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Sometimes You Have To Look Back To Go Forward

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If there’s one thing you can say about the modern world is that it never stops moving, even for a moment. A lot of this is down to one thing: innovation. The world we live in is one dominated by technology and digital technology in particular, and that means that being able to adopt those kinds of things is essential, especially for a business. However, is it always a good idea to keep your eyes fixed on the coming horizon? The reality is that moving forward is always important for any business, but that then raises the question: what can you gain from also looking back? With that in mind, here are just a few ways that looking back can actually help your business move forward.

Marketing

When it comes to marketing, the vast majority of people will tell you that traditional marketing is dead and digital marketing is king. Now, there’s no denying that digital marketing has become a more and more important to the business landscape and ignoring it would be totally irresponsible. However, that doesn’t mean that you should just wash your hands of more traditional advertising methods entirely. The truth is that there are still plenty of people who respond better to things like print-based marketing than digital. The key is to make sure that your marketing materials are always as high quality as possible. Companies like RCS Digital Printing can help you there by offering some incredibly well-produced materials. A lot of the time your marketing style will come down to your demographics but don’t ignore an entire style of marketing just because we live in a digital world.

Your office

People are constantly trying to find new ways to push the idea of the office forward. They’re trying to make more productive and dynamic workspaces. You hear stories about offices that are completely open and filled with vending machines, bean bags, and ping-pong tables. It’s tempting to feel like you need something like that to succeed but the truth is that most evidence points in the opposite direction. Many of the office setups of the past where people could communicate but also weren’t constantly around each other have been shown to be much more productive and positive work environments.

Innovation

This one might sound kind of odd. After all, if you want to innovate, shouldn’t you always be looking forward? And yes, that is true. But what’s also true is that a lot of innovation is not just a matter of plucking something new out of thing are, but rather being able to look at how things have been done in the past and learning how to improve and adapt those ideas for the future.

As with just about anything when it comes to running a business, the key is to make sure that you’re keeping a certain degree of balance. If you lean too far in any one direction you risk missing out on some incredibly valuable aspects of your business that could help to make it truly successful.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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