“What is the difference between a great business owner and someone that could only be classed as being average? Some people would suggest that the former would offer inspiration to staff members, while the latter might be a rather less impressive figure.
I would certainly agree that one of the key ingredients to being a successful business owner is that ability to communication, to inspire and to interact with people on an individual basis. This is certainly true when considering employees, but you’ll find that such skills are also useful when dealing with suppliers and clients.
But this isn’t the only element that’s important to consider if you want to be really successful. Being able to communicate will certainly be useful, but my own experience suggests that many of the best people in any industry are also incredibly organised. Some of them obviously find that this comes naturally to them.
It should also be said that it’s clear that others have to work hard in order to stay on track. Many end up employing someone to specifically help with this area of the role. If you’re operating a small business, then you may not feel that you’re in a suitable financial position to take on a new employee to assist in this area. In this case, it’s really up to you to improve the situation.
Think about your average working day and what it might typically involve. Do you find that you spend a lot of your time jumping from one task to the next? You may actually struggle to concentrate on a single area of work. Although it can be good to multi-task, it’s important that every step that you take should be about helping your business to grow.
The reality, however, may be somewhat different. It’s so easy to get drawn in to dealing with a continuous stream of emergencies. In some senses, this could be said to be typical of the way in which many small businesses operate. There’s no plan or direction in place. If that’s how you’re approaching each day, then it’s fair to assume that your employees may also have a similar lack of direction. This is unlikely to be producing positive results.
So how can you deal with this situation? At the present time, you may feel that this is the only way for you to approach things, although the reality is that there are likely to be a number of approaches available to you. Firstly, it’s important to remember that you’re unlikely to be the only person who can get things done.
It’s often said that the ability to delegate is critical to any business owner and I certainly believe this to be true. If you are trying to deal with areas where you have a lack of knowledge, then think about outsourcing some tasks. You don’t need to fight this battle on your own.”
Jonas Swain (reading-place.com)