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The rise of the intrapreneur

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I was talking with a friend recently about a role she was struggling to fill on her team.

“I’ve tried a few people already in this role and it hasn’t worked. You know who I really want? Someone who is tired of running their own business and wants to work with someone else… I feel like they would get it and have the drive I’m looking for.”

On the other side of the coin, I have another friend who has owned and run successful businesses for over 20 years and decided to temporarily shut down her business a couple of years ago to take a sabbatical.

In her words “I was tired of my business. Tired of the hustle. Tired of the grind. The thought of letting my business go felt like freedom to me, and so I shut it down and spent the next year as part of the executive team for another business.”

There is a middle ground opening up between having a job and having our own business. Between being an employee vs. an entrepreneur.

It’s the intrapreneur.

Put simply, an intrapreneur is someone who brings the characteristics of an entrepreneur into the work they are doing for another business. Talked about often in corporate circles, the intrapreneur has a lot to offer to smaller businesses as well.

Vision. Drive. Passion. Innovation. Ownership. Experience.

They can plug into the vision of the company and see the possibilities.

They have the drive to own a project and make it happen, with the ability to tap into the resources of the company they work for.

They can focus their energy on work they do best, vs. trying to get better at things they aren’t good at.

They take ownership of a specific project or division and have the freedom to create results in their own way.

And if they have the experience of running their own business, they bring a level of insight into ‘what it takes’ to make things happen.

The benefit to the intrapreneur – the ability to do their best work and create results, without having to carry the ‘weight’ of the entire business on their shoulders.

I’ve spoken with countless individuals over the past few years who are done with their business. They are tired of the hustle. Tired of the heaviness of total responsibility. Tired of the constant struggle to find or manage clients. Tired of having to jump in when a team member drops a ball. Tired of working too many hours for what often feels like a small return.

They are also lonely.

And yet – they can’t imagine having to go get a job. Having to fit into someone else’s mold. Being told what to do and when to do it.

What if having to ‘get a job’ wasn’t the only option for the disillusioned business owner?

The benefit to the business hiring an intrapreneur – someone who isn’t afraid to take ownership of a project/division and be responsible for the results.

I’ve worked with small business owners now for over a decade in hiring and building teams, and they are equally as tired.

Tired of trying to find good people. Tired of trying to manage and motivate people. Feeling like they are spending all of their time telling them what to do, how to do it and chasing them down to make sure it gets done. Having high standards of work that it seems no one can meet.

At times it can feel like the only option is to do it all themselves, even when they KNOW they need support to take things to the next level.

The number one request I hear from business owners is that they want to hire a ‘self motivated’ individual – someone who bring the intrapreneur characteristics of plugging into the big picture, seeing what needs to be done and taking ownership to make it happen.

I can’t help but wonder – what is possible when we each stop trying to ‘do it all’ and instead look to come together and bring our best in the pursuit of a common goal?

How much more successful could we be when we join forces? When both the risk and the reward are shared?

There are key shifts to be made on boths sides to ensure this kind of relationship works – if you would like me to write another article on these shifts comment below and say ‘more please’. I’m happy to write a ‘part 2’ if it would be helpful. 🙂

And in the meantime, may you know and own your brilliance… and marinate in the possibility of what is created when we come together.

Ego metrics

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I was listening to Ali Brown’s most recent podcast and she was talking about the idea of ‘ego metrics’ and how easy it is to go off track measuring the wrong things in our business.

Ego metrics are those things that make us look good to the outside world, but don’t necessarily reflect the success and health of our businesses. Things like:

  • Revenue numbers – I don’t care how much money you make, how much do you keep? Are you paying yourself consistently? Are you behind on your taxes? That 5-6-7 figure launch could quickly lose it’s shine when you realize how much of that money could be going right back out the door again. #profitfirst baby
  • Social media likes – you may see someone with a lot of followers on their profile, page or group but how engaged are they with their content? Are they the right people for the business? It’s not hard to get big numbers on social media these days but that doesn’t guarantee success. I was listening to a Facebook expert recently who has just over 1000 people in a group and has turned down about 9000 more who requested to join. Why? Because she only allows those who are a fit to join her group and doesn’t care about the ego metrics of “I have thousands in my Facebook group”… and she’s built a highly successful business from that ‘small’ group
  • Luxury lifestyle photos – expensive cars, fancy mansions and trips around the world can give us the impression that someone is living an amazing life and we can do the same! But how far in debt is that person? Do they own that house/car or was it rented for a photo shoot that day? Nor does it represent what real life looks like as an entrepreneur… often giving the impression that our lives are supposed to look this way. HA! I was joking online recently with someone that I’m going to do a ‘glamour shoot’ of me and my Hyundai Santa Fe – driving the kids to school in my gym clothes, wind in my hair. 😉

Don’t be afraid to question the things that people share online as it may not reflect the truth of their success.

And always track the things that matter in our businesses – profit, leads, conversions, client satisfaction, freedom, etc. <– This is where real success is created. 

1. Join the Fearless Women Leaders Group 
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2. Next Level [Strategy and Leadership Mastermind]
An exclusive and elite group I personally created to support the next level leaders who are shifting into doing business differently. Making an impact. Building a business on purpose. Collaborating. As you feel that call within yourself to take things to the next level, go to m.me/tinaforsyth and type the word “Next Level”. 

3. Top Level [Private Coaching]
Work directly with me and my team to help you scale your business model, expand your team and take your business to the next level… send me message at m.me/tinaforsyth and type the word “Private”……. tell us about your business and where you feel the blocks are. We will get back to you to discuss a personalized strategic plan.



How to stop micromanaging

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“Tina, I know I’m micromanaging my team but I just can’t seem to stop – I’m driving both them and myself nutty. Help!”

There are two main reasons why we micro-manage:

1) We don’t TRUST that the work will be done right and on time

Your business is your baby – and if you don’t yet have trust in the people you’ve hired to take care of your baby, it’s pretty hard to let go!

What creates trust in a team?

  • Knowing that the work is done right – this is about being clear in your REQUESTS and having solid SYSTEMS in place. 

    Are you being as clear as possible in what you are asking your team to deliver? Anytime we are unclear in our requests we leave room for assumptions – and their assumption often won’t match your expectation.  Have you laid out a clear process for the things you want done ‘your way’? When you have standards for what you want things to look like be sure to lay out a clear process w/templates – so that they can follow the process vs. making up their own. 

  • Making sure it’s done on time – this is about AGREEMENT and ACCOUNTABILITY

    Give a deadline for all requests and make sure they are in agreement – many business owners forget this piece and then wonder why it’s not being done, when the team member didn’t realize there was a deadline or they didn’t agree to the deadline. And accountability is simply about checking in once the agreement is made to ensure tasks are being completed on time. And if not, then you know there is a breakdown occurring somewhere. 

2) We don’t know what our new role is!

This one was a biggie for me when I started expanding my team, in particular when I hired my first OBM back in 2010. Being great at her job she was clearing my plate, but I was left wondering what the heck I was supposed to be doing instead! I was used to being the one to do it all, to swoop in and save the day but I was no longer needed there… it was an identity crisis that I wasn’t prepared for. 

Expanding your team means redefining your own role – this can be confusing and challenging. Shifting from DOER to LEADER it is a whole other way of working, and when we aren’t clear on what that looks like or are afraid of stepping into the leadership role we can easily slip back into doing what we used to do. Like a well worn pair of shoes, we find ourselves slipping back into doing what is known and comfortable… even when we aren’t supposed to be doing it anymore. 

Perhaps you can relate

P.S. As you are ready to grow… here are 3 ways we can help:

1. Join the Fearless Women Leaders Group 
This is our collaborative Facebook community where we share high-level insights, advice and real stories about what it takes to grow, lead and be the impact in our industries. — Click Here

2. Next Level [Strategy and Leadership Mastermind]
An exclusive and elite group I personally created to support the next level leaders who are shifting into doing business differently. Making an impact. Building a business on purpose. Collaborating. As you feel that call within yourself to take things to the next level, go to m.me/tinaforsyth and type the word “Next Level”. 

3. Top Level [Private Coaching]
Work directly with me and my team to help you scale your business model, expand your team and take your business to the next level… send me message at m.me/tinaforsyth and type the word “Private”……. tell us about your business and where you feel the blocks are. We will get back to you to discuss a personalized strategic plan.

Opposites attract on a team… or do they?

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It’s important to have a variety of people on our teams, but there are some potential challenges to be aware of…

Do you want comfort or do you want a breakthrough?

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Oooooeee! Today’s new video is a doozy and timely for many of us (myself included.)

As you feel the call to take things to the next level, you need to be willing to step into the discomfort…

Is it you or is it them? (team issues)

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I do a lot of work with people around their teams – and what I’ve come to see is that it’s a 50/50 split when something isn’t working.

50% of the time it’s a “wrong person was hired for the role” issue.

And the other 50% of the time it’s a leadership issue – not leading them effectively so that they can do their best work.

As a leader, it’s easy to default to assuming the first part is the problem – it’s them. Although this can be true, I recommend checking first if it might be a leadership issue.

Vs just saying “this person isn’t a fit” and looking to hire again, which can be costly in terms of time, energy and money!

To come from a place of curiosity and ask ourselves:

Is it possible to take a different approach to leadership that might bring out the best in this person? That might make it work?

Have I been the best leader that I can possibly be here?

The beauty of leadership is that it’s often the little things that can make a big difference. Slight tweaks in the way we engage with our team members can – at times – change everything.

I’m thinking about writing a series on what some of these little leadership tweaks are – if you are interested, comment and let me know k?

Tina

Scaling vs. Accidentally Starting Over

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When it comes to taking your business to the next level, be sure you are scaling and not ‘accidentally’ starting from scratch with a new business…

‘Potential’ is Overrated

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I’m going to lovingly get up on my soapbox for a moment here, if you don’t mind. 😉

We had a great conversation in our Elevate group last week about how tough it is when you can SEE a clients potential, but they aren’t fulfilling on it.

They aren’t taking action and doing the things they said they would do. They are getting in their own way. They don’t want to hear (or implement) your advice.

When you find yourself saying:

“They could be soooo much more successful if only they would (_INSERT REASON HERE_)” 

The truth is – we all have potential.

Oooodles of it. We are all put here on earth to do amazing things in our own way.

And it’s easy to see someone else’s potential – what they are best at. Where they shine. The impact they could have.

BUT potential doesn’t mean a darn thing unless the person is willing to do something with it.

(Our potential doesn’t mean a darn thing unless WE are willing to do something with it.)

So allow me to say with all the love in my heart:

I don’t care about your potential – I care what you are willing to DO with it.

This is a choice we all get to make for ourselves. And this is a choice that your clients need to make as well.

When you are hired by a client to do what you do, the bottom line is this:

You can’t want it more than they do.

Their success. Their shift. Their goals.

You can bring the best of who you are to the table, BUT they need to do their part. They need to show up – to meet you halfway.

And if they won’t – you can’t ‘drag’ them there. Or worse yet, try to carry the weight of their success on your shoulders alone.

Yes, we can talk with them about it (especially if you are in the role of a coach and are there to help them move through stuff) but you can’t MAKE them want it more than they do. They are either going to step into their potential… or they won’t.

We all want the best for our clients – I get it! And at the same time we can’t own what isn’t ours to own.

This can be a tough pill to swallow at times – especially when we can see their potential & love them as a person!

At the end of the day what it boils down to is this:

  • Knowing that you are bringing your best to the table and doing all that you can
  • Being willing to walk away if they aren’t doing the same

It can sound (and feel!) harsh, but it’s true.

You can’t want it more than they do. It simply doesn’t work.

Tolerations

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Whenever we are stuck in our growth there is something that we are tolerating (and that won’t shift until we deal with it.)

An upcoming trend in the coaching industry

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There is a trend in the coaching industry that I’m not seeing a lot of people talking about yet.

It won’t be a fit for everyone, but might be a fit for you?

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