According to academic research, there is no single psychological typology or set of characteristics that guarantee an entrepreneur’s success - however, as Allon has worked with entrepreneurs and business leaders across the globe, he has witnessed how the following six characteristics have assisted in their achieving business success.
6/6 - Optimism: More Than Just Positivity
Why does Allon place such emphasis on optimism when he looks for entrepreneurs to back? What does optimism enable? How do we maximise its value? This discussion both debunks common misconceptions and reveals amazing opportunities – if we choose to embrace this important characteristic.
5/6 - Curiosity: Does It Really Matter?
How curious are you? Are you curious about the future of your industry? About how you’re going to stay ahead of the game? About how you can take advantage of opportunities or mitigate risks? Allon talks about curiosity as an essential characteristic for successful entrepreneurs, and why he won’t invest in an entrepreneur who isn’t always reading more and asking more questions.
4/6 - Iteration: Are You Better Than Yesterday?
Do you believe you have a superior product or service but other companies keep on winning the business you're competing for? Are you being left behind or threatened by evolutions in technology? Why are you losing market share? This podcast will help you rediscover your competitive edge by asking hard questions about the value you offer.
3/6 - What Is Your Relationship With Control?
Do you really understand control? To what extent does our relationship with control stifle business growth? How do we effectively maintain quality of output if we relinquish control? And what are the extreme versions or expressions of control we need to avoid? The relationship with control is so important that Allon and his team measure it – along with 26 other characteristics – as part of their entrepreneur selection criteria.
2/6 - What's The Difference: Flexibility vs Flex-Ability?
Why does Allon talk about a rocket ship when he is asked about flexibility? And how did what this rocket ship symbolise contribute to Allon and his executive team turning down a R200 million deal? This conversation takes us way beyond the usual humdrum we've all heard 100 times before to the depths and opportunities found within flex-ability.
You won't see yourself or your business in the same way after this podcast - go grab your pen and notebook, and press that play button.
1/6 - You Won't Succeed Without This: Perseverance
What is perseverance really? Is it just a cliched expression, or can it be explained in definitive terms that allow for us to get our hands around and into it, tear it apart, and then rebuild it in a way that works for us individually? Allon knows it is the latter. Listen to this podcast discussion to find out how to move your personal journey with perseverance (and everything it influences) to a conscious level.