business is a team sport!
If you want something done right, you need to do it yourself. Right? WRONG. Very wrong.
Trust me, I learned this lesson the hard way and it put a cap on my business scalability (and hence income) for a long time.
You need to understand that business is a team sport. And like any team sport you need different skills within the team. Here are the three roles you need to make your business to succeed.
The first is the Entrepreneur. They’re the ideas person or visionary. They’ll see a problem or gap in the market and think, Hey, I can solve that problem for a profit. I can bring value to the market, and so they do.
Entrepreneurs aren’t afraid to take risks. They drive the vision and the ideas. They inspire people, they create products, and love creating the future. They’re absolutely critical.
This is likely who you are and it’s certainly who I am. So it’s likely you have the entrepreneur role in your business well covered.
The next role you need is the Specialist. They take the entrepreneur’s vision and help make it a reality. They could be an engineer, or a venture capitalist, or a web developer, or anything else with a unique skill. They essentially take your idea and help make it a reality. Sometimes the entrepreneur and the specialist can be the same person.
The last role you need to create a successful business is the Manager. They make sure that work gets delivered and that the vision is on track. They ensure that staff are doing what they should be doing and that customers are being taken care of.
This is the stuff that entrepreneurs typically hate and get bored with quickly (and hence don’t do) and then the wheels start to fall off.
Do you enjoy creating and following checklists, handling HR, dealing with support issues?
I didn’t think so…
But guess what, manager types love this kind of work.
If you don’t have this role in your business, it’s going to put a very firm lid on your scalability.
Conversely, a good operations manager will change your life.
Your manager allows you to become the rock star who shows up on stage to do the show. You get all the applause and then leave the crowd cheering.
However, it’s your manager who is there with the whole crew before the show setting up and after the show packing everything up.
Managers are a crucial element in your people strategy.
If you want rapid business growth I’d recommend auditing your business and ensuring all these three roles are well covered: the entrepreneur, the specialist, and the manager.
In the words of the late, great Jim Rohn, “Getting the right people in your business to work together is a lot like herding cats. But when you get them to all work together, it’s magic!”
I couldn’t agree more.