Sick of hearing the tired old rhetoric question “are you running your business or is it running you”? Me too. When business leaders feel overwhelmed with work it isn’t because their business is running them…it’s because their business is kicking their butt like a grade-school recess soccer game. It’s slapping them upside the head and making jokes about their mother. It’s pushing them in the chest and daring them to do something about it.
The fact is we hear the same things over and over again when we listen to leaders tell us why they feel helpless to improve their business without killing themselves in the process. If any of the following self-talk sounds familiar, then chances are your business is out of control and it’s time to think differently.
Nobody else understands my business. Well, I guess you’re right. You are, after all, the smartest human on the planet. Your business is so unique that its complexities would baffle anyone but you. Were it not for you and your encyclopaedic certainty of when and how to do every single facet of your business, it would be doomed.
I feel overwhelmed with work. Ever feel like there just isn’t enough of you to go around, and you can’t possibly get to everything? Chances are you’re right. There’s no way a successful business leader can get to everything that can be done. But if you’re going to truly build a better business, you’ve got to make good decisions about what should be done, focus on those things, and allow everything else to stay undone while you drink beer with your buddies or go to the kids’ soccer game. There’s plenty of you to go around if you’re realistic about priorities.
I feel isolated. Most business leaders don’t like to hear this, but when they feel alone at the top it’s because they’ve chosen to be isolated. And don’t tell me that your business requires you to toil tirelessly over tasks without interaction with customers, employees or colleagues. If that’s the case, you don’t have a business, you have a job. And in case you didn’t know, it’s a lousy one at that. There’s a world of resources you can call on for help when you don’t know where to turn. But they won’t just appear. You have to look for them and be open to the help. Otherwise, enjoy your solitary confinement.
I’ve hit a ceiling. Sometimes, that’s exactly what happens. But just because you feel stalled right now doesn’t mean you’re stalled forever. Your business grows just like people do. Businesses typically go through periods of rapid and radical change, then they have periods when everything seems as stagnant as the swimming pool at an Oklahoma roadside motel. If that’s what you’re feeling now, then chances are it will only take one small push to get back on the road to progress. Sometimes it means a total rethink of where your business is going, and sometime it just needs some new way of looking at things. Power BI is an excellent example of this – it’s a very useful program that can analyse all kinds of data, and through it people can see all kinds of insights as to where they can become more efficient, change things and make improvements.
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