Learning to fly a plane is an activity that occurs in stages.Both classroom and actual flight training are essential.A friend once said, “A cow can learn to fly, but it takes a person to learn to navigate.”One can read all the books available, but real learning comes from doing.Flying is much easier than takeoff and landing exercises.Learning to navigate requires reading and practicing as well.Most people do not attempt these without help from professional teachers.Eventually, practice results in learning to fly solo!The same is true for many tasks in life.We learn by many different methods and eventually become independent.Learning to run a business is no different.
Starting a business often begins with a business concept.The idea is researched extensively and a business plan is created to form a roadmap.The business plan may change regularly but the document is excellent at helping to get everyone on the same page.The process of creating the plan helps to formalize ideas in a way that makes it easier to explain to others.Extensive research and understanding never fully prepares a first time entrepreneur for running a company.There are so many factors where advice from experienced individuals can improve a situation.For example, personnel issues, making a sale, pitching an investor, working with a diverse Board of Directors each have their own complications that may become a bit easier with advice from others.
Whether you are a first time entrepreneur or a serial entrepreneur, you will always encounter issues and conditions outside of your experiences.You can improve your ability to run a business solo by making use of the following resources.
- Learn: Knowledge about situations is extremely helpful. If you want to negotiate something, it is essential to know as much as you can about the people and topic. It is easier to obtain funding when you can demonstrate you understand your business area in detail and you can present it clearly. Knowing how to manage a team takes practice, but you can get ideas from a variety of sources when meeting difficult issues. People never want to follow a leader likely to take them over a cliff. So, you must learn about the business and activities by routes more encompassing than ON THE JOB TRAINING!
- Mentors: Developing mentors that will work with you is a great way to enhance your abilities. Use the experiences of others and apply them to your own setting. The process of learning to adapt to new situations improves your skills. Great value comes from testing possible approaches in discussions with your mentors BEFORE you act on them! You will learn to refine and improve your ideas during this discussion.
- Trial & Error: There are those cases where no help is available and you must act anyway. Mistakes are a great learning exercise, just try to make mistakes and not fatalities. Review the possible actions and outcomes and plan to act quickly if events move in a wrong direction. You will eventually become more experienced and learn not to make the same mistakes in the future.
- Team: You do have a team and they have experiences too! Your interactions with the team can be rewarding and enhance your chances of success. Try to use them and their skills. Do not be afraid to learn from them since your goal is to be a leader not a dictator. The team and you will end up the winners if you execute well.
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