This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Jamie Meyer. Jamie is the founder of Nine Carat Business Consulting, a firm that has been named one of the Top Australian consulting firms and Jamie has been named one of the Top Australian business strategists. She has a unique focus on clarity and focus into where businesses breakdown and how to prevent or overcome these issues.
As Jamie says, her mission is to reinvigorate businesses, their foundation, future, and approach to progress. Nine Carat strives to mine the gold of everyone and everything giving the ability to close the gap between where a business is and where it wants to be.
I’m excited for her to share how she does it.
When Jamie was younger, she was the kid that wanted to change the world. As she got older, she got more serious about life. She started working full time at a very early age doing everything from hauling frozen fish to working night shift in the container business. Business came naturally to her. She ultimately ended up running a business in Brisbane, AU that was integrating companies and she was really frustrated because of all the lost potential she could see through the process and the fact that her hands were tied by leadership in doing anything about it.
So, she went out and created 9 Carat out of her frustration and to gain control. The company has evolved greatly, and she now works with major companies helping them step into new areas in their business.
Why did you choose the name 9-Carat for your business?
- She moved into a house next to a little old couple.
- The husband was a graphic designer and helped her design the look and logo of 9-Carat.
- There were 9 areas she wanted to focus on in companies.
- People would tell her that she would sparkle, and clients would tell her she was a diamond.
- And diamonds are forged under intense pressure – which is sort of the story of her life.
Take us through your process of how you do what you do and get the results you get for your clients…
- Companies are unique as human beings and have individuality.
- There are no one-size fits all path to success for companies.
- Clarity and expectation are key.
- You must have clarity of where you are at and where you want to go and why. And the set the expectations needed to get there.
How does a business or business owner get “clarity?”
- Where you have synergy, you have clarity.
- If things feel hard, you don’t have synergy or clarity.
- The way you get clarity is specific to each business, but every business must be clear on their purpose and vision – and those are the basis for getting clarity.
What is the difference between purpose and vision?
- Purpose is your motivation. It is the ground on which you are taking steps to doing an anything. It aligns with your vision.
- Vision is where your imagination comes in and you can see what that physically manifests into in a market. Your vision is driven by your motivation.
- You must be clear on both and must be synergistic with each other and coincide.
- Purpose is the foundation and vision is the framework.
Where should a business owner start when it comes to purpose and vision?
- Purpose – your vision will come together as you figure out your purpose and motivation.
Talk about expectations and how they relate to clarity. How does expectation play a role in achieving the vision?
- There are 2 sides to expectation.
- The first is the expectation that currently exists in business models – most of the time, they are actually limiting and don’t give much room for leeway.
- The goal is to re-write the expectations to facilitate substance from people.
- If you have clarity, everyone will be working toward the vision – how can you expand their expectation or give them the room to contribute their genius in a bigger way and expand it themselves?
- Let their “unsolicited genius” standout!
Where do see companies have the most problems or breakdown the most?
- It really is around clarity and expectation.
- Jamie dives in on this at the 17 min mark and it is best to just listen.
- A focus just on rules/bureaucracy creates a company full of robots and processing what it is front of them.
- Companies put in more and more rules when the lack clarity and expectation.
What is success setting and understanding alchemy and bionomics to achieve it?
- Bionomics is relations in interactions between organisms and their environment. It takes into account every action a business has and how it interacts with its market.
- Most companies do a lot of things right but understanding why they work so well in one area and then applying that to another area that isn’t doing so well is the key.
- Alchemy is the work that Jamie and the client does together to make things shine. It’s turning where they are into a new version of success or converting something a much better version of what it is thought to be.
At the 27 min mark, we talk about the book, The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo and how that has impacted us.
What is the most important thing you do for your business every day as an entrepreneur?
- Be grateful every day for it.
- Every day, show it a little bit of love.
What are some of the best lessons you’ve learned as an entrepreneur that have helped you the most?
- The only person standing in your way is yourself.
- We don’t realize the conditioned idea of limitation that we have in our lives.
- Always do something that you’ve never done – be bold.
Best advice for an entrepreneur starting out?
- Put blinders on to the rest of the world.
- Put blinders on to the market and competition.
- Create a business that you are motivated by.
- Create a vision that speaks to you.
What have you learned about working internationally?
- You must have patience.
- Do not get bogged down trying to understand everything – you won’t.
- You will learn as you go. And what you think you need to know many times is irrelevant.
Best Quote: Where you have synergy, you have clarity. If things feel hard, you don’t have synergy or clarity.
Jamie's Misfit 3:
- Always remember the point right when you are about to give up is where the magic happens – don’t give up.
- Always be your own hero.
- Always be the novice, but don’t assume everyone already knows what you know.
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