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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.