With growth comes complexity and differing opinions as to the best way to profitably grow the business.
As the leader, this can leave you feeling overwhelmed.
You need to grow, you’re trying to get your own projects completed and still be available for employees. And we haven’t even begun to talk about trying to balance the demands of the business with your personal life.
The pace is non-stop and it’s physically and emotionally exhausting.
I’ve had CEOs tell me, “I’m completely tapped out. I just can’t possibly do any more than I’m already doing. It’s physically not possible.”
The problem is, as CEOs, we tend have knee jerk reactions when we’re feeling overwhelmed or out of control.
When we feel like things aren’t getting done to our satisfaction, we want to step in and take charge. We do this because it gives us a sense of comfort and control and because it works – for a while.
But taking the long view, this approach ultimately stifles growth and profitability because you’ll only be able to grow your business to the point where you are personally able to manage all of the details yourself.
The result is a frustrating stall.
Business owners who complain about being pulled in too many different directions are typically operating in reactive mode and are dealing with one or more of the following issues:
- They don’t have a clear vision and/or a plan for profitable growth.
- They’re not being intentional with how they’re managing their time.
- They have trust issues and find it difficult to delegate.
- They’re too involved in the day-to-day, functional activities of the business.
- They don’t have a system to keep people on track and focused on what’s important.
- They find it difficult to hold people accountable.
- There’s conflict or disagreement as to the best way to grow the business.
If any of this hits home with you, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Lots of CEOs struggle with these issues as they scale up their businesses.
The solution is a clear vision, a team you can depend on and a plan and structure to bring it all together. When that happens, you’ll be back in control of your time without needing to be in control of everything going on around you.
You’ll get to the next level of growth much faster when you work with someone who’s been there.