Grow Your Business/Grow Your Community
I love the big idea. I love analyzing companies to see what makes them tick. You can tell a lot about a company by a simple drive-by. Location choice is very informative. They may be located in a cluster of like businesses. They may have made that choice because they are in an industry that benefits from clusters or they may be there because of local zoning rules. General area demographics and transportation patterns say a lot about both overhead costs and access to markets and suppliers. This is my passion. I’d do this for fun. I do do this for fun. Take a road trip with me someday. I love to take the long way through the industrial park and do snapshot analyses of companies that I might never do business with.
It makes sense to take my skills, my training and my passion and form my own business. And then comes the day to day. Now I have to get out there and start telling my story – over and over and over again, and pretty soon OMG I’m starting to bore me. I am not a detail person. So, what can I do as a sole proprietor to improve my implementation? Remember, ideas are easy it’s implementation that’s hard.
Another thing that helps me to focus on both results and my personal strengths is to build the right collaborations. One of my partners Sue Gleason, uses Myers-Briggs® analysis and other tools to help companies form teams that use the strengths of differing personality types. A break-down Kiersey Sorter personality types is the following, which is provided by Dr. David M. Kiersey:
I am a rational and need to surround myself with collaborators who have the characteristics that I don’t have. That way I can concentrate on building on my strengths and let my collaborative partners bring their strengths to the table.
I have also been using some of the time management tips available at The 99 Percent, to break my tasks into small parts and stick with them. It is hard not to be distracted by the shiny and to accept small changes as a way to the big changes I see ahead.
What strategies do you use to keep yourself from being distracted and moving to your goal?