How To Go From Good To Great
The two words good and great you might feel are similar in their positive nature, in fact you should see them as complete rivals. To be good is mediocre, this is the reason why many companies never become great as they abide by the lower standard of being good. To be great is a difficult task and hardly ever happens. Here we give you some pointers to get you started on your journey of going from good to great.
Being a Five Level Leader
To be a 5 Level Leader you must possess all the abilities represented in each level of the pyramid. One of the first steps to becoming a 5 Level Leader is to channel your ego away from yourself and towards the wider goals of the company. Therefore personal humility and will power are an important combination of personality in becoming a 5 Level Leader.
To build your company to greatness you need to extend focus towards your people. The right people do not have to be consistently managed by others, by building a culture of leaders your people can also work to achieve being a 5 Level Leader, to push your company even further. This also assists in building depth in your company, which is the true secret to long term success. To get to great you need people who can move passed politics and loyalties and unite together behind the team.
You may think that as it is difficult to build greatness, it is necessary to be ruthless to achieve results. This is incorrect as it will damage the culture of your business, and thus affect its work-ability. Try rather to build a rigorous culture of motivation and determination to achieve success as a team. You will find that if a culture like this is obtained consistently in your company the employees will enjoy work rather than if they did not fit in with the immediate atmosphere and culture. By doing this your employees will build loyalty towards your company and be more passionate about their job as they enjoy the workplace environment.
The Hedgehog Concept
This concept defines your business as either a hedgehog or a fox. a hedgehog has a single organizing concept that unifies and guides all thinking. Foxes are cunning complex strategists who use small insight plans to make sneaky attacks on hedgehogs.
3 Questions To Uncover Your Hedgehog Concept
What can you be the best at?
Work out your company’s competencies and discover which of them can exceed over all competition. The answers may surprise you.
What drives your economic nature?
You need to understand the most effective and efficient ways that your company generates sustained cash flow and profitability. Know what measure has the single greatest affect on your net profit.
What are you and your people passionate about?
To drive your company’s results harder and faster, focus on activities that ignite your teams passions. The idea is to reveal what makes you and your company unite and work together passionately.
once you have answered all three questions, you can identify your hedgehog concept in the area where the three intersect. The concept where you can be the best, which ignites your passion and which makes economic sense.
Following the ideas of the Level 5 Leader and the Hedgehog Concept you will be on the upward path from good to great immediately. The secret is that excellence will not happen overnight, and your hard work may develop slowly so do not get discouraged in down times. To work consistently and steadily forward is the only way to take your company to great success.
10 Top Self Sufficient Homes For Living Off The Grid
Customised buildings are obviously a passion for us here at Central Custom, and we love the design of these different houses that support a self sufficient lifestyle. Check them out below!
Black Barn in England
This house is designed specially by Studio Bark to have minimal environmental impact. The building is fully solar powered and fueled by bio-diesel. The tapered form of design helps to minamise heat loss during the colder weather, whilst the gable’s glazing is slightly set back to help the building self-shade and keep cool in summer.
The Off-Grid Guest House in USA
This house designed by Anacapa Architecture is located in an isolated Californian nature reserve to function completely off the grid. Power is taken from a photovoltaic system, with backup from a propane generator available. It has a private well and water treatment system for the house’s use also. The house offers views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding hills which is enhanced by the complete glass front of the building. The building has a green flat roof with native flora to help it blend into the natural terrain.
Lochside House in Scotland
This quaint little cottage sits on the edge of a lake in the Scottish Highlands. It is built from natural materials that complement its location. The house is designed by Haysom Ward Millar Architects and was chosen to win the 2018 RIBA House Of The Year Prize. The house produces its own electricity from solar panels, and gets clean water from its own borehole.
Self Sufficient Chinese Courtyard
John Lin adapted the traditional style of the rural Chinese courtyard building, creating a house that is completely self sufficient. Within the walls of the house are a number of courtyards that accommodate a pig pen, biogas boiler that generates energy from animal waste. Also during the rainy season the roof is used to collect water that filters down into a large container that is stored throughout the year.
Conservatory House in Pretoria
This barn styled house was designed by architect Nadine Englebrecht that features a central conservatory in the countryside outside Pretoria, South Africa. The expanse of glass panels are able to collect solar heat that is circulated into adjoining spaces. The structure was designed with passive building principles that ensure the house is comfortable in any season. Two damns on the property provide the house with water and solar panels on the roof collect electricity.
Self Sufficient Renovated Stable in Spain
This house was created by Abaton to be completely self sufficient as it is too far remote to be connected with electricity or water. The crumbling stable was renovated to a family home that generates solar heat, while nearby streams offer hydro electricity and clean water.
Maui House in USA
This self sufficient house actually produces more energy than it consumes. The building has a combination of design and technology features that save and produce energy, and collect and store rainwater.
Caso Campo in Spain
The Amsterdam-based architects named Standard Studio renovated a stable into an off the grid showroom and home for the owners of a shop in Ibiza. The electricity and underfloor heating is powered by solar panels located on the roof, whilst a private well supplies the house with water.
Camp Baird in USA
This house is located in a coastal valley and was designed to make you feel like you are camping, rather than living in a conventional home. Photovoltic panels on an exposed slope are used to generate power for the building, while a swimming pool is heated by solar thermal panels.
Building A Warehouse: A Case Study
Many of our clients who are considering building find it useful to see a previous project to understand the process.
Below, we look at the construction of a large warehouse in Daylesford, which was erected in 2016 and is currently leased out to commercial tenants.
Our client planned on building an 80 x 30 x 6.5 metre warehouse in Daylesford. He intended to lease the space to commercial clients to operate a business out of.
He also had previous experience building for the purpose of renting to local business, so had a strong understand of the demand for warehouse space.
DESIGNING THE BUILDING
In order to meet the requirement of commercial operations, our client worked closely with our engineers to ensure the building would hold up to robust commercial use. This including strengthening structural component and ensuring that the wall could bear a load if they were required to.
Give the size of this project, the total cost came between $340,000 and $360,000.
Approximately $270,000 of this cost when to the kit itself (the components of the steel structure). And additional $72,000 went towards the erection of the building.
THE FINISHED PROJECT
The project was erected without a problem, and is now fully functional with reliable tenants operating a business from the site.
See images of the project below, including aerial drone footage.
Before & after construction: