I thought I was doing pretty good. I’ve had a solid team of professional support dating back over 6 years. My support team is often the envy of other solo entrepreneurs. And so it came as a surprise when I realized that I wasn’t already doing all that I could to make use of that team!
You see, all those 6 years, I’ve been managing the team. As the team has grown from three to over six various professionals assisting me with customer support, web design, server management, newsletter editing and much more, my job managing them kept getting bigger and bigger, taking up more and more of my time. And I started getting less and less strategic work done.
And so, I hired a coach to help me transform my team. At least that’s what I thought I was doing! But as I now understand, the real transformation had to happen in ME. I needed to trust my team, to let go of control over every aspect of the business, to let them work without looking over their shoulder.
The other part of the transformation was even more of a surprise. Now that I have this autonomous team, what do I do now? I’m still figuring that out. And I’m sure there will be more lessons and transformations as the business continues to grow.
This didn’t happen overnight; I now understand that there are stages or phases to having a team, growing a business, and really being a Solo CEO. I share my story as I hope it will give you some insight into where you are in your stage of business/team evolvement. I’d love if you shared your experiences in the comments below!
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