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Think of your Company as a Person

Back when I was deeply immersed in “Corporate Land” I tried to hold the standard of: “What is best for the company?”  I truly felt that if something was good for the company overall then it was worth my time and effort.  Most of you reading this are in essence your own Company.  You are the company or the company is at least all yours.  So now this “What is best for the company?”  and “What is best for you?” can get a bit tangled.  Sometimes it’s even hard to tell where the boundary is, isn’t it?  When is it about you?  When is it about the company?  When is it about both?

Thinking of your company as a person can be a great exercise for a small business owner or sole proprietor.Thinking about that led me to the idea that it’s just like a romantic relationship:  Yours, mine and ours.  You are the decider for all three entities.  Yep, entities.  In a way they each have a voice and thus each need a say in what is going on.  That works in a relationship and it will work in your business, too.

Let’s agree with that metaphor for a moment and imagine that your company was actually a person.  What might happen if you started to think of your company as a person?  As a partner with you in your business?  How might that collaboration benefit both you and your company?

What would that person look like?  What would they be wearing?  What are their hopes and dreams?  Really envision your company as a person.  Give them a name, or a nickname based on the company’s name.  Start to give the company a voice so you can balance the conversation.  After all, if it is truly your company then whatever is good for it is at least worth giving serious consideration, yes?

Of course, what you really want is what’s best for both you and your company.  That’s the best result.  And just like in a relationship sometimes one side needs to give in or at least compromise.  How would that work between you and your company?

What’s currently going on in your business?  Which side seems to hold the power?  What would balance look and feel like?

Many of us sacrifice too much of ourselves for the company.  We pour time and energy there and get exhausted.  We forget to take care of ourselves and reinvigorate our enthusiasm for the work.

On the other side some people try to ignore the company side and just do the parts that seem engaging.  One of the things the company side really wants is all that crunchy numbers stuff and that fiddly administrivia… yawn!  And yet those thing turn out to be really helpful stuff in the long run.

See if this idea of actually anthropomorphizing your company into an entity gives you a new way to balance the scales.  Play with it.  Have meetings with your company.  Even go on retreats together.  It’s amazing what the two of you can do. Wow! Power couple on the rise!


Shell Tain, The Untangler

Having trouble envisioning the company as a person? Give me a call at 503-258-1630 or check out my website at www.sensiblecoaching.com

Distracted from Your Talents

In North America we have been using the phrase: “Jack of all trades, master of none” since 1721.  That’s a long time.  Somehow during my lifetime it’s gotten worse.  For many of us it seems to have reached and gone beyond overload.  We are now wearing wayHATS too many hats.

When I started working back in the early 70s the internal structure of businesses was more hierarchical.  There were layers.  It mirrored the thousands of years of class structure.  An executive had a secretary (yep, that’s what they were called) who managed all the administrivia so the executives could do what they did best.  That might have been managing people or product.  It might have been negotiating deals.  Whatever it was, they were given the room to do it.

Somewhere in the 90’s when computers became more accessible and “user friendly” the Organization Chart “flattened out”.  What that meant was that very few people had an individual assistant (the new name for the secretarial function).  Most people were on their own.  They did all their own correspondence, appointment setting, supply ordering, etc.  Great. (It certainly improved the possibilities for women in the workforce and I am ALL for that. As women we were and are generally more successful than most men at multitasking.  We’ve literally been doing it for ages.)

Now we have all sorts of whizzy programs and apps to help.  That seems efficient at first glance.  And for those of us that like to exercise some control, it allows us to do that.  We do it all.  And at what cost?

Sure, we know we aren’t as good at some things as others.  Maybe we even find resources to help with those.  Personally, I could not function without my marketing and tech support.  But and however, instead of being able to really immerse myself in my true talents I am constantly distracted by needing to learn how to handle something new.  I’m stopped dead in my tracks to find someone to fix something that is way beyond my skill level while the techno wizard is stopped dead in their tracks when it comes to some non-techo thing.

The result of all this is that we all get distracted and pulled away from our real talent, the thing that is our unique gift, what we alone can do.  Our true talents get lost and we hardly have time for them.  Instead of exercising our gift, we are busy doing the work of wearing many hats at the same time.

The fundamental problem is that if we try to learn how to do better at things that we are fundamentally not good at we can go from being crappy to being adequate.  If, however, we can improve the places where we already have talent we can go from being good to being stellar.  The real trick to this is finding ways to get support from people who have talent in the areas you don’t so you have time to improve and use your talent.

What can you do to give yourself more room for your talent?

If you’d like to explore how to have your money support your talent rather than distract you from it give me a call at 503-258-1630 or check out my website at  www.sensiblecoaching.com


Shell Tain, The Untangler