“No-one on their death bed ever wished they had spent more time at the office / in the business.”
This is a fairly well known quote by the late Stephen Covey, author of “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People” and many other great personal development books. If you have never read this book, we highly recommend that you do. If you have, but not read it for a while, we suggest you review it again.
Covey’s quote is so true and yet why is it that many business owners get so caught up in the day to day running of their business that they sacrifice other very important areas of life, such as health and wellbeing, family and home, social and cultural, personal development and learning, spiritual and ethical, financial security, community and so on and so on.
Often it is because the business owner is operating in survival mode. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, we will always address ‘survival needs’ before the others. For example, if the room you are sitting in now suddenly caught fire, you would loose all interest in this article and hightail it out of there!
In Business Owners Board we work with business owners to help them separate themselves from their business so that they can have a life and a sale-able business. A business should be a vehicle to create the lifestyle the business owner wants and deserves, and an asset that they can sell. Work to line don’t live for work.
So how can a business owner shift from survival?
Join Business Owners Board and get both group mentoring and individual coaching. Implement great systems in all areas of the business: operations, finance, sales and marketing, governance, selection and recruitment, training etc. Then train other people to follow the systems. As Ray Kroc (of McDonald’s fame) is alleged to have said “If you have intelligent systems, you don’t need intelligent people.”
It makes recruitment easier and the team get up to speed much quicker. With great systems you Save Your Self Time Energy Money and Stress. All very well worth having.
You can get a copy of “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People” delivered to Australia for free at Book Depository
If you are a business owner and want to know more about the Business Owner Board process, you can apply to attend one of our bob group meetings free of charge.