If You Want To Grow, Delegate
As the founder of a business, you have most probably spent years carefully cultivating it from the first kernel of an idea all the way to the point where you are now.
If you’re anything like most business owners, your business isn’t just a job, it is so much deeper than that. So much so that you know every single aspect of your work, and you know exactly how you want things to be done.
However, you may have found that you have grown to the level at which you can’t do everything personally. This is very common, and the business probably has tended to be at a plateau.
If the business is to grow further, you are not going to be able to have full oversight, and a whole number of systems are going to have to implemented.
That can be a daunting. You might be concerned about whether your own high standards can be delivered by new staff. Or maybe you’ve got a good team and have tried briefing them on a project, but by the time you’ve called a meeting and explained the objectives you feel like it would have been quicker to have just done it for the client yourself.
You’re not alone.
Hiring A New Account Manager Is Not A Growth Strategy
Many founder-owners like to have personal relationships with each of their clients. Some of those relationships will have been nurtured over many years and may have been the bedrock of sales when you started the business.
But as your business expands you will find yourself stretched further and further, giving up personal time to make sure each client gets the top draw treatment and your staff are not called upon to work out of hours.
That’s unsustainable to your business, and personally to your own and your family’s wellbeing.
Often people assume that the solution is simply to hand off some accounts to their account managers, but that strategy is plagued with pitfalls.
Your clients may not initlallly like this. They are used to dealing with you, aka the ‘big boss’. I’ve witnessed those raised eyebrows when a new account manager is introduced – the unspoken message is always clear: ‘We don’t want a new person. Our relationship is with you.’ Clearly this transition from you to an account manager has to be well managed.
It can also be a problematic strategy from your side of the fence. If your account manager or managers are relatively inexperienced you may find yourself struggling to juggle the demands of clients with the need to train your staff – and then we’re back to the original thought of ‘It would have been quicker to do it myself.’
‘Delegation’ Is More Than Handing Off Tasks
Growing your business’s capacity won’t be achieved with one quick fix solution.
Your business is as individual as you are, and so there are multiple answers to this problem. Knowing which ones to use requires taking a step back and asking a few questions.
Some questions might be:
- What account management systems do you have in place?
- How are these structured within your business?
- How are KPIs set?
- What metrics are being recorded to ensure they are achieved?
- If you have to be client facing as the owner, how are you delegating the work upon your return to the office?
- Knowing the best answers to these questions can be very difficult if you’re in the thick of it, especially if you’re used to handling your process yourself. For this reason, there are two fundamental questions that must be addressed:
- Do you have someone in your organisation asking these questions of the business?
- Do you have someone who can answer these questions inside the business and who can operationally adjust the flow of work to answer them?
As an entrepreneur who has grown a successful business, you are clearly great at what you do. Your talent lies in working alongside clients to deliver value, and in bringing in new business.
Your time, then, will be wasted if you hide yourself away to work on KPIs, systems and training.
What you need is a person alongside you who can trust with the crucial task of integrating your business’s operations, giving you the time and space to get on with the equally crucial task of delivering excellent value for your clients.
What you need is a business soulmate.
How We Can Help
At Soulidify, our mission is to find you the perfect operational other half for your business. That person is more than just a new staff member; they are your second-in-command, and their job is to translate your vision into reality, making sure all the processes and programs are in place to allow you to grow your business without becoming overstretched.
From putting in place integrated systems, to training up new staff, to managing KPIs, they are your one-stop delegation shop, allowing you to rest easy knowing that your business is expanding sustainably without you having to have oversight of every little detail.
At Soulidify, we are a recruitment agency that specialises in Operations Manager recruitment and General Manager recruitment. It’s our mission to find a visionary’s perfect Operational other half match, so any business can experience disciplined scaling and growth. It can truly be magic.
Call us today for a free consultation.