Business Owners Beware

Did you get snagged in the bear trap?

Relax
Relax

It’s pretty easy to get caught up in starting your own business, getting it running, keeping it running and making sure it doesn’t sink. I know, I’ve done it a few times and have indeed been caught in the trap more than once. If you are thinking about starting your own company or simply take your work too seriously, read along as it may well be worth the couple minutes of your time. If you already own and operate your own business, give this some serious thought before starting your day.

How often do you say things like “I don’t have time”, “I wish there was more time in the day” or “So much to do, so little time”?  These phrases should sound the alarm bell for a few things and might be signalling a need to make changes at work and in your personal life – both positive and negatives.

I’ll summarize in a couple of lists, feel free to ask if you want additional feedback.

Things to think about:

  1. Are you working to work, to fill your day or is each task productive?
  2. Are you working on what’s important to the future of your business?
  3. Do you remember what got you where you are and the reason you got there to begin with?
  4. When was the last time you went away and didn’t make work a priority each day?
  5. Can and will your work be completed in your absence or are you the required “secret sauce”?

What to do about it?

  1. Analyze your job, document what you do each day, drop the unnecessary tasks and focus on that which actually requires You
  2. Stop doing those things that are not important to the future of your business.
  3. Spend time to break down your tasks into basic steps, tasks that nearly anyone can complete with minimal training.
  4. Document the process and procedures you go through in order to complete your job such that a replacement could be sought and inserted should the need or want arrise
  5. Step away from work to see the big picture. More often than not people get caught up in the minutia and day-to-day, never looking at it from a distance to analyze, improve, remove or refine the role.
  6. Delegate. Get over yourself and empower others to be successful.

Find or make time to get away from it for a bit of time. Chances are pretty good that the business won’t completely fall apart and others will step up to the task when given the chance and without you as a crutch to fall back on.

Fear, the Creativity Killer

It’s pretty hard to get up if you’ve never fallen down.

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Sir Ken Robinson

This quote was from a short speech given by Sir Ken Robinson, viewable on Ted HERE – A really good source of high quality information “ideas worth sharing

The topic is on how schools kill creativity, forcing their curriculum without seeing the potential of the children and allowing them to do the things the were born to do along with educational guidance. I couldn’t agree more.

Likening it to employees at the company, the fear of failing and not moving ahead in their role, career and life as a result of this fear is an absolute shame.

Have a plan, share it or don’t, but move forward with what you think is right. No one has ever been fired for failing at an attempt to improve the customer experience, their efficiency at work, the products and services offered at the company.

Nothing earth shattering in this post, just encouragement to run with it, be wrong, learn from it and try again.