We all start out in business with great dreams of what we’ll create. Along the way, we find out that it’s a lot more challenging than we thought, particularly if we’re corporate escapees used to working hard, sure, and getting paid for it. In your own business you’re probably working twice as hard for a lower salary, particularly in the early years.
Here’s what I’ve discovered, and perhaps you have too. Running your own business is the most impactful personal development programme you’ll ever engage in. It’s messy, raw, uncertain and volatile in the tough times. We take a permanent address outside our comfort zone and go for it as best we can. The upside is that those tough times make the successes so much sweeter.
Regardless of how long we’ve been in business and how far we’ve progressed along our chosen business path, we will experience challenges so very different to those we confronted in the employed world. We may not be getting the outcomes we’d like to … yet.
None of us gets it right all the time. Things may fall between the cracks because we don’t have the right systems. We may leave money on the table because promoting our offering is not a natural capability. We may change direction, going after the shiny new object in our bid to become financially sustainable. We may have challenges with hiring and keeping the right staff, and inspiring them to go above and beyond. Branding may not be a strength, so we don’t put out a consistent message that builds our credibility in the marketplace.
Whatever the challenges you experience in the business, there is one common cause.
How you show up as the business owner and most influential leader in your business, will impact your outcomes. You see, Leadership impacts every measurable dimension of business. In the immortal words of Peter Drucker
“Only 3 things happen naturally in organisations: friction, confusion and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership.”
And great leadership starts with leading ourselves.
In my experience, this is the hardest leadership role of all! We need to control our panic if things go pear-shaped. We need to manage our emotions so we don’t impact the attitude and productivity of others who work with us. We need to handle difficult and resistant people at times, hopefully turning them around. We need to know where we’re going as a business and have a reasonable idea of how we’re going to get there. We need to focus on our strengths while handling aspects of ourselves that will derail us and the business. And we need to to inspire ourselves and others to perform at the top of their game.
How are you going as a leader?
Leadership is recognised as a critical success factor in any business. In short, leadership impacts every measurable dimension of business. Large organisations recognise this and invest around $6 billion per annum on identifying and developing leaders in their organisations. The trouble is, leadership is still not measuring up to expectations or even hopes! Why not? What’s missing?
I understand leadership. I am a leader myself and have worked to overcome the typical leadership challenges. Equally importantly, I’ve coached leaders from a variety of industries from manufacturing to accounting and legal professional services to higher education, natural resources and STEM disciplines. I can help you understand what you can do to get maximum shift in a relatively short space of time, as well as plan your longer-term development as a leader of influence.
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Suzanne helped us understand and eliminate the exploding frogs inside our organisation. Through training and facilitated processes to identify, articulate and live by our Purpose, Vision and Values, a cultural change programme and a business strategy programme for our department heads, Suzanne provided us with valuable tools that have improved our business practices and enhanced our bottom line.
Suzanne has been instrumental in introducing a higher level of leadership, sophistication and discipline into our business which directly contribute to our ongoing success. Her expertise and communication skills have made her a valuable resource for Dynapac Australia. I look forward to continuing our working relationship.
This was one of the most significant leadership development courses I have attended. It has brought into sharper focus previous learnings and added depth
Thank you, thank you, thank you for coaching me. I wouldn’t have had the courage – or even the thought really – to step up as a manager if it weren’t for you and the work we’ve done together. I’m now managing 3 teams. I realise I’m in new territory now – you’re the best compass around!
Suzanne presents with a heartfelt passion for Authenticity and engages with the audience very well on a topic of great interest to any crowd. Her delivery was a mix of humorous, professional and very authentic
Your presentation was, hands-down, one of the most consummate performances I have seen … ever! Purposeful, masterful, to the point, engaging and flexible. Thank you.
Of all the courses I have done over all the years, this has clearly been the most relevant and useful. Thank you very much for your insights. I have benefited greatly.
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your session. A thoroughly polished performance which I think would have resonated with many in the audience – even if some mightn’t like to admit it!
A liberating experience that has opened my eyes to what I want from my future, purpose and vision. This has given me the strength to keep going and persist to get what I deserve. Building EQ and ER to assist in dealing with issues that arise.