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6 Things it Takes to Really Stand Out and Succeed in Business Today
6 Things it Takes to Really Stand Out and Succeed in Business Today

One CEO shares how what he’s learned from the tennis court to the boardroom in order to succeed in business

While top executives may work in every industry, they are not all the same and they don’t all achieve the same level of success. What it takes to make it big in today’s business world differs in some ways from generations prior. Today, we live in a fast-paced, technology-driven world, where many of the rules have changed. Keeping up with them is one way to increase chances of being successful, but it’s not the only way, as those who have achieved a high level of business success today can attest to.

“In today’s business world everyone has the ability to be an influencer, because of the high-tech world we live in,” explains Neel Grover, the founder and chief executive officer of Indi. “It’s important for those in business to see the trends and be open to trying out new ways to market.  When you can tap into that and bring with it your business savvy skills, you will be bound for success.”

The business savvy skills that have helped Grover are ones that he has learned both on the tennis court and inside the boardroom. Currently ranked #1 in the U.S. in Men’s Doubles in his age group, he has had a lot of success on the tennis court and off. In the boardroom, he’s currently the founder and CEO of Indi. The site allows anyone to create shoppable video that can be posted into social media leading to retailers’ websites for direct purchases which then provide a commission to the content creator. Indi allows anyone to become an influencer, creating and posting videos about products. People love to watch videos about the products they are considering purchasing, so the concept offers huge potential for businesses. A serial entrepreneur, Grover was previously the chief executive officer for Rakuten.com, Buy.com, and Bluefly.com, where those companies sold over $5 billion worth of products while competing against Amazon.

6 things he has learned that it takes to succeed in today’s business world include:

  1. Effective management skills. Managing and effective managing are two totally different things, and most people don’t know the difference. An effective manager has a wide skill set that includes such things as the ability to delegate, team build, manage time, and set the example of what is wanted out of employees. Effective managers know how to bring out the best in their team, put the right people in the right positions, and can make difficult decisions when it comes time to.
  2. The right attitude. Many top companies are beginning to realize that attitude is more beneficial to a company than skills and experience are in many cases. While you can teach skills, you can’t teach someone to have a great attitude. Those who do business with a great attitude will have a better chance at achieving success than those who don’t. The right attitude will help attract success and the people and opportunities to help make it happen.
  3. Millennial understanding. According to the Pew Research Center, millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. This is important, because those who want to succeed as a top executive will need to have an understanding of this workforce group. They tend to be a bit different from other generations when it comes to what they want out of work. Gallup reports that the attitudes and preferences of millennials may profoundly reshape workplaces in society. They not only report that they want jobs that engage them, but they want to feel connected to them, and they are a group that is comfortable pushing for change.
  4. People skills. A lot of business success comes from outside the office. It takes place on tennis courts, golf courses, and at dinner parties. Having great people skills helps to create and strengthen relationships with a lot of people. Many of those connections can in turn be beneficial at some point.
  5. Finding balance. All work and no play can create burnout, which won’t help anyone become more successful. Striking the right balance is important for any top executive who wants to be successful. There’s a time for work, and then there is a time to play. Taking the time to do things outside of work that you enjoy will make you that much more effective once you head back into the boardroom.
  6. Think creatively. Being able to think of new ways to step up your game is going to do a lot to help lead you down the path toward success. For example, in today’s high-tech world, small businesses that create a virtual sales force and influencer team to help market their products are seeing a great return on their investment. Also, those businesses who team up with and help support charities see good things in return as well.

“People may see a game of tennis, but I know that getting that tennis time into my life makes me a better CEO, too,” added Grover. “There’s a lot that goes into being successful in business, but it’s a challenge that I enjoy. I’m looking forward to even more success now with Indi. When you believe and work hard, the sky is the limit!”

Many of the lessons Grover has learned on the tennis court are ones that he’s been able to put to good use in the boardroom, too. Being a great tennis player calls for having solid mental skills, physical ability, courage, discipline, and problem solving skills. These are skills that are also necessary in the boardroom. He used these skills daily, focusing on helping people make connections, while promoting brands, and giving everyone the ability to become an influencer.

Indi has over 100 million affiliate products, featuring major name brands such as Canon, Nike, Adidas, Target, Best Buy, Amazon, Zales, Walmart, The North Face, Vanity Planet and many more. Users on the site are able to create authentic content and share it into their social stream. Companies such as the Denver Broncos, “America’s Got Talent,” Domino’s and Starbucks have partnered with Indi and are using their platform to greatly increase their social media engagement and influence, all without using paid promotion.  Indi has made it possible for companies to turn employees and customers into brand ambassadors, allowing them to post video reviews of products and earn a commission when somebody clicks through their unique link and makes a purchase at the retailer’s website.

The Indi co-founders and much of the team have been together for years since they were one of the only ecommerce companies to have multiple consecutive years of profitability competing with Amazon. For more information on Indi and the options available to individual influencers, companies, and consumers, visit the site at: http://indi.com.


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