Sometimes all you need is a chat.

Over the past 14 years I've started, grown and been in charge of some large and complex companies in both Australia and overseas. I've developed opportunities all over the world, built and sold very good businesses. But if I look back and I'm honest with myself, 90% of the time I was lonely - even as a CEO. I desperately wanted a business / corporate mentor, but couldn't find one and life coaching wasn't my 'thing'. No one had the time to mentor me - they were always too busy - and when they did allocate time for 'me', I often spent 40 minutes listening to their life story. 

I have no doubt if I had a solid and committed mentor 14 years ago, at the age of 32, I would have made very different decisions and achieved so much more in business. So instead of complaining I set-up SMEA, grew it and sold our successful business insurance arm in 2016 and headed overseas. I'm back with SMEA and with a renewed passion for SMEs.

The need to mentor business owners and leaders is greater now than at any other time. We are experiencing major changes to how we do business - more so than in the last 70 years. We either adapt and overcome or we fail. Don't make the mistake I made. Don't do it alone. And don't kid yourself, family and friends are not the solution and I'm sorry, you don't have all the answers (haha).

Lastly, I get a hard time from friends because I watch shows like The Voice. Sure I love music, but I don't watch for just that reason. I watch because I love seeing people dream, work hard, showcase their talent, fail and get back up and then succeed. That's why I'm committed to mentoring business owners, general managers, leaders and anyone who needs support in the business world. Yes I set boundaries and it's structured - it has to be. But once I'm committed to you, frankly, you can call me at 2am for all I care - I'm in and I'm on this journey with you. It's extremely cheap to have a dedicated business mentor, but the benefits of doing so are immeasurable. So the only question remaining is - what's stopping you!? (let me make it easy - dean.logan@smea.com.au). :-)

Why should SMEs embrace 'Theory of Constraints'

The Theory of Constraints (TOC) is a methodology for identifying the most important limiting factor (i.e. constraint) that stands in the way of achieving a goal. Companies like ours (SMEA) then work to systematically improve that constraint until it is no longer the limiting factor.

I appreciate TOC takes a scientific approach to improvement, but so it should. The problem with a lot of SMEs is that they use their 'gut feel'. But let's be honest, your 'gut' doesn't always analyse effectively nor deliver the most appropriate solution.  TOC hypothesizes that every complex system within a business, consists of multiple linked activities. One of some of these links, may act as a constraint upon the entire system.

TOC is applicable to any size business within almost any field. We have tools to define and address constraints and the beauty of our model is that we don't hang around. Once the constraint is identified and fixed, we leave you alone. The risk of not addressing the constraint(s) is multi-faceted in that you may be working harder than you need to or simply not hitting your targets. Ask us how we can help.