Not another sports analogy. Teams. Roles. Both important things when you’re trying to grow your business. Every team needs a coach. I was talking with a friend the other day about teams. He loves the concept of autonomous teams. Teams where everyone is pumping at full steam. But what happens when teams struggle? What happens if your team loses a few games? What happens when your team is in a slump?
The odds are in your favor. Hiring can be an adventure. It gives you the opportunity to meet new people. It gives you insight into other how other businesses are ran. How they treat their people. And all sorts of other experience, education and exposure. Over the years I have spent a lot of time honing my hiring chops. But one thing holds true.
One bad apple spoils the tree. I once worked with a client that reached 100 employees. The COO was doing all of the hiring and so she decided it was time to hire an HR person. She hired wrong. There is really no other way to put it. The new HR person rude was rude, unprofessional and generally not a nice person to work with.
Sometimes the obvious is not so obvious. Self-improvement is a huge market. Watch just one video on YouTube about anything entrepreneurial and your feed will instantly be filled with self-proclaimed gurus ready to help you take your life to the next level. Buy my book. Take my course. Sign up for my program. The offers are endless.
How do you eat an elephant? The myth of long range planning. From our youth we’re told we need to have a plan. That we need to know where we’re going. That we need to set long-range goals. And that we need to work towards them. The problem is this. For the most part. Long-range goals don’t work. Now let’s not confuse vision with long range goals. A vision is guided by a much deeper drive.
You will get there eventually. One of the biggest challenges when trying to grow as an individual or a business is fear. Fear of change or fear of failure. They’re both close cousins. One big challenge of implementing new technology into a business is overcoming the mindset of… What if it fails? This mindset of failure is entrenched in our society. It is a mindset that is instilled in us from youth. And it’s a cancer in the business world.
Size matters. In the beginning your business was just you and an idea. If you’re lucky. It was you, an idea, and few of your friends. But then along the journey of your business something happened. We’ll call that success. And so your business grew. In revenue, experience and people. Staff matters. A natural progression of any growing business is adding staff. To be more specific. Adding the right staff. But that topic is for another day. As your company grows and staff is added dynamics change and things quickly become well… Not as they were before. And that’s because there are inflection points as your company grows in size. Knowing what the inflection points are, when they happen, and how to deal with them can help make all the difference as you grow your small business.