|From Spectator To Main Character.|
Today I’d like to share with you my thoughts on a perfectly real and objective subject: I want to talk about entrepreneur’s responsibilities.
And more specifically, about "your" responsibilities as an entrepreneur, or better yet your “most important” responsibility, which is your role as the one responsible for developing and growing your own business, but as an actor rather than a spectator.
The ever so toxic mania we have to point out who is guilty instead of solving the problem.
Can you imagine firefighters arriving at a fire scene, then stopping to find out who was responsible for firing it up instead of immediately putting out the flames so that they don’t spread out to neighboring homes, causing more damage?
Or in a much simpler case, can you imagine that in the middle of a soccer game, the goalkeeper starts to feel cramped and allows the opposite team to score several times and his team’s manager doesn’t do anything about it?
If you can anticipate the results won’t be as expected, you better get to act upon the problem as soon as possible.
In the first situation, it is obvious: There is an emergency situation which needs to be resolved, so the solution is right there. First shut off the fire and then start looking for anything else. No discussion. It is common sense and is what generates the most immediate results.
In the second situation, it's a little more complicated, because a different set of elements come to play an important role, many of which are quite subjective: that the goalkeeper might be going through a rough patch on his life, that he deserves a second chance, that everything will get better after halftime, that he is the team’s captain and other players might lose motivation if he’s replaced on the game... in brief, surely important arguments, with good foundation most of them, but rather subjective in the end.
But what’s the problem here?
At the end of the game, if you don’t make the right decisions on time, the team you’re leading loses.
And if we were referring to your business, it would all be much clearer then: at the end, your business will be the only loser if you don´t make the right decision on time. That is why you should not act as an spectator, the person simply watching as problems occur and then just looks for who is responsible of such a situation to punish it, yell at it and then fire it.
Situations like these cannot be considered, or shouldn’t be considered, as an opportunity to showcase your force as the boss, but instead as one to demonstrate your leadership skills, your abilities to analyze the problems your project faces and give them adequate and timely solutions, steering your team to follow the right direction.
We all understand subjectivity often overlaps our ability to remain objective on specific situations and keeps us from seeing things clearly, especially when there are strong emotional ties or personal relationships involved with the project.
However, above all, you must remember it is your business we’re talking about, therefore, it’s your direct responsibility.
And when I say "your direct responsibility" I mean it is not only about hiring people professionally prepared to do the job they are supposed to do and the one you need to have done, that is a key element on it.
I am also referring to you assuming a more important, proactive role in how your project grows and moves forward, making sure at all times that every person involved with it, including yourself, is on the right track, properly engaged and oriented towards achieving goals previously set.
Sitting at your desk expecting people to bring to you their proposals and ideas, showing you the results of their work, is a very typical attitude of old fashioned bosses, but makes no sense anymore and specially when you’ve realized that, after all, what is at stake is your own business project.
Yes, it’s totally clear that, in the end, you will develop a natural ability to find out who is responsible for every situation and will fire that person without blinking, but... what's with that ? what’s the point? does it help your business grow and get better? does it make you a better leader?
You need to update your own personal processor: Going from being a spectator to becoming the main character on your story, from being the boss to becoming the leader. It sounds easy, but it is not.
However, the difference in the results you'll get, makes it well worth the effort.
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