About two years ago, I realised that one of the things I missed about the corporate world (and there are actually quite a few!) was getting together around a boardroom table, discussing how each of our departments had performed in the month. We would include positives and negatives, and as a team, discuss how we might be able to help one another with issues we had come up against.
It was a time when I began to realise that one of my biggest strengths was being able to see simple solutions, utilising existing structures where possible. Being able to collaborate with others – helping others see how instead of butting heads, we could pool resources and create win/win outcomes.
I put the concept to a few colleagues I was already collaborating with, and we decided to run with it for at least 6 months, see what sort of format we could work with, and whether it would be beneficial within the world of small business. I drew up a basic plan for us to work with.
Our Leadership and Accountability group has now been running for almost two years, with no sign of slowing enthusiasm! We actually now have at least one business retreat a year as well, to ensure we take a few days out to work on our biggest business challenges. Every one of those businesses has grown considerably in that time, and I’m delighted to have seen us all benefit from the process.
For some, particularly if you are the only person in your business (whether a sole trader, or just a one-person entity), it can seem strange to consider yourself a Leader. Who exactly are you supposed to be be ‘leading’?
The answer is ‘everyone you interact with’, in one way or another. You need to be able to lead your business – and that includes any contractors, suppliers and even your customers. You need to bring them on the journey with you, and show that your business vision is worth them coming along with you.
We now have embedded this same concept within the Memberships at Central Business Associates, where you can choose to join a Leadership group and work through your challenges with other small businesses or sole traders. These groups have a real mix of people, with different-sized businesses, within various industries, but often some of the challenges will be similar, and someone around the table can offer some insight – even if it’s ‘what not to do’. Brainstorming these issues can bring so many different strengths out in the participants, and can lead to innovative and successful solutions.
Click here to look at our Membership options, and contact us if you’d be interested in joining the next round of Leadership & Accountability sessions.