Entrepreneurs are a cool lot aren’t they?   They are innovators.  They make things happen.  They create change.  The world would stagnate and die without entrepreneurs.  Without them we would still be living in caves and hunting our own food.  We wouldn’t have invented electricity, the internet, cars, IT, phones, mobiles, tumble dryers, freezers, SKY TV and all the other myriad of things that make our lives easier and that we take for granted.

If you are reading this you are most likely an entrepreneur or you work for one. 

If you are an entrepreneur, do you ever find yourself frustrated at why your staff don’t seem to be able to do what you can do – or what you expect them to do?  Or are you resigned to the fact that they may never be able to and so you just get on with it? 

Entrepreneurs generally do not make the best managers of people.   Now, before you get all offended – entrepreneurs are great leaders, people want to follow them, people are inspired by them, people look up to them, and if your staff are anything like mine – they let them off being less than perfect managers because of their other qualities.

But it takes work for an Entrepreneur to be a great man manager because the qualities required for that are often opposite to those needed to be a great entrepreneur.

Managers need to have good organisational ability.  They must look at and manage the detail – “if it can’t be measured it can’t be managed” is a truism in man management.  But you see Entrepreneurs just don’t get excited about the detail.  Managers need to communicate well with their team – they need to ask the right questions and listen to the answers, they also need to listen to the questions their team ask them and decide the best way to phrase the answers – with a mind to how the information  might be received. 

Entrepreneurs don’t have the mental time for that and just tend to tell it how it is – when they remember to tell people at all that is.

So – I guess today’s message is – if you are an entrepreneur – and your business is big enough to afford it – hire a manager.  Stick to doing what you are good at – creating stuff, strategic thinking, inventing, holding and communicating the vision of the Company, inspiring people with your endless energy, your passion, your dreams, your plans. 

At beResources we have a variety of tools which help us to identify your true calling, your path of least resistance, and that of your management team.  You know that feeling you get when you do that thing that YOU do brilliantly.  Whatever that is – that is your path of least resistance.  You need to be doing that all the time, because a. it will make you happy and b. it will make you money. 

Email me on carole@beresources.co.uk if you want to know more – or ring me if you have my mobile. 

Till soon

Carole Fossey