As a business advisor, I get the opportunity to work with many different organizations. They range from the small family owned to the larger public owned and from professional services through to manufacturing.
In all of the engagements I have enjoyed, I have found that the biggest stumbling block is taking that first step to get help.
Most business owners and leaders have a difficult time getting to the point that they admit they need help with a particular area of the business. This applies particularly to the less tangible areas, such as HR, strategy and planning. Having said that every one of them has realized the need to pay attention to these areas.
Business moves at an incredible rate these days. There was a time when things like HR could be put on the back burner and left for another day. That is simply not the case any longer. This is as a result of a number of factors including a strong legislative focus with hefty penalties and a broader general knowledge of that legislation. In other words there is an expectation of a certain level of care today that cannot be set aside.
I recommend to my clients that they ask themselves this question, “Where should I be spending my time? “ almost every time the answer is on growing, operating or promoting the business.
This is a clear demonstration that they understand what they need to be doing. The next question is “ is that what you are doing now?” the answer is generally, “not as much as I should.”
The “why” is simple, there are a myriad of other requirements that take you away from the activities that you should be doing. These are not things you can just drop, they are required to keep the business going. The smart move is to find a way to reduce the time you are spending on those activities and focus more on the things you need to be doing. This is what grows the business.