Most business owners I’ve come across approach their business from the bottom up… “Where’s the problem in my business and how am I going to fix it?”
This is great, sometimes.
Recently I was running a session in my Board of Directors course when it became very clear that the conversation was being approached from the wrong direction, and while people were really engaged in the detailed conversation we couldn’t create a strategy from the bottom up.
We shifted the conversation to simply ask:
- What are we aiming for?
- Is the current market big enough to achieve this?
- What is the best strategy to achieve it?
Within half an hour we’d sketch out a strategy that could never have been created from the bottom up.
There’s a place for both types of thinking, but bottom up only works after some effective top down.
I’m in my office at the moment. This morning I’ve planned next week, had multiple meetings and worked on some strategic moves for my business.
I used to be all about winning at everything I was involved with.
Many ‘entrepreneurs’ I meet just want to be the ‘big ideas’ person. They’re not interested in the little stuff.
In life people always talk about getting ‘ahead of the curve.’
Something had to get out of the way for everything good that is in your life.
We worry about things that might not work out.
We are all a combination of our experiences of the past.
We don’t need to detach from our painful past.
The you today is different from the you a year ago.
Sometimes leadership is about creating a vision and bringing people along.