We all learn something from all of our collective experiences. Each new story adds to our own story. And, quite honestly, the stories of our clients become our stories, too.
My case in point is my friend, Dave Sykes.
Dave and I have been friends and taken turns being client-supplier to one another for most of the past 10 years. We met at a chamber of commerce meeting a number of years back and we’ve been friends—and business associates—ever since.
Take a Look at New Paradigm Advisors
Dave’s most recent business incarnation is New Paradigm Advisors. It is a business consulting firm specializing in helping clients (business owners) find freedom in running their business, determine the value of that business and then crafting a future for their business—and them.
What I find interesting in my business of supporting businesses like New Paradigm Advisors is how much the arc of my business fits with what they are providing. In the case of NPA, two things have happened:
1. My business grows and shapes itself to fit their needs as they grow and change.
2. I find that, if I stand in the right place, I could be their client as well.
Take the Value Builder’s Assessment
That last point became really evident to me as, in the interest of getting to know my client, I took his Value Builder’s Assessment. Here I thought I was doing my homework and, lo and behold, I was assessing my company and its direction. Sly, those NPA guys!
Seriously, the VB assessment allowed me to take a snapshot of my business and start a dialogue around my company’s past, present and future.
I was looking inward instead of outward.
In a Unique Position
I admit I am in a special and somewhat unique position in that I have a supplier-client relationship with these guys. However, that really should be how all of us interact with our clients –and suppliers—on a regular basis.
The bottom line is that if you are looking for a business consultancy to help you be free of “the chains” of your company, understand and set its value and then plot and plan an appropriate future, New Paradigm Advisors gets my vote–I’ve seen them in action. It should get yours, too.
Paul E. Maynard, The Relentless Networker