52 Books - Book 25
A classic book for start up business owners to read is Michael Gerber's first book The E-Myth and his adaption of that book, The E-Myth Revisited. Gerber uncovers a pattern. We entrepreneurs often create a job for ourselves rather than a business that grows beyond our ability to do all the work ourselves.
Here are a few nuggets of wisdom that I pulled from the book that align with the leadership process as it applies to a business start up.
With no clear picture of how you wish your life to be, how on earth are you going to live it? What is your Primary Aim? Where is the script to make your dreams come true? What is the first step to take and how do you measure your progress? How far have you gone and how close are you to getting to your goals?
Delegating your accountabilities is abdication.
Contrary to popular belief, my experience has shown me that the people who are exceptionally good in business aren't so because of what they know but because of their insatiable need to know more.
I sorted these quotes out in a way that aligns with the leadership process: See, Start, Stretch.
The first quote reminds us that in order to lead ourselves and eventually others, we need to get clear on what is possible, to dream and envision what our business could become.
The second quote about abdication is a reminder to start taking meaningful and thoughtful action. Gerber explains that often a new business owner will be so tired from doing all the work and making all the decisions he or she will find an employee to hire. The owner starts to trust this employee to make decisions. Instead, when we start taking action as an entrepreneur, we need to stay connected to the decisions that are made. In the early stages of our business, those decisions will set up systems to ensure your own level of accountability for decisions are made as the business grows.
The third quote reminds us that we never stop learning and adapting to the realities of the systems that are set up. We can observe how our business responds in the marketplace. Reflecting back to what we learned about mindsight. It is our uniquely human capacity to examine closely, in detail and in depth, the processes by which we think, feel, and behave. This ability to reshape and redirect our inner experiences is what allows us the freedom we seek as an entrepreneur. It is focused mental work, rather than the hard physical work, that is needed to run a successful business.
If you find yourself in the trap of working hard physically in your business, take time each day, even if it for a few minutes and read this book. You will not regret that decision.
Every week during 2014 I look forward to sharing books that I am reading. The lens of the leadership process will be the filter for which I recommend books. Books are powerful vehicles for providing us with inspiration and new ideas.