Why Find Your Operational Soul Mate?
Interview with Jeanine Sciacca and Clare Williamson
The meaningful Monday Show with Jeanine Sciacca and Clare Williamson is about self-empowerment and raising people’s awareness to live their best life. It’s an entertaining programme with talk and fun songs, all designed to make you feel good. Many people have issues but they don’t necessarily talk about them. The Meaningful Monday Show motivates them to take charge of their life. It’s like having a life coach or mentor on the radio. It’s to spread hope and good news when discussing any issue. Join us for The Meaningful Monday Show.
JEANINE: Hello and welcome to The Meaningful Monday Show. It’s so wonderful to be here today, and we were all sitting here very excited because there are actually three of us in the studio. First time we’ve had a guest in the studio in Manse. So hello Clare, and welcome.
CLARE: Hello, Jeanine.
JEANINE: And hello to our wonderful guest Greg. Greg has a nice voice and almost thought we had Barry White in the studio. And then I remember if we run out of music today, could we ask you to sing a Barry White song?
GREG: I can do that too. I can also do the love song dedications very, very late at night.
JEANINE: Well, the reason we have Greg on The Meaningful Monday Show today is because Greg authored a couple of books, which he’ll tell you about shortly. But the one we are looking at today, we’ve titled the show, why find your operational soulmate? So this is a bad business. And why do we even need an operational soulmate? So the book’s title that Greg wrote is finding your way to make things happen, leader. So Greg, just tell us a little bit about yourself. First, you’ve written three books, why are you writing these books? Where do you come from? And how did you get there kind of thing?
GREG: Oh, these are meaning of life questions. Really? Thanks, Jeanine. Thanks, Clare. I’m really excited to be here as well, because I know how special it is to be in person rather than through a Zoom. I think it’s absolutely fantastic. So it’s great. A little bit about I, I have spent almost all my career in the human resources area. And some time ago, I had a recruitment business before I formed my other business, which is also still operating. That’s called Career 365, it looks at transitioning of employees. And being a many time entrepreneur, I’ve had some businesses that have been very successful, and other ones that haven’t been overly successful. The ones that were successful, were ones where I partnered myself literally with somebody who could complement my own skills. And initially, I thought something was wrong with me, whenever things just wouldn’t scale or wouldn’t grow, I thought I was deficient in my own personality. Maybe I am, cancel, cancel. And so what I ended up actually doing was coming to the realisation through self awareness that I was programmed like many entrepreneurs, and what made me interested in writing this particular book was to really help entrepreneurs find their other half that they require in order to be able to scale. There’s nothing wrong with them, it just happens to be that they can do better with a balance that’s not there in their in their skill set.
JEANINE: So I read your book, and I loved reading it. By the way, I related to so many things just tell us when you say we need a balance, and that other half tell us about the typical entrepreneur like they are really designed to do these couple of things just show that we get the picture for people who maybe I’m not an entrepreneur need to understand.
GREG: What typically most entrepreneurs have a certain personality style. And I’m going to draw on rocket fuel, which was written by two authors, one called Gina Whitman, and the other one called Mark Winters. And if anybody’s heard of the Entrepreneurial Operating System, these were the two people who more or less founded it. I had an epiphany when I read this, because the typical profiles that people have, that are an entrepreneurial personality set, are that they are the founder. They have lots of ideas. They’re really good at idea creation and growth, their ideas, they’re strategic thinkers. They see the big picture. They have a pulse on the industry in the target market. They love the idea of research and development of new products and services. They manage big external relationships such as customers or vendors or industries. They get involved with customers and employees wherever it’s possible. They inspire people, they’re creative, they create the company vision, they sell and close big deals, they connect the dots. And on occasion, this is a key point, they do the work and they provide the service and then make the product that’s on occasion. And I found the same thing that I had so many ideas, but often I just get bored. Getting them actually done. I’d have the ideas, love the ideas. And then when I hand that across to somebody else, and if I didn’t then what would happen is it just never get done. So it was the situation where I found myself, like many other people were like that. And the bat balancing person is that operational person, that person who loves the idea of getting into the finer detail.
JEANINE: and likes to get things done? Yes.
CLARE: And surely it’s the case, Greg, that you just cannot be good at everything.
GREG: Well, Jeanine would probably say that’s impossible. It’s very limited thing. I agree with Clare, right.
XXX: Yes, but in terms of skills, there are some things that are natural. So I remember reading recently, the John Maxwell book, we’ve actually done a similar journey all together. And, and he talks about four things that he’s particularly good at, and then finding out the others. And it’s the same thing really with this, if you recognise the essence of everything to do with life is among other things, but the essence is self awareness. And if you’re really aware about what those things that you’re really good at, and if you’re an entrepreneurial, typical type, then what you’re going to have is those personality traits that that I read out earlier. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It just means that that’s the way you’re wired like me, and like many other entrepreneurs, we need other people who can balance that out to get things done.