Whether it's directly the case or not, you must accept responsibility for the state of your small business. It is because of you that the company remains stuck. And, it will always regress to your level of incompetence. So, unless you change, nothing else will. Your frustration will play out perpetually, and it'll become a state of hell for you, and those in your orbit.
Your first step forward is acknowledging this reality, your responsibility, and moving through the process, not just to pay lip service, but to fundamentally go on a journey to change for the better. To see yourself as others do. To see who you really are, not how you idealistically perceive your self. And to get the raw words from those around you, about what it feels like being on the other side of you.
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When we start our business and relentlessly pursue a goal, we entrepreneurs miss how many of our authoritative actions negatively impact those around us. And we usually fail to recognize along the way the wake we leave behind.
The wounds I inflicted on others is what I most regret from my time leading Noodlehead Marketing. It's an important lesson learned because of how it drives me to interact and lead people today. But, this lesson took me some time to recognize it. And to truly solidify it meant rectify it with those I hurt along the way.
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When we don’t see the full lifecycle of how things unfold, we’re inclined to make poor decisions. We lose ideas, never plan, fail to execute, neglect maintenance, and forget to audit. When this is you and your business, you are toast.
In the first several years of Noodlehead Marketing, I felt as if something was missing from my toolkit. Companies had systems, processes, and people, but what held it all together? What brought cohesion to all these disparate parts working in different directions? If this cohesion is simply a person, they become a bottleneck, so there must be a stronger and better option.
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When we feel stuck in our small business, it’s a powerful time to reflect on the journey and where to go next. No owner wants a stalling small business. We want a company that continues to grow and thrive. But when that no longer happens, we wonder what we should do next when everything we try simply perpetuates our wheel spinning.
You’ve got three options for how to move forward from here. You can keep going as-is, hoping things will change on their own (They won't). You can make foundational changes to orient the company how you want, or lastly, you can shut the business down (or sell it) and move on.
Same. Change. Or New.
Explore the 4 steps required to make the jump from chaos to clarity
Welcome to the next edition of my interview series where leaders I know share their insights about living better and working smarter.
For many years longer than I've been blogging, I've followed and read other blogs across the net. In my Feedly account, I'm now following 137 blogs on a variety of topics.
In pursuit of publishing my first book, and becoming a better writer, I added several writing experts to my newsfeed. One of those was the Bookish Fox blog, by Sarah Fox who helps authors write their best book possible. I invited her to share her insights. She generously agreed and so here we go!
Explore the insights from this interview with writer and book coach Sarah Fox
Early in our marriage, I was a free spirit. Think of a kite flying around in the sky and that was me. Unfortunately, I was so busy floating among the clouds I lost track of reality and the responsibilities around me.
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You’re out of steam. There’s too much to do. And you’re falling further behind every day.
And it feels like the same story, every year. Well, at least for a handful of the previous years.
Did you really go into business to operate this way? Is this what you imagined entrepreneurship would look like? Has the chaos become comfortable?
What if your small business could provide for you and your team, be enjoyable, have meaning, and facilitate ongoing success?
All at the same time?
That’s what you really want. That’s what I wanted. That’s what we can have. It’s what we would have, but something’s missing.
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For you and your small business, I want clarity because that clarity is your starting point for moving towards what you want, from and out of your business. But while you need and want clarity, its chaos you're surrounded by (and much of it caused by your own doing directly or indirectly).
In the midst of facing and transitioning out of chaos during the halfway point of my small business owner journey, a strong visual metaphor came to me, helping to understand what was going on and why the clarity and order were so important.
In this visual, I imagined a messy house. Every room was cluttered with stuff everywhere. Chaos all over.
Explore the path small business owners must take to find clarity and vanquish chaos
When the iPad first came out, I’d play Zombie Highway. The point of the game is to drive as far as possible without dying. Seems easy. But, there are forces pushing back. The car could crash either by running into debris in the road or, it could flip over when there were too many zombies on the vehicle.
To succeed in the game required looking forward onto the horizon instead of at the zombies. Their presence was distracting and caused the player to focus on the horde instead of the road. In most cases, the zombies didn’t flip the car, but focusing on them led to distracted driving causing the player to crash into debris they didn’t see coming.
The loss of vision and visibility inevitably leads to failure.
Click to discover the four types of distractions we all face