Is Your Guidance Team in Place to Support You?
Small Business Owners first laugh when I say, “If you want to grow, make sure you have a good guidance team.” Then as they listen a little more, they begin asking questions.
This simple strategy to support your sanity and business’s success involves one power move; however, you must initiate it. You must ask the person you’d like to guide you to guide you.
Your Guidance Team is essential to YOUR Business’s Success
Developing a team for guidance is very similar to a CEO of a Fortune 500 Business having a Board of Directors and/or an Executive Team.
This is a group of people, who may or may not have ever met one another, to guide you. They guide you on what to consider for making appropriate decisions, as well as which actions would benefit YOUR Business best and why.
TIPS: The key with any guidance is to make sure the person you’re listening to (1) holds wisdom, and (2) is vested in your success. Avoid opinions. Focus on tenure.
You need to have this role filled with the best talent possible you can attract to help you. As YOUR Business evolves, your needs evolve, and your network will evolve. It is acceptable to change out guides to fill the growth needs you and your business wish to address. This is most important when in uncharted territory.
John C. Maxwell addresses this by stating, “One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.”
A Guidance Team is 1 of the 5 Roles You must Cultivate
We started this blogpost series to ensure you are aware of the players you need to effectively support YOUR Business. Let’s see if we can help you gain clarity as to the 5 types of people you need to have ongoing relationships with to grow your business.
The 5 Roles all Small Business Owners must Cultivate
- Team: Either in-house or external (outsourced) or a combination of the two
- Customer: Actual paying customers or potential customers (prospects)
- Guidance Team: Mentors/Advisors/Coaches
- Networking Hubs: These are people of influence who connect you to the right folks
- Business Allies: Other folks who can help you expand your business (Joint Venture Partners, etc.)
~The above is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Brilliant Breakthroughs for the Small Business Owner (Vol. 1).
NOTE: Networking Hubs and Business Allies are the next two posts.
YOUR Guidance Team Development
Create a team for your current and upcoming needs. This involves self-assessment. As a Small Business Owner, your job is to review what your needs are and then find someone to assist you. The key is that they have a broader and deeper wisdom on the topic than you.
Another way to consider this is you are minding the gap of your specific needs. This is what this series is about – adding the right people to your mix to assure the greatest outcome.
When developing YOUR Guidance Team, it’s important for you to realize some of your team will ebb and flow and some of your team may support you for a longer duration.
I encourage all of my clients to broaden their Guidance Team. I know this is one of the reasons why they become confidently successful.
For some clients, I’m on their ebb and flow team. For others, I’m their steady and we work with what my client’s overarching goals and how to infuse what will serve them best from what their other guides are sharing. (This way, they aren’t bouncing back and forth with only “try this”. There’s an ongoing constant and steady plan while new aspects are experimented with to assure the proper gains.)
Find at least one person to be your steady along your journey of successfully building a small business. Additionally, find Subject Matter Experts to be part of your ebb and flow guidance team. This balance works well for most SBOs.
REMEMBER: Your ebb and flow guidance team members are your transient team members. Why? They tend to be more myopic. Find the balance for YOUR Business’s Success.
Quotes about the value guidance provides:
“Colleagues are a wonderful thing – but mentors, that’s where the real work gets done.”
— Junot Diaz
“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”
— Bob Proctor
“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life.
I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.”
— Denzel Washington
“Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Which area of your business needs a guide right now? Is it a specific subject or and overall guide to help you steer your ship? What can you do right now to secure a relationship that will benefit your business? Feel free to share your plans here in the comment section.
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