Considering that yesterday was a Remembrance Day, maybe you are recalling your school day history lessons about the bombing of Pearl Harbor when you hear this phrase “A date which will live in infamy“ but today it will be referring to the day you decided to become a business owner.
Maybe it is just a quirky exploration thing, but it is always interesting to hear the stories of how business owners either went into business or started up the business they own. That moment in time lives on each and every day the business is open for business. This is not to say that this event was notoriously bad or negative as it is framed in the Pearl Harbor event but that this unique instant in time changed the course of your business life.
A classic book on this topic was written years ago by Michael E. Gerber – “The E-Myth Revisited.” It is the story of many small business owners which had a moment in time when they decided it was better to be the owner of the business rather than the provider of technical talents into someone else’s business. Oddly enough shortly after they ventured into the world of owning a business, they discovered the many parts which are outside their technical realm which was their primary strength in going into business. Things like employees and accounting and sales all are part of the dynamics small business owners either enjoy the challenge or succumb to them.
As a small business owner for over 30+ years and having had a corporate career in a small software tech startup organization which grew into and became a publicly traded company on the stock exchange, JKL Associates is passionate about helping guide small businesses to the full potential they deserve. Main street, Small Business and family run businesses are the backbone and leading employment opportunities in this country. Our country has a rich history of entrepreneurs and small business owners who have tossed caution to the wind and risked everything to be part of the better life. A life not only for them but for all of those individuals who joined in the effort to grow a business from humble beginnings.
Along the journey many challenges are presented to leaders and the variety seems to get wider each and every year. Owners need access to a variety of trusted advisors. From finance to sales and even the technical production of goods are all evolving and need expertise to bring each to the best contribution to the organization. The challenge too often is that owners can get blinded by so many things that they either don’t engage assistance or their ego gets in the way of their own growth.
As the owner of the business, as you lead your team to the next level of results, it is critical to know what your specific contribution talents are and then engage others to build with you on the journey. You may have brought with you from your past certain skills and talents which is the foundation of the business offerings. As the owner you will always have the greatest passion for this part of the organization. Your passion needs to be spread throughout so that the whole organization lives to the same pulse you have for it. You must also recognize that passion for success is different than actually executing all the elements it takes to make it happen.
This week as we are finalizing our efforts to wrap up 2022, challenge yourself to look at 2023 through the lens of leadership being part of the team of success and not just having the title of owner. By engaging your teams talents into a strategy which is owned by everyone your progress on the path to success is accelerated.
It is time to engage a Promise Guide at JKL Associates to be on the path with you and your team so the journey is not only productive but can be enjoyable along the way. Reach out to JKL Associates at MI (313) 527-7945 or FL (40-7) 984-7246 for a no obligation conversation. If it is right and mutually beneficial for both parties, then magic happens.