The word “catalyst” is not often used when discussing entrepreneurship, but to my way of thinking it really should be. Except for time spent in your chemistry classes unless you are a researcher, I would be surprised if you commonly use that word. Here is a short and direct definition:
Catalyst – One who precipitates a process or event, especially without being involved in or affected by the results.
As you probably know from this blog or other information that I have shared over the years, my first love was engineering and I focused upon solving complex engineering problems for more than a decade before being “bitten” by the “entrepreneur bug”.
My years in engineering had conditioned me to think in a particular manner when faced with a problem. Whether there is any parallel between solving engineering problems and business problems, I don’t actually know. But, I oftentimes found myself thinking about the new business problems I faced with the same thought patterns I had used as an engineer. I can’t justify doing it, I just did for whatever reason.
Now that fact is important to our topic because as I mentioned in Part 1 of this series, I heard the same questions over and over again by frustrated business owners and entrepreneurs. So, I felt that I should make an effort to find any common areas of thought that would resolve these repeating questions. And so I did.
And as a consequence of trying to resolve some repeating questions from clients, my personal business strategy was developed. For sure, the results that I gained were much better than what I set out to do. You could rightly say that I experienced a “serendipity” or a pleasant surprise for my efforts.
In short, I found myself with a strategy that enabled me to act as a “catalyst” for clients and business partners at a rate that was quite unthinkable at the time. As all of this happened many years before the advent of the Internet, emails, smartphones, social media, etc., it was nonetheless clear that there was a tremendous value to what I had developed.
Now, back to the topic at hand. If you find yourself frequently attempting to be or wanting to be a “matchmaker” of sorts between friends, business associates, etc. then you are operating within the realm of what I would describe as a “catalyst”. If that skill were to be applied to business as part of my strategy, it allows you to “cycle” through project after project rather rapidly for yourself and others with surprising results.
You see, when you are a catalyst, things happen but only with and only because of your involvement. This gives you incredible leverage in most business situations. It is a skill worth learning and using as a business owner or entrepreneur.
Another important benefit of this strategy is that it is highly “personalized” for each situation. That means that when you apply the strategy, it produces a result that is designed for the persons involved and that makes the results “personal” and very effective.
The elements and details of how to apply and use this strategy is part of our SDK Collaboration Group activities. It is difficult to apply or even to learn this strategy if it is not belong applied to actual “real life” situations, so we are only able to share it under proper situations.
This article was written by SDK Hunter Consulting Group
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Sherman Hunter and SDK Hunter Consulting Group staff consultants provide global moneymaking opportunities and proprietary strategies that quickly accelerate business activity. You may familiarize yourself with these unique concepts by visiting the SDK Hunter Consulting Group blog located at: http://sdkhunter.com
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