results.
A Sporadic approach will work out OK, but won't be great. At least you'll be better than those suckers doing nothing.
A Sprint approach is better. Bursts here and there followed by nothing. At least the Roller Coaster Effect is fun half the time when you're rolling downhill.
The Systems approach will give you unstoppable momentum.
Small, consistent efforts at specific cadences.
So let's pop over to you...
What do you want to focus on next?
What small weekly effort could you fit into your schedule?
It's a good sign if it seems too small. That means it's doable.
Pick what you can do every week that takes you in the direction you want to go.
Then keep the cadence.
Systems thinking creates staggering results.
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