One of the tough things about being an entrepreneur and owning a business is you always have to be “on.” You’re the one who motivates your team and keeps them moving to grow the business. But at some point, you have to ask yourself … who is there to motivate me?
And so, I find myself at the ActionCoach 2018 Business Excellence Forum in sunny San Diego with my business coach, Mary Ann.
Here’s our view … the historic Hotel Del Coronado.
Selfie on the beach–look at that blue sky! Juust a little windy.
If you recall, I attended last year’s conference in Houston and won an award for Best Service Based Business Under 25 Employees (Click here to read all about it). I left that weekend feeling inspired and looking forward to putting into action all of the great things I learned.
But … this year is a little different. Why? Because I’m not necessarily looking to pick up useful tips for the daily operations of my business. Instead, since my team, led by my managers, Emily and Christina, are already doing that, I need to focus on giving up parts of my business to them. This time around, I will be learning how to bring about my most transformative identity shift … becoming the visionary for my business … and that’s it.
That means I’m going to have to stop teaching (at some point soon), which is something that I really like doing and is meaningful to me. The simple fact is, I have 20 teachers, so I really don’t need to be filling that role. I’m not even the best. Several of my teachers do a much better job than I do.
Why am I clinging to this role? Teaching is something that most of the owners in my franchise value and many of us are extremely proud that we are teachers. Teaching the Pure Barre technique and showing our clients how amazing class is defines us. It’s why we opened our studios in the first place. And in the beginning, it probably is important for an owner to be a teacher and set the standard for the experience in your business. But with most things, your role evolves and eventually you need to ask yourself, “Is teaching what’s best for moving my business forward and growing?” I think I’ve just answered that in the previous lines:
I have 20 teachers. I have 2 managers leading those teachers.
Time for me to focus on other things.