Addressed by BMW
Many company founders dream of landing the next big thing: they are looking for investors, they want to grow as fast as they can and hope they will Company someday sell high. And not a few fail.
The myGEKKO approach was all the more appealing and promising. This is the brand of Ekon GmbH, a small company from the South Tyrolean Pustertal, a regulator for domestic technology, which was so successful on the market that even BMW came to the company.
The idea: customer-friendly home technology
The company has been around for 23 years. The idea behind the product: The customer should be able to operate and service house automation again.
Entrepreneur Hartwig Weidacher finds that technical connections have been artificially mystified and complicated - and that customers are therefore often afraid of technology - and exactly he wants to take them.
Success Secret: The smaller the more efficient
Because intentionally Weidacher wants to keep his company, which consists of 10 people so far, small, grow maximally to 15 man, because he finds that small teams work more efficient and motivated.
From 15 man it becomes unclear. Of course, he says, he was often looted as a micro business in the industry. This is all the more the result of BMW's success in the company, in order to co-operate with it in the area of eMobility.
With 10 Mann the world market leader?
I also found it interesting to think that such structures of micro-enterprises are typical of the region of South Tyrol - perhaps also due to the geographical location. Weidacher, who recently visited Silicon Valley, thinks it's the quality of life that makes these regions the most efficient corporate structures that make the region innovative: "If you keep going out to get inspiration, you can do great projects here. "
In fact, South Tyrol has produced some of the world's leading companies: Dr. Schär, for example, is the world leader in gluten-free nutrition. The Bressanone Thunst Phototechnology is a leader in the field of innovative system solutions for the reproduction of images and Health Robotics builds medical robots.
4 personality traits of successful self employed
But how does one actually manage to become the world market leader with 10 Mann? The success not by chance: Some time ago, the personality trainer and coach Roland Kopp-Wichmann has recorded on his weblog various personality traits that need successful start-ups.
These include flexibility, optimism, self-confidence, creativity, the courage to specialize, customer focus, perseverance and defeat resistance, and a certain inclination to workaholism. I summarized these points a bit.
1. Positioning by focusing
Many of the points I have mentioned in my guide Self-organization and time management also executed and provided with concrete instructions - eg creativity techniques to get creative.
And the constant struggle between flexibility (I can do so much else and need the money) and the required specialization, if you want to survive on the market in the long term, you can only decide in my opinion, if you set clear goals.
2. Clear goals help with time management
Anyone who clearly understands what his goal is is also setting up his schedule accordingly and not even tempted to be too flexible (there are also a few exercises in my book).
And turning defeats into successes is easy - just write down what you did wrong and what you can do better next time. And then you simply throw away the list of mistakes and make up your mind to make it better next time.
3. Workaholism on the way to burnout
I would like to add something, also because I am currently busy writing a book: Workaholism is in my opinion not very helpful and can lead to long-term burnout.
Of course, there is a risk that self-employed work too much - eg because they do not take the job as such, because they enjoy working because nobody controls them - but also out of pressure. And then it gets dangerous, because the boundaries between fun and coercion are fluent in my experience.
4. Acting in flow: Eustress and Distress
And the reason is very simple for me: as soon as you get tired, you lose the pleasure of working. Or the other way around: As soon as I'm tired of it, that's the first sign of tiredness. Long before you can not really do it anymore.
And there it is my opinion dangerous, because then the euphoric stress quickly distress. And you have to recognize and perceive these limits - eg by simply stopping to work. So often take a break instead of workaholistic durchzuackern - then it's fun again.
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