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How healthy is your business?

What does the NRL teach you about having a healthy business?

State of Origin Game I went by in a flash, and it was a hard-fought affair. Both sides struggled through to the end of 80 minutes, and plenty of lessons were learnt.

Your business could benefit from some of the same ideas – but health and fitness don't mean anything unless you're performing as you should. When a part of your company or organisation is ill or wounded, you don't compound the problem by keeping it running and lumping more work on it. It's the same in rugby league – when Kieran Foran was hampered by an injury earlier in the season, he was ruled out until he could play again. He wasn't thrown back into the mix, because his injury would have worsened.

If you see a part of your business lagging behind, take the same principle – figure out exactly what's wrong with a health check, as with better data management, you'll be able to identify and fix problems more quickly from the get-go.

Keeping on top of your diet

As with many diets and health kicks, you only get out what you put in. Sports Dietitians Australia suggests a diet rich in carbohydrates for energy and fuel whilst on the field during an NRL game.

What's the carbohydrate in your business' diet? If you don't know what keeps your workforce turning over and money coming in, it's better to act now and check on its health than wait for growth to happen and then have to find one tiny problem that's the basis of all sorts of other issues.

Your business runs off information – it's one of only four resources it has to go on, along with money, people and physical assets. An NRL player wouldn't ignore carbohydrates from their diet, so why are so many directors missing their own vital ingredient to running a successful and efficient business?

A period of growth can be a fantastic way to boost the morale of employees.

While you can see the problem, act. A period of growth can be a fantastic way to boost the morale of employees, but it could all be undone if the foundations aren't sound.

The Association for Information and Image Management states that 57 per cent of respondents to a survey believe their senior management teams are only interested in looking at issues when things go wrong. Don't be a part of that figure – be proactive, not reactive, and get your business on track with better information management.

Keep the players healthy, and your team will come out on top!

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