The 5 Best Things a Boss Can Do While Running a Business
By Deborah Sweeney on September 17, 2013
Running a business is not a job for the faint of heart, especially because small business owners must put their heart into every aspect of the business that they can in order to succeed. For every victory a company faces, the untold part of the story is all of the hard work behind the scenes with the owner, team, and brand and how that work continues every single day, rain or shine, good mood or bad mood alike.
But as George Soros was once quoted for saying, before anyone works in business they were a human being first. I’d like to add in my own addendum here that for everyone working in the world of business, we continue to still be people and people, even CEOs of corporations, are not without their human nature. Making mistakes, flubbing an assignment, losing a client, saying you’re sorry – the course of business is no perfect route and every leader will have a few moments where they’ll wonder, “What am I doing running this company anyway?” Should you ever begin to doubt yourself, your team, or your ideas, keep my following checklist of simple things bosses can do while running a business in mind.
1) Stay organized and stay calm! Take deep breaths when things get crazy busy. There are only 24 hours in a day. Give it your best and then realize there is always tomorrow.
2) Take a break to clear your mind and organize yourself. Stretch; take a walk, get up and get moving.
3) Communicate. Make sure you are sharing your goals and strategies with your team so everyone is on the same page.
4) Be open for feedback from your customers and team. The more you are open to receiving feedback, the more receptive your team members will be of your feedback. You can learn a lot from the feedback you receive and you can teach your team members a lot from your openness, as well.
5) Be confident! Show your team that you believe in your business and their skills. Show them you know what you are doing and that you are calm and confident. If you believe in yourself, they will believe in you. Confident business owners are often the greatest leaders!
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