Lessons from 10 Years in Business

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Lessons from 10 Years in Business

Posted by: Phil Kelly
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In February, Pro-Noctis celebrated a significant milestone: our tenth birthday! A whole decade of helping our clients by shaping leaders, supporting performance, and creating functional workplace cultures.

We are proud to have been able to go from strength to strength over the past ten years. Our success is mostly owed to the people we work with, and their commitment to excellence and desire to improve. Of course, it hasn’t all been easy. There have been numerous challenges to navigate (global pandemic and national recessions, anyone?) but, as we reflect on our first decade of business, we can see that our journey has been defined not only by our accomplishments but also by the valuable lessons we have learned along the way. Here are just ten of our key learnings:

1. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to performance improvement: 

Tailoring solutions to the specific needs and nuances of each client is paramount, as is understanding the unique challenges and goals of an organisation or individual. Whilst each of the ideas and methodologies you use to help someone reach their goals may not be revolutionary, how a programme or concept is applied to a specific person or situation is what allows for targeted, effective results.

2. Communication is key:

We will forever emphasise the importance of transparent and open communication within teams, organisations, business structures and with clients. Establishing clear expectations, actively listening to concerns, and fostering a collaborative environment are essential for successful, productive relationships.

3. Encourage a culture of continuous learning:

We know firsthand the vitality of ongoing learning. The field of Performance Consulting is constantly evolving with the introduction of new methodologies and research. We have adopted a culture of continuous learning to keep ourselves updated with the latest trends, theories, and technologies. We encourage everyone we work with to do the same.

4. Adopt a Human-Centric focus:

Recognising the human element within performance is at the heart of everything we do. Whether working with individuals or entire organisations, understanding the motivations, aspirations, and challenges of people is fundamental to fostering positive change. Human-centric approaches lead to more meaningful and sustainable results.

When we partnered with South Tees NHS Trust to develop their leadership and performance culture through bespoke training programmes, we focused on making individuals feel valued. Boosting individual and team performance and enhancing a growth mindset across departments was essential for supporting the NHS’ development of compassionate and conscious leaders.

Recognising the human element within performance is at the heart of everything we do.

5. Align yourself with organisational goals:

Successful performance consulting goes hand in hand with aligning interventions with overarching organisational goals. By fully understanding the strategic objectives of a business, we can help them to create solutions that will directly contribute to the success of the organisation.

Be aware of the goals shifting as well; the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and show agility in adjusting strategies, methodologies, and interventions supports success in an ever-changing business landscape.

6. Resilience is essential for effective leadership:

One of the consistent themes in our leadership development programmes is building resilience. Resilience is the ability to adapt, bounce back, and lead effectively even in the face of uncertainty and change. It involves maintaining composure, making sound decisions, and inspiring confidence in a team during challenging situations. Embracing resilience is not just a choice for leaders; it is key to building a strong and enduring foundation for success.

In 2022, we were commissioned to deliver a bespoke leadership programme by UK Sport to prepare team leaders and their management for the pressures of leading their respective home nations in the Commonwealth Games. Our training focused on the value of becoming more resilient, and how that resilience can be supported by planning. Having a solid action plan in place can make it much easier to overcome obstacles and challenges when they arise.

7. Measure and celebrate success:

Celebrating successes, both big and small, is vital for morale and motivation. Establishing clear benchmarks and recognising achievements not only validates the efforts of individuals and teams but also reinforces a positive and success-oriented culture. Celebrating wins is more than just acknowledging progress. It’s a way to inspire confidence, promote risk-taking, and create momentum to propel individuals and teams forward. It’s a testament to the dedication and hard work contributing to the greater journey. Remember – every step, regardless of size, is a significant stride toward ultimate success.

8. Culture is king:

A positive company culture not only strengthens the internal dynamics of an organisation but also plays a pivotal role in shaping its external reputation and long-term success. Several businesses that we have worked with presented issues that stemmed from weak cultures and out-of-date people strategies. They may be having trouble retaining staff or recruiting talent, or there may be dissatisfaction amongst employees and complaints about ineffective or overbearing leadership. One of the best things about building a positive culture is that it can be done with any budget, at any size company and within any industry. It won’t happen overnight – a strong company culture takes consistent time and effort but, if employers take the time to genuinely invest in the happiness and well-being of their workforce, a positive culture will grow and thrive.

9. Always invest in your people:

Your people are always your greatest business asset. Prioritising employee development and growth means organisations set themselves up for long-term success and sustainability. It can support a positive work environment, encourage employee engagement, promote collaboration, and align employees with your organisational goals and values. All of this leads to improved productivity, innovation, and all-important customer satisfaction.

10. Grow your mindset:

Mindset is everything. Having the right mindset is crucial for success, whether it’s in your career, business, fitness routine or parenting. It helps in developing essential qualities like risk-taking, change management, and persistence, which are necessary in the ever-changing business world. Moreover, it fosters collaboration and knowledge-sharing, both of which are vital for personal and organisational success.

Our success is mostly owed to the people we work with, and their commitment to excellence and desire to improve.

As we reflect on the past ten years, we are filled with gratitude for all the opportunities we have had to make a positive impact; helping our clients achieve their goals, enhance performance, and cultivate a culture of continuous improvement.

A heartfelt thank you to our clients, partners, and the entire Pro-Noctis family for being a part of this incredible journey so far. Your trust and support have been the driving force behind our success. We can’t wait to continue empowering individuals and organisations for another decade and beyond!

At Pro-Noctis, we specialise in helping people get the best out of themselves and their teams. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you improve performance – personally, or professionally – get in touch for a free consultation. 

Celebrating with our sponsored cycling team and, of course, Lola the dog.
Author: Phil Kelly
An award-winning business owner and TED presenter, Phil lives and breaths performance. Having designed and delivered successful training packages across various industries worldwide, he now spends most of his time within business development and consulting. Phil Kelly