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How to Go From Working in Your Business to Working on Your Business

How can you go from working in your business to working on your business? 
Kadi Cole is here to explain.

We’re continuing our conversation today with Kadi Cole, the author of “Sticky Note Leadership,” about leadership. While you’re in the trenches in your business, it can be tough to find the time to properly lead your people and your business. We talked with Kadi a little bit about how you can remedy this.

According to Kadi, you either work in the business or on the business. Leadership is definitely an “on the business” topic. If you’re used to being the one who works in the business, working on the business is a completely different realm. There is much more focus on leadership. Those tasks that you are used to doing on your own will need to be delegated. Leadership is a very different skill set but an important one if you want to maximize the potential of your business. 

The transition is a process. If you’re completely in the business and want to get to working on the business instead, you’ll need to start building a team. When you’re working on your own, it’s hard to spend more than 10% to 20% of your time on the business. As your company grows or you grow in leadership, those percentages should flop. A CEO should be spending 80% to 90% of their time on the business and only 10% to 20% of their time in the business.

Kadi says that the best leaders have a really unique ability to keep an eye on the organization and the vision of what’s ahead. Great leaders spend a lot of time projecting what is to come and less time focusing on past mistakes. The real key is the development of your people. It’s those people who represent the company every day. It’s important to invest in them early because they are the ones that will truly help move your business forward.

These are some really great tips from Kadi. If you haven’t picked up a copy of her book yet, do it. It will change the way you lead your business. 

If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I would love to hear from you.

What Makes Someone a Leader?

What does it take to be a leader? Today I’m joined by a special guest, Kadi Cole, to talk about the subject of leadership.

What does it mean to be a great leader?

To help me answer this question, I’m joined by a special guest: Kadi Cole. Kadi wrote an amazing book called “Sticky Note Leadership” that deals with this subject exactly.

According to Kadi, all of us are leaders in our own way. The John Maxwell quote “Leadership is influence” really applies here

If you have influence over the team you work with, the business you run, your kids, or anything else, you are a leader. Kadi says it’s also important to remember that we all have 100% influence over ourselves. So, self-leadership acts as a great foundation for becoming a strong leader, in general.

Simply getting up in the morning and following through with your goals are good first steps toward self-leadership. When you can be a strong influence on yourself, you can be a positive influence for others.

This is an idea that comes into play in the realm of parenting, as well. And parenting and leading a business have a lot in common. The goal of any parent is to raise a self-sufficient and independent adult. This is the same goal leaders have for their businesses.

It may take a lot of hands-on leadership to achieve your goals for your business, especially when directing new employees, but your influence will ultimately lead the members of your team to be able to self-manage.

If you haven’t read Kadi’s book, I really recommend doing so.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, but Words Can Also Hurt You

Words can hurt. Here’s how you can make sure they won’t hurt you anymore.

When you were little, you probably heard the phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”

That’s a great idea and a good lesson for children to learn. However, I do think that what is said to you and about you matters. Why?

Whenever you hear something over and over again, negative or positive, it goes deep down into your subconscious and stays there.

If you have goals but you haven’t been able to achieve them, I challenge you to look at some of the negative messages that you’ve heard—or maybe even said—about yourself.

Then, create some powerful affirmations and write them in your journal. When you catch yourself saying “I can’t,” just know that you can, and you will.

What you listen to, what you hear, and who you surround yourself with matters, so pick wisely and find people to encourage and support you.

If you have any questions for me, I would love to talk to you more. Just give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.