If you’re a business owner, you’re a leader – whether you want to be or not. For some business owners, building and leading a team, getting the most out of people, and nurturing talent are some of the most rewarding aspects of the job. It’s what gets them out of bed with a spring in their step.
As a business adviser, I work with owners of all sorts of businesses – creative and otherwise. One thing that a surprising number of business owners have in common is that they just don’t plan their business.
As a business owner, you have the dual responsibility of deciding where your business is going, and making sure you get there. Much like the pilot of a plane, you need to know your destination, plot your course and then get your aircraft from A to B.
Mark Zuckerberg was mentored by Steve Jobs during the early days of Facebook. Twitter CEO and cofounder Jack Dorsey turns to Disney CEO Bob Iger when he needs business advice.
Do you have a clear vision of where you’re going? Some business owners do and some don’t. When I start working with a client, if their vision is a blurry, vague picture, without a distinct destination or route towards it, I start by helping them clarify that picture.