When you are the owner of the business, the business’s performance is in your hands. ┬áBut what about you, the owner? What about your needs and wants? Have you stopped lately to consider whether the company is achieving the goals for which you started it in the first place? Is your business serving you, or is it the other way around?

In a growing company, it is not uncommon for the senior executive(s) to become mired in the operations of the business. Growth causes pains of various sorts, so it’s easy to become the ambulance, running hither and yon with bandages and aspirin. Sometimes the situation even requires a sudden yank to reset a joint, a procedure that is not fun for anyone involved. Unfortunately, though, in the rush to fix things the vision winds up being placed on a shelf, or even lost.

If this sounds like you, let’s take a pause for a moment. Sometimes you as the owner or key leader have to step back from the fray for a better view. Answer a few questions:

  1. What’s your really long term goal for the business? Is your intention to wind it down and close when you’re done, to sell it, or to hand it off to a family member?
  2. Are you unsatisfied with your company’s results, yet running around applying bandages to try to make things better? If so, what’s going to change?
  3. Are you working too much, too little, or just the right amount? Are you spending more time in the business than you are living your life?
  4. Is the current state of your business causing you to suffer, to feel uncertain, to lose your confidence?
  5. If you are being candid with yourself, what are you great at doing (what do you love) in your work? What are you awful at doing (what do you loathe)?

If you are feeling frustrated and unsure of how to free yourself of the ambulance routine, no worries. There are proven methods to help you find more time and more bandwidth. There are ways to help you obtain more leverage from your business. It takes scalable thinking and operational disciplines.

If you want to know more about how to help your business serve you better,

  • Start by reading Scaling Up by Verne Harnish. It’s the Rockefeller Habits 2.0, and explains not only the operational disciplines that help your business grow, but also about companies who have already done what you’d like to do. These companies leap like Gazelles.
  • Talk to us. We partner with business owners who aren’t willing to settle for something less than what they want from their businesses, and from their lives. And we can stand with you as you implement the Rockefeller Habits in your business.