Recently I’ve spoken to several business owners who are literally prisoners to their businesses. Actually I see this on a regular basis but it seems like lately I’ve seen it more. The worst part is that THEY DON’T SEE IT! Let me encourage you to be honest with yourself today. It’s OK to admit that things are not perfect in your life and your business. I have to admit that to myself all the time, and I’m a business coach!
I’m a regular speaker at many of the outstanding Rotary groups here in the Houston area. I love Rotary because the men and women who make up this organization are leaders. So I’m speaking today on the topic of leadership.
As a business coach I work with executives and business owners to help them grow in their leadership. I help them find their role in the leadership of their business. But what is that role? It’s easy to simply say “leadership.” But what should a business owner be doing with his or her leadership? I want to give you 5 behaviors every business owner must do to be the leader their business needs.
I have to confess that when I first heard someone speak to me about “affirmations,” I did not take the concept seriously. My mind went back to old TV episodes of Saturday Night Live where they made jokes about this practice. However, I’ve come to realize that positive affirmations can be life-changing!
Are you enjoying the freedom you deserve as a business owner? Are you still having fun? Are you making the money you had hoped to make when you started your business, or are you working too much for too little return?
If you are not experiencing the freedom, fun, or fortune that you hoped for, you may be experiencing the business owner blues!
Your annual business growth plan is critical to the consistent, healthy growth of your business. I hope you will overcome the barriers and go into the new year with a solid plan for growth.
I have already identified the 3 Parts of an Annual Business Growth Plan. They are: Your Marketing Plan (with particular focus on your Marketing Calendar), Your Budget (or Financial Plan), and Your Organizational Improvement Plan. Here I want to look more closely at Your Organizational Improvement Plan.
I want to share with you today about how to create a turn key business, and specifically, I want to talk about the 5 Components of a Turn Key Business.
Great business leaders build great businesses that can run without them. That’s what I encourage all the business owners I work with to work toward. To create a business that can function and perform consistently and predictably, without their constant presence and their constant attention.
There are 3 levels of work in your business: a Leadership role, a Manager role, and a Technician role. The Leader’s job is to clarify the vision, set the direction, and build the systems. The Manager’s job is to maintain, refine, and measure the systems. The Technician’s job is to do the specific work of the business – e.g. work the systems. How do your organize your small business to achieve maximum results?
Now, I understand that most small business owners wear all three hats! However, to be strategic and grow your business you MUST learn to spend more time on Leadership and less time on the Technical work of the business. Where most of us struggle is that we do not spend enough time “leading” because most of our time is consumed with “doing.”
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the level of thinking that created them. –Albert Einstein
In order to take your business to the next level, you must become a Strategic Business Owner. The first step in becoming a Strategic Business Owner is to face reality. Now consider the second step: your mindset shift from technician to CEO.