As business advisers at BHR Papalia, we see situations where business owners encounter a degree of difficulty in transitioning from being the “doer” of the work to being the one who supervises others to do just that.
Some reasons why business owners struggle with this transition are things like wanting to make sure quality control is maintained and where the business owners feel they need to be on the job at all times to ensure cost control and a quality outcome for their client. Delegation just becomes too difficult.
This obstacle seems more obvious in certain business types, such as building and trade based businesses for example, but it really applies across most business sectors. Getting yourself ‘off the tools’ in order to manage the processes, delegate and lead the way sometimes becomes an insurmountable challenge.
What this is really all about is the change which occurs when a business owner goes from working in their business to working on their business. Put another way, it means moving away from doing the work to finding the work; you become the “rainmaker” of the business.
We use a number of question and answer processes that are designed to assist business people in this situation to make the gradual paradigm shift that this entails. These are designed to help tease out the aspects of what managing and leading are all about. In essence we all need to grow as our business grows and this is as much about nurturing and learning as it is about making sure the bills are being paid and the money is collected on time from customers.
Therefore the bigger picture about business growth should prompt you to consider a range of very important factors and questions, some of which are:
The above points cover a lot of what becomes your business plan to prosperity. We regularly use an old saying which goes ‘if you fail to plan then you plan to fail’. The lack of attention to your future will often result in another pearl of wisdom which says that ‘people who aim at nothing will hit the target with unerring accuracy’!
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