I was talking to the COO of a business a few weeks ago. As we talked, I could sense her frustration about not being able to really build the company to the very profitable business she knew it could be. You know what the problem is? The problem is that the company's owners aren't willing and probably don't have the ability to share their strong vision for the business with the staff they've hired over the years or even with the COO they hired to help them take their business really big.
Anyone can have a great business idea, and anyone can start a business. But few people can easily step up to being the visionary leader for that business. To do that well, we need a different skill set entirely.
If you own a business, you are a leader and a visionary. Plain and simple, you have to step up to leading your customers, support staff, contract workers, employees, family, and the community around you to seeing and buying in to the vision you have in your heart that caused you to start your business to begin with.
Sensitive topic, right?? As a small business owner you may have spent a lot of time and money going to events, getting advice from Mastermind groups, and asking more experienced business owners how they would go about doing something. All this is supposed to be great for your business. And it can be – except that we have a tendency to get too lost in it, and stop listening to our own inner voice, seeing with our own visionary eyes.
When has anyone said “forget about business strategies and business tactics, you have to become a visionary leader?” It is is rarely talked about but completely critical for success. It’s the answer to your feeling overwhelmed, overworked, understaffed, and underappreciated as the person where the buck stops. It’s also the antidote to your own perfectionism, to staff complaining that you don't trust them or constantly correct them, and to your reluctance to delegate.
When you're used to asking more than you listen to your own visionary voice, you start to distrust what you hear or see for yourself. You start to second-guess, and ask for others to validate what you are seeing. It takes a little work to get the blindfold off your eyes. Since I was very small I've seen visions for myself and others. I'm experienced enough as a visionary now to know that it is pretty easy to stop seeing and stop listening – especially when you are new at it, or tired, or not in the habit of asking your own self for advice.
I'm inviting you to a (free) virtual class (teleclass) where I'll talk about how to become more visionary for yourself and your business. You'll find out about:
- How to practice visionary skills
- The things that happen in a business where the owner isn't visionary
- Why working on your business for hours on end to someone else's vision doesn't work in the end.
- The signs you've not stepped up to being a visionary business leader.
- The signs of perfectionism that paralyze people and pickle your profits.
Here's the sign up link for this free call. Come join in the discussion, and get a start on “seeing” for yourself.