Every Business Owner or Leader is in the People Business

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What is your goal for your business?

No matter what your short-term or long-term goal looks like for you and your future, I would like to share some successful tips to help you get there.

Whether you’re growing, re-organizing, or creating more freedom for yourself, a switch in perspective will be the beginning steps for you.

You’re in the People Business. Yes, You.

And don’t forget: No matter what business you are in, you are in the People Business.

All the people around you are valuable:

  • Customers
  • Suppliers & vendors
  • Tradespeople
  • Other business partners
  • Investors

No matter what you produce, build, create, sell, manage, or develop, you, as a business owner or leader are in the People Business.

Who are the people that are most valuable to YOU and your business?

  • Your Associates
  • Your Team

You have an investment in your associates, and they have invested in you with their time, energy, honed skills, financial abilities, emotions, futures, family’s futures, and a great portion of their lives.

People is what your business is about! I cannot stress that enough.

Breaking Down the Roles of Everyone in Your Business

Associates on your team need to be qualified, skilled, and focused on fulfilling their responsibilities to the company. This ensures that other necessary and valuable people associated with your business have been properly served and satisfied. These examples include:

  • The Customer: the product, service, experience, quality, and long-term relationship must be positive and developed for future business
  • The Vendors and Suppliers: the quality of the relationship, the terms and pricing, the timely and accurate payment processing, the quality of the materials offered
  • The Investors: quality of the relationship, developing value and understanding of the business’ successes, ability to explain and educate to ensure long term relationships
  • Business Partners: develop relationships, educate, inspire, reward, incentivize, etc.

In other words, it is their job to run the day-to-day operations of the business.

Managers (and that may or may not be you): need to ensure that the businesses objectives are being performed and carried out.

You, as the business owner or leader, may find yourself involved in both aspects at times. You may be more involved in certain areas where your skillset is necessary, depending on the size of your company.

It is important that you know whether this is possible now – or a goal for your company in the near future.

In order for you to get where you want your business to be:

You must recognize that your main role and responsibility is to OVERSEE that the above job responsibilities and relationships are being managed and handled properly.

You Had the Vision – Keep Up the Momentum

As the owner or leader of your business, it was your vision, creation, passion, motivation, goal, and risk to take on getting your business plan into motion.

You can always continue to be that person for your organization. While you may need to teach, train, correct, adjust, or get involved at times in the day-to-day operation to ensure that the process is being managed properly, your job is to hold your associates responsible for the ultimate day-to-day management and likely oversight of them.

Your role to everyone is:

  • To build relationships and develop others
  • To service needs and offer quality and value at the level that is deemed appropriate; and with those to whom it is appropriate- specifically, your direct reports and leadership team. They are your responsibility and what allows your company to function.

What’s Behind Your Motivation? Ask these Questions.

Your responsibility as the owner and leader requires you to be skilled in doing all of that and much more with associates and/or managers, rather than with others. Among all your responsibilities, this what being the leader includes – that is the deal you signed on for.

If you decide to get involved in the day-to-day operation or insert yourself into areas that are within the categories of associates and/or managers responsibilities, it is worth asking yourself what is motivating you to take that action? Ask yourself:

  • Is the goal to fix something?
  • Do you have a goal to teach?
  • Is the goal to stay involved in something that you don’t trust is being done correctly – or because you enjoy it and have a hard time letting it go?
  • What are the reasons that you are inserting yourself?

Ask Yourself How You Can Look at the Situation in a New Way

..And explore different methods to develop and empower your associates:

  1. Where is the opportunity to teach or delegate, rather than micro-manage?
  2. Where is the opportunity to watch someone else’s way of executing that decision (and possibly learn from them)?
  3. Can you begin to understand more intricate aspects of the way your business works by observing curiously rather than interjecting?
  4. Are there ways to create even better possibilities by merging the ideas together or expanding from all of them?
  5. How do you want to define yourself as a leader of a strong team?
  6. What will encourage your team to become stronger and stronger over time for you – and your business success?

When we choose to interject ourselves, we deny ourselves so much possibility to be gained. I’ve found that we have many opportunities that arise which allow us these chances to make a decision about the role we choose to play.

Leaders Leverage Opportunities to Learn

These opportunities can be used to become more curious about how things are really being done.

Be inspired by the talent of those around you, grow others to their next level and create a new expansive vision for where you want to take your company and teams as a result.

So many great things can come from opportunities such as these, so try and take full advantage of them when they arise.

You will always be the necessary visionary for your company.
The greater the information you can take in, the better ability you have to do it!

You know what kind of leader you want to be and what type of environment you want to create in your organization – and remember, there are no right or wrong ways of doing things.

I‘ve shared my ideas and what has worked for me. Whatever you decide to implement for yourself, I want to invite you to check us out further so we can help you through the process. We are here to help you become the best you can be with an outlined, step-by-step process.

Most importantly, you will have access to us for the details. We’re here to help you get through the obstacles and challenges that arise and help you stay on track.

90 days is all it takes to results. Visit us at Strive Coaching Studio today.

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