Celebrate Ichiban Commercial Solutions – Our Lessons on Business Growth.
I have to thank Linkedin. If it was not for the multitude of congratulations that I got as a result of the Linkedin anniversary update, the significance of this week may have passed me by without realising that it is our first birthday. I am a firm believer in celebrating small wins along the way. Our first birthday, is certainly a worthwhile occasion to celebrate Ichiban Commercial Solutions and to take an opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months as part of our July 2016 Newsletter.
Why “Ichiban” Commercial Solutions?
Many people ask me where the name Ichiban comes from. I am certainly not Japanese and as far as most people know, I have never lived in Japan. I do not speak Japanese.
Well – I have a wonderful Japanese friend. Last year, after realising that registering a company is the best business solution, I had to come up with a name for my company. I played with different names but asked my friend, Nagako to give me a few Japanese suggestions. What words she associated with me and my “to-be” business. She had this a-ha moment, picking Ichiban. I translate it as “To be my best” (number 1 technically).
My dad always told me that it did not matter what I did, what mattered, was that I did my best.
Thus, how could I not pick Ichiban as my part of my business name?
To do my best for my clients, is what Ichiban is to me and that is what I celebrate. Always doing my best for my clients.
Celebrate Ichiban Commercial Solutions’ values
Creating my own business, gave me an opportunity to create my own values and cultures. I must admit that in the corporate world, I saw way too often that values were pasted on the wall and forgotten.
Forgotten values create a rotten culture.
Culture and values to me are intertwined. The values created for Ichiban are simple and I made it easy for myself to remember and even easier to live those in my business.
C – Collaboration:
E – Excellence
L – Leadership & Loyalty
I – Integrity
A – Accountability
I love having the opportunity to live my business values and to create the culture that I like. One where values are not pasted on a wall and forgotten.
Celebrate our inner circle of support
The world of an entrepreneur in a “soft” services area, can be a lonely adventure. Ichiban Commercial Solutions is my dream and is the one thing that I set out to do for me. I wanted to be free to add value and make a difference in my way.
I am good at many things, bad at a few more and really suck at asking help. At times in the past year, I felt lonely, down and really sad.
When we work and earn a salary, we work for someone else’s dream. We work hard, we complain but we know generally that come payday, we earn our paycheque and move on to the next month. In the world of bootstrapping your own startup and managing cash flow, it is hard to survive the first 12 months.
Therefore celebrating the first birthday milestone is really important. I am so grateful for my family and my inner circle of support. I still suck at asking help for me, but I know that I have your support and love and I sincerely appreciate it.
Celebrate Ichiban Commercial Solutions’ clients
I have the best clients. My absolute gratitude to you for your support and your loyalty. In business, it is all about our customers and what we give to you.
You are the best. You are the innovators who make a difference. I learn from you and am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference and add value in your business.
I celebrate you! Without you, there would be no opportunity to celebrate Ichiban Commercial Solutions.
Good consultants blog and write newsletters.
Do you even know how scary that is?
Let me tell you.
You write this article and then it is saved on your website. You sort of hope many people see it but you wonder, what if they don’t like it.
Then you publish it on Linkedin. You press the button and guess what? LinkedIn asks you if you are sure that you want to publish this article. Do they not realise the agony of having to push that “publish” button once, forget about doing it a second time?? Really???
I found my solution – I will write as long as I find some humour and fun in the exercise.
My creative portfolio now have many blogs, a monthly newsletter, 4 external articles and an Ebook. I found my creative side and it is fun.
Finally, help me celebrate Ichiban Commercial Solutions and share some of our lessons with you
In conclusion, I leave you with a few suggestions on what to do in order to be able to be able to create and celebrate your own small wins and grow your business capability:
Find your purpose and name it
Ichiban is very close and personal to me because of what it means to me; when you find purpose and passion, it gives you the strength to get up even when you are really down;
Decide what your own business values are and make it easy to remember – the easier, the better.
When I was looking for an easy acronym to use, I found that the letters of my name were useful. How can I now forget my values? Find something that works for you and your business. But culture and values are important to create a long lasting business.
Find your own inner support circle
Work out who your trusted advisors, mentors and inner support circle is. At some stage, all of us have felt that our boat is sinking. Know when to ask for help. It sucks to ask for help, but drowning or giving up on your dream is far worse.
Remember your customers
Be grateful for your customers. Without them, there will be no business.
I went to an innovation workshop recently and part of the presentation allowed time for playing and building Lego. Creativity is what stimulates innovation. We are so much more creative than we often allow ourselves to be. Make sure you make time to have some fun.
Thank you for your continued support.
Have a great day!
Celia Jordaan is procurement and risk consultant at Ichiban Commercial Solutions, Perth Western Australia.
With over 20 years experience, Celia has worked in different countries, locations and cultures. Celia worked in the areas of:
- supply chain,
- contract management,
- law and
In addition, Celia also worked in the area of
- risk management,
- contractor management and
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