Addressing Your Weaknesses Is A Strength
Written by: Greg Weiss
Entrepreneurs, this cannot be said often enough: Understanding, recognising and addressing your weaknesses is a strength in its own right.
As a rule, entrepreneurs are amazing, capable people. They are visionaries, problem solvers, fixers, movers, and shakers. To take a business from idea to reality requires a broad range of skills and the ability to problem solve in many capacities, not to mention resilience and a lot of hard work.
Consequently, when they come up against something that’s not in their natural skill set, well, it often leaves them feeling inadequate, or even like a failure.
It is utterly crucial as you grow your business that you understand that any lack in skills or motivation is absolutely normal, and you are not, in any way, in need of fixing.
The solution was pretty simple. We sat down together and made a comprehensive list of his roles and responsibilities. Then we drew a circle around all those he loved doing and was good at. The remainder became the basis for our search for an operational deputy.
Don’t DIY Your Operational Hire
At this point, you might be thinking ‘Hey, I can do that today!’ While it’s certainly true that you can make a list of your strengths and weaknesses, hiring someone who fits the bill is not as straightforward as placing an ad on a job board and hoping for the best.
I mean, sure, you could do that, but the chances of finding the person with exactly the right skill set to compliment yours and who’s a great cultural fit is slim, to say the least. The right operational manager won’t just be taking care of processes.
It should be someone who understands and shares your values and vision for the business, can see how all of the components that make the business tick integrate, and has the ability to put that level of integration into practice – while ensuring accountability and measurable results.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Greg authored 3 practical Career Books, and 1 Book helping Visionary leaders scale their businesses. He is one of Australia’s most experienced HR consultants and leading career coaches. He is the founder and owner of Soulidify and Career365. As an entrepreneur/business owner, Greg has experienced first-hand the joys and frustrations of starting and growing one’s own business.