Are You A Trapped Business Owner-姉summer

UnCategorized Having too many hats to wear is no longer a sign of honor for the entrepreneur; it’s not a symbol of importance or power that as a micro-preneur you do everything from sweep the floor to forecast earnings. Too frequently, owners of small businesses are trapped into inefficiency and lack of momentum by their own control issues, their own micromanagement. My recent podcast guest, author Jim Blasingame, spoke with me about the frequently unacknowledged self-discipline that’s required to delegate. Here are some of the highlights: Blasingame says that the two keys to being a successful entrepreneur are leadership, and the ability to foster leadership in others. Fostering leadership is not the same as giving someone a detailed to-do list, it’s in realizing that you should not do everything yourself, you should not know how to do everything yourself, and that you actually hurt your business when you inspect, define and judge on the micro-level. Leaders are efficient, Blasingame points out, and micro-management is anything but efficient. This frequently requires that the entrepreneur is self-disciplined enough to get out of the way, to resist the urge to do it themselves. Entrepreneurs tend to think that their own way of doing things is the perfect way, and the perfect is the enemy of the good, Blasingame points out: seek excellence, not perfection. When things need to change, present it to staff and business partners as a request for experimentation, Blasingame says. "Nobody likes change, but everyone loves to experiment," he says. Employees tend to feel threatened when the boss announces that there will be changes. Couching things as experiments fosters their collaboration and involvement and it removes the CEO from the dictatorial position. The other typical condition of an overly-controlled organization is one in which everything is done in-house. Blasingame thinks that outsourcing is the greatest 21st century development for small businesses and he says that the very most important question to ask is "must this be done in-house?" He encourages all of his readers to make a list of every single task required for their business and then determine whether there are others outside the organization who could do it better/cheaper/faster. The simple process of generating that list helps you discover what your core .petence is (most likely things that touch the customer). There an additional benefit of outsourcing: many entrepreneurs find issues related to hiring and firing are the most difficult topics they face. Working on contract with an outsourced supplier of a service is an arrangement that may feel more .fortable. But even these two scenarios (employees and service providers) are the easier side of delegation. The 21st century requires that successful entrepreneurs hone their skills and develop even more self-discipline. I believe that in the virtual world, leaders are being called upon to be better .municators, stronger writers, and skilled documentarians. Wikis, contracts, project schedules and quality standards all have to be outlined carefully and described in ways that vendor-partners and strategic alliance members can genuinely understand the tasks/vision/out.e. Blasingame says that trust is the hidden nexus of the 21st century and agrees that specificity is key to building trust in the beginning of any business relationship. Other ways to foster trust and efficient delegation in the virtual world: start with pilot projects and encourage all members of the team to document their impressions of the alliance partners contributions. Rank them, Blasingame says, on whether they’re part of the problem, or part of the solution. Small businesses would do well to adopt a corporate tactic of post-partum/post-mortum meetings where the out.e of a project is evaluated by the group. Blasingame suggests that they should be done mid-project as well. In wrapping up the podcast, Blasingame contended that the three most important keys to success in the new business world is to first, leverage technology as much as possible; second, to constantly .work with people who can assist you; and third, to create strategic alliances. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: