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Deeper Weekend 2014

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For many entrepreneurial leaders, it feels odd asking for help, or relying on others. After all, entrepreneurs are people with passion and grit to do amazing things. But that passion and grit can get you only so far as your firm starts to scale larger. It often becomes surprising that the passion begins to drain out of the Founder of an entrepreneurial company that is growing larger.

 

At that point, the firm leaders/founders need help to continue to scale a company in a healthy way, and the job of the firm CEO becomes more tightly focused on leadership and vision. I can tell you from experience that to maintain a healthy focus on leadership and vision means the CEO/Founder must remain personally healthy. Things can fall apart quickly if the firm founder is being drained, not sleeping well, not eating well, or failing to exercise. Again, it’s hard for the entrepreneurial leaders themselves to request this help because they are the types of people that don’t typically seek help.

 

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I suck at sports.

In college, my roommate recruited me to be on an intramural softball team. During practice, I got hit in the face by a ground ball. That’s how bad I suck. A softball that was rolling on the ground, broke the laws of nature, jumped up, and hit me in the face … just to make sure that I understood that the Sport of Softball knows that I suck.

Before becoming a CPA I was a middle school math teacher. Every year, on the last day of school, the teachers would play against the eighth-grade basketball team. In the 70-year history of the school, the teachers never lost. Until I played. That was the first and only year I played, and that was the first and only year the teachers lost.¹ Read more

One of the best books I’ve seen that helps entrepreneurs get their vision down on paper is Gino Wickman’s book, Traction. That’s why I’ll be teaching some concepts from the book to scale and grow your firm at this year’s Deeper Weekend conference (watch this video to get a $250 early bird discount to the conference on Oct 25 to 27.)

 

In Traction, Wickman says “Entrepreneurs must get their vision out of their heads, and down onto paper.” This is one of the most enlightening concepts in business today. The concept of establishing a vision can be daunting at first because it has lived cluttered in the entrepreneur’s head for so long. It can be hard to write down, but extraction of a vision is necessary if you want to build an organization larger than yourself. According to Wickman, the first step in getting the entrepreneur’s vision down onto paper is to write out the Core Values of the business. But before we get to the steps of writing out your core values, let’s look at some principles supporting the importance of your core values.

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I was sharing with our Thriveal community recently about a practice my partner and I go through in running our companies. We take a full day each week to plan the strategy of growing our companies with purpose, and we base a lot of the rhythm of this weekly meeting on a great book by Gino Wickman called Traction. We’ve been doing this for a few months now, and it’s been incredible what we have been able to accomplish in small amounts of time. It has allowed us to exponentially move large strategies, take larger risks (in safer ways), and create huge amounts of processes in smaller amounts of time.

 

As I was sharing our full day of strategy work with the community, one member asked a really good question, “one full day? seems like overkill or has there been payoff?” As with many good questions, the answer is “it depends.”

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Leadership has been something I’ve been growing in for a couple of years now. I even spoke about it at our Deeper Weekend conference last year. During my talk, my perspective was that you are a leader if you are a firm owner. Period. You may be a poor leader or a great leader, but you are still the leader of your firm. It is a fact with the position you hold as the owner of the firm.

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Jason BlumerNo one is really talking about how hard it is to change your compensation structure in a Nontraditional firm. At least, I haven’t seen the articles anywhere. By way of definition, Nontraditional here means that you do not bill your time to the client, or you price all work up front, or you may offer services as a product, allowing your client to pay for their services on a monthly recurring draft or invoice.

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