Bula is a Fiji term analogous to “aloha” in Hawaiian meaning both hello and goodbye.
It also means “life” and carries with it the connotation that life is good.
When I was about 25 I ran across this word, “Bula!” fell in love with it and began to use it as a greeting on all my internal memos. Bula! All it took was one explanation and people instantly remembered it. Now that you know what it means, you won’t forget it.
Network is all about people. They make the difference. Specifically, it’s about small business owners. They’re the operators, the get-it-done people who have occupied my life since I was a teenager selling hi-fi equipment in a local stereo shop.
Connection, collaboration and conversation fuel the most powerful resource available to small business owners through peer advisory groups.
Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Leaders need people they can be transparent with — Bula Network is that resource for SMB owners.
My name is Randy Cantrell. I own and operate Bula Network, LLC, a peer advisory company serving SMB owners. I also coach and consult SMB owners, CEOs, executives and leaders.
When I was 16 I walked into a stereo shop cold and got a job selling hi-fi gear. Driven by my love of music and my complete obsession with stereo gear, it seemed perfectly logical to me even though I had no experience. Straight commission selling is the deep end of the pool when you’re just a kid getting your first real job. Thankfully, passion, drive and strong work ethic fueled my success. It wasn’t a long-term career decision, but like so many of you…it turned out I had stumbled into what would be my career for years to come.
By the time I was in my mid-20’s I had almost a decade of experience and was running a multi-million-dollar consumer electronics chain, a subsidiary of a larger company. I learned entrepreneurship at an early age as a young chief executive because I was responsible. That’s what entrepreneurship is all about – accepting responsibility for the financial outcome.
Here we are over 40 years later, and many millions of dollars in sales and profits, hundreds of employees and tons of mistakes coupled with quite a few victories…and now the quest is to serve the community I’ve been part of since the beginning, small business. I don’t define it by the amount of revenue or employees, but rather by how close the owner is to the work. There’s benefit in drinking water closest to the source. Likewise, I find benefits in working with small business owners because we’re close to the work, unafraid to get our hands dirty and willing to do what must be done. We’ve got nobody to blame for the outcome because the responsibility is on us, and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
Operators fight fires. And we love it. It energizes us. Our oxygen is making sense of the chaos and the fast pace. Whether we’re running companies with hundreds of millions in revenues, or operating companies chasing the first million dollars in sales…we’re thrilled with the pursuit.
Bula Network is about one singular pursuit – higher human performance. Specifically, it’s about YOUR higher human performance. It’s about growing your business – revenues and profits. It’s about growing your leadership and ability to manage the work in your company. It’s about your life. All of you, the complete humanity that is YOU.
The methodology is proven and sound — it’s about surrounding you with other small business owners who will help you grow and improve. Who you surround yourself with makes all the difference – as a friend Leo Bottary says, “Who you surround yourself with matters!” Bula Network gives you the opportunity to be surrounded by other small business owners who want to achieve more. As part of Bula Network you’re surrounded by other small business owners driven to achieve greater success.
Proverbs 15:22 “Where there is no counsel, purposes are disappointed; But in the multitude of counsellors they are established.”
Forbes published an article entitled, 10 Reasons To Join A CEO Peer Group. The article cites Richard Franzi, author of the book “Critical Mass The 10 Explosive Powers of CEO PEER GROUPS.” Here’s his list of 10 reasons:
1. Safe Haven
Confidentiality allows each member to be totally open about issues. It provides a safe environment where a CEO can work through topics that he or she is unable to discuss with others directly associated with their business.
2. Solid Reasoning
When a CEO peer group is working on a challenge for one of their members, having diverse perspectives can pay huge dividends for the quality of the discussion and the depth of the exploration undertaken.
3. Real Feedback
When a peer member asks for unfiltered feedback, he or she gets just that. Truth can be hard to swallow sometimes, but it is good for business leaders to have their ideas challenged sometimes.
The CEO peer group allows the executive to create their own personal guidance system. This steering committee of seasoned pros can be helpful when charting a course through difficult waters.
The element of accountability can be underestimated by members when they are new to a CEO peer group. Everyone, from time to time, can benefit from having a respected peer hold their feet to the fire.
The power of a CEO peer group includes the ability to focus the collective awareness of many executives on one specific issue. The result is an intensity of thought capable of delivering much greater mental energy.
An ever present challenge for CEOs is to continue to discover information previously not known to them. When a member receives new information from the group, it is as if a light goes on for them and they can see clearer.
The power a CEO peer group creates in its members a new structure for gathering fresh insights The groups not only help solve problems, they help members grow as a leader and as a person.
Most businesses, even successful ones, can develop organizational inertia that is hard to overcome. A CEO peer group can give members “escape velocity” to free them from earth bound issues (at least for half a day each month).
The majority of new businesses fail. By sharing in the wisdom of others, the CEO can increase the chance of the firm to survive and thrive. By taking this one simple act, CEOs begin to turn the odds in their favor.
Bula Network provides small business owners the same advantages available to many top level CEOs. We work to give our members THE PEER ADVANTAGE so they can build better businesses and lives.
Here’s how the business world refers to these:
- Business Development / Marketing / Sales / Referrals
- Management / Leadership / Operations
- Systems / Processes / Work Flow / Mental & Emotional Health (balance)
I’m fanatical about:
– Servant leadership
– Efficient and effective processes
– Extraordinary customer experiences
– Building solid customer bases with consistent referrals
– Growth, learning and constant improvement