Do you ever feel like “you are up to your neck in alligators”? Do you spend all day dealing with all the worries that are threatening to pull you (and your business) under?
If you are open for change, please take our FREE 5-minute ON&IN Leadership Assessment <here>.
I’ll never forget the day that my dad unexpectedly died. I was a recent university graduate, and the news hit me like a ton of bricks. Suddenly, I inherited the leadership position of our small family business of five employees along with a shocking revelation.
Not only did I become the leader of our business, but I also learned our little company was carrying a HUGE debt! I’m talking about an enormous debt with very little income!
The Leadership Challenge
Immediately, I jumped in with both feet, investing all my time and effort, devoting all of my ability and energy to build the business. I worked seven days a week for several years.
It was obvious we needed more revenue, and that was my main focus. I had to scrape and scrape and scrape to make it work. My wife still reminds me today that our weekly food budget was $20.
As I began to lead our small company by day, I started fighting other problems by night. Worries plagued me like alligators trying to take me under.
I was concerned about people, money/financing, government regulations, changing ways of customer buying…the list of worries was endless!
I worked harder and harder IN the business. I focused on what was required to meet the daily and weekly needs of the business.
A New Approach
After struggling for many months, I started taking a new approach to work ON the business, not just IN the business. Our revenue grew by 252% that year, and we had the highest amount of profits in the history of our company.
Once I discovered this better approach to business, I kept employing it year after year and eventually grew our fledgling company to an organization with over 150 employees – selling it in 2011 to a publicly traded company.
The good news is that any leader can tap the power of this ON&IN way and approach to tame the alligators and grow their business!
Are you becoming worn out working harder and harder and feeling like you are barely treading water? Would you like to work less and live more? Have you considered trying a different approach?
The first step toward change is taking my FREE 5-minute ON&IN Leadership Assessment <here>.