A visionary entrepreneur is the reason micro, as well as small to midsized businesses (SMBs), are born. Even the iconic mega-enterprises we are familiar with, today, all started off as a nascent idea inside a visionary founder’s brain.
Are you a visionary entrepreneur? Were you, in the past? What happened between back then and right now?
Remember your fire, passion and, of course, amazing ideas? Recall the first project you won on your own. Next, you ignited people not only to work for you, but also to invest in the future worth of your products and services.
As a result, your small idea with big implications was birthed into a business.
While 8 out of 10 SMBs fail in the first year, yours defies gravity and continues to grow and expand. Not only does your vision for the business continue to so greatly serve others. Also, your vision for the business inspires clients to share your light, so all the world can see.
Then, with growth and expansion come all of the process-, discipline- and leadership-bound issues which are part of being a successful, visionary entrepreneur.
Long ago, you realized you need more than just you to run your business effectively, productively and profitably. Somewhere along the way, you hired and partnered with the right folks who now sit in the right seats to launch your business trajectory.
Alternatively, are the folks who helped you initially establish, and then grow, your business now unable to scale to the skills required to expand your business?
As a visionary entrepreneur, you have a nagging sense that fresh insights and skillsets are required for the next phase of your entrepreneurial journey. Not only that. Also, you have a nagging sense that “there is something more for me to do.”
That question keeps you up at night. Because the day-to-day operation of your business is not what you were made to do. Your visionary leadership and creative juices stagnate as you are far too involved in running the business.
It’s time, isn’t it?
You know you cannot move forward until you determine what is holding you back. Perhaps you hold yourself back, for a variety of reasons.
Why not create a business model which permits your business run itself, while you pursue the next chapter of being a visionary entrepreneur?
Otherwise, you continue to feel guilty that you are letting your employees down by wanting to pursue the types of dreams that birthed your business in the first place. It just could be that your employees are more than willing, have the desire and possess the capacity to grow into the new roles they will assume.
Wouldn’t you like to find out?
Often, reigniting visionary entrepreneur mojo involves letting go of what you are good at and, once again, sailing out into uncertain horizons towards new beginnings. You already have done this more than once. Now you are overdue. Sail off. Let your visionary entrepreneurial voice be heard.
What are you waiting for? A little professional innovation goes a long way towards business growth, expansion and sustainability.
Next steps towards professional innovation:
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Babette Ten Haken serves organizations as a corporate catalyst and innovative speaker, strategist, coach and storyteller. Babette’s One Millimeter Mindset™ Workshops and Speaking programs leverage collaboration to catalyze professional innovation, workforce engagement and customer retention, especially in challenging Industrial Internet of Things environments. Babette’s playbook of IIoT team collaboration hacks, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon. She is a member of SME, ASQ, SHRM and the National Speakers Association.
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