Holding a Job v. Growing a Company

Hey, are you holding a job, or growing a company? There’s no judgement here either way. I’m just curious.

The people that devote time, energy, and financial resources to a new business, start it for different reasons. Some have lost their jobs. Others have an idea they want to bring to life, or the desire to be their own bosses.

I’ve worked with people who have started their businesses for each of those reasons. Please understand me, there is nothing wrong with starting a business to give yourself a job. Totally fine. It is also equally valuable to start a business to build a company and generate wealth. Also, totally fine.

My question to you is, which is it?

The intention makes a difference to every decision that you make. It matters to every person you hire, and impacts the systems that you put into place.

Here is why I bring this to your attention. I just had a session today with a business owner who is growing a valuable enterprise. This person has had their business for 10+ years. Every 2 weeks we get together to identify thoughts, feelings and behaviors that reflect managerial thinking versus those that reflect the CEO mindset the owner is working towards.

Today was awesome! The business owner hit an all-time best score of 1-6. The CEO mindset came out on top with a 6. This person is slowly shifting to become the leader of this company, a true CEO.

This is not a unique challenge for many business owners. It is so easy to do what’s comfortable – same old way, with the owner down in the trenches. This type of owner has created a job for themselves and maybe a few others. This owner doesn’t invest in their development. Mindset, self-awareness and resilience are ignored. Shortages of time, money, and energy, land this owner in scarcity territory.

My client has made tremendous gains. Here is what this person had to say about our work together, “Wendy has been of immeasurable help…She has guided me through emotions and practical business steps…I only wish I had started sooner.”

For another coach’s perspective on this, take a look at Ken David’s article entitled, “How To Think and Act Like a CEO, Not an Employee”. Think about it, and if you’ve decided to make the shift yourself, let’s schedule a Chemistry call. I’d love to be a part of the change you bring to the world.

Wendy Dickinson

About the Author

Wendy Dickinson is the founder of Ascend Coaching Solutions LLC, a coaching firm that specializes in working with business owners and executives who plan to expand their leadership capacity as their business grows.

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