The Business Edge Blog

September 27, 2011

Open Letter to Millions of Small Business Owners

Is Your Mindset Growing As Quickly As Your Business?

Dear Business Owners –

Congratulations on your business success!  You’re doing things right.  Maybe it hasn’t been as easy as you thought it would be when you were just dreaming of owning your own business, but you’ve overcome the obstacles to get to where you are.

Has your mindset grown as quickly as your business, or is your entrepreneur mindset one of the obstacles that you still need to overcome?  My clients benefit from changing their outlook.  Let me explain –

>  When you first began your business you were probably personally involved in every aspect of the business, every decision that was made, and every dollar that was spent.  As your business has grown, are there areas of the business that you are still reluctant to delegate to anyone else?  Make a list of these.

>  You probably have line items in your financial systems that help identify what you are spending.  Do you have budgets set for those line items or are you just keeping track throughout the year?  Can you describe guidelines for expenditures in some of these areas?

>  Look at your personal physical location in your business.  Is your area positioned so that you are always working “in” your business when you are there, or have you moved away from the center of the activity to a location where you have the ability to work “on” the business as well?

I challenge my clients to try on a new mindset – the mindset that a corporate Chief Executive Officer (CEO) would have. In a corporate setting the CEO has delegated work to others, provided guidelines and budgets so that others can be responsible and held accountable for making good decisions in their areas of expertise.  The corporate CEO keeps a pulse on the business but works in an environment where they can work on strategic planning and growth plans to take the business to the next level.

Try on the CEO mindset today.  Look at your business as a corporate CEO would.  What would you change?  If you can’t make the changes today, define the steps that you can begin to take to get to where you need to be.

I promise the time you spend will be well worth it.



P.S.  The next time you print business cards, think about whether you have become the CEO of your organization!

Blog readers – what do you think?  Where has your mindset held you back?  I look forward to hearing from you!


1 Comment »

  1. Holly I agree with your article. It can be difficult to work on the business when there are so many things pulling at us for our immediate attention to work in the business. Taking a set time weekly or monthly to really focus on the business is essential. I will not say I am a pro at it, but I am seeing the need and benefit of the practice. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Kurt A Berry — October 4, 2011 @ 8:41 am | Reply

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