Your Business Blind Spots are a Reflection of You

Your Business Blind Spots are a Reflection of You

You founded your business.

It was your idea, your passion, your zone of genius that created it.

And that’s something you can be proud of.

Whatever drove you in the beginning – the quality of service, culture, people – you nailed it. 

And so did everyone you bought into the business because that’s what you focused on the most.

But what about your blind spots?

How have they impacted your business as it’s grown?

Perhaps you’ve been too busy to notice?

But blind spots need focus. 

You need to turn your head in your car to find it. You also need to make a conscious decision to do so in your business.

It can feel uncomfortable.

But without doing it, you could be in for a collision ahead.

In 2004, Merryck & Co and the Barrett Values Centre in England looked at the biggest blind spots for leaders.

Here’s what they found:

  • Troubles with visibility & accessibility
  • Development of teams and upcoming leaders
  • Vision, strategy and organisational priorities

They stated there’s a 96% likelihood that leaders do not understand that their organisation perceives them as ivory-tower executives who do not provide adequate clarity on the company’s strategy.

Although not a big business, our client had a team of 14 staff, with most of them coming onboard in the last twelve months due to rapid (and reactive) business growth.

When we completed her 30-day Business Health Check, we delivered the good, the bad and the ugly in her roadmap unpack session.

And what she saw stood out like a beacon.

All the reds in the traffic light report were a reflection of her blind spots.

No surprises there, yet it was feedback she needed to hear.

On the flip side, the strengths of the business were a reflection of her strengths as well.

This was already in her circle of awareness because that’s where she focused her time.

What we helped her do is move the unknown unknowns (her blind spots) to known unknowns.

And now she had a roadmap of exactly where to focus her energy to move her business forward.

Perhaps it’s time for you to check your blind spots?

If you want to find out more about how to move from chaos to business clarity, book a free 20-minute discovery call with me.

No BS. No pitch.

Just me helping you identify the #1 thing that’s holding you back from having time freedom, achieving smart growth and peak performance in your business.

And if a 30-day Business Health Check will truly benefit your business, then we can talk about the next steps.

You can book a time with me here.

Ness is a Coach and Mentor for women in business. With extensive experience in executive leadership, she started her own professional coaching business 7 years ago and since has worked with women to help them create business and financial success on their terms. 

Ness is obsessed with helping women break the cycles in business that hold them back from creating profitable businesses they love, without having to sacrifice time or life.  

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5PM IS NOT THE START OF YOUR WORKDAY

5PM IS NOT THE START OF YOUR WORKDAY

Ever felt like every day you are in Juggle Street?

Like you’re being pulled in every direction by your team, your clients and your family?

Exhausting isn’t it?

As women in business, we often put the needs of others in front of our own and this can lead us to a dangerous path – starting our working day when everyone else finishes theirs.

Before you know it, you’re back on your computer after dinner, trying to work through that never-ending to-do list of yours.

Just like our client *Sally (name changed).

Sally was exhausted. 

And on her way to burn-out.

Having experienced rapid growth in her business, the systems and structures hadn’t grown quickly enough to meet demand.

And one of the symptoms Sally experienced was sifting through hundreds of emails at 10 pm most nights.

She was feeling resentful because all she wanted to do after the working day was meant to end, was to make a cup of tea, grab a block of chocolate and watch her fav show on Netflix.

And stuff slipped through the cracks. Everywhere.

Which added to her anxiety and overwhelm.

If you’re like Sally burning the candle at both ends, it’s like going to the gym twice a day to work out. 

You might think you’re helping get better results by putting in extra hours.

But all it does is put stress on your muscles, joints and bones.

If you want to see improvements in your physical shape, you need to have recovery time.

The same is true for business owners.

If you want to experience peak performance – for yourself and your team then you need to switch off at night.

And it’s not just me recommending this.

A study by Stanford University Economics Professor John Pencalve found that productivity declines sharply when a person works more than 50 hrs per week.

After 55 hours, productivity drops so much that putting in more hours is pointless.

Those working 70 hours per week get the same amount of work done as someone working 55 hours a week.

Crazy talk hey!

If you want to get out of the busy trap and move away from burn-out so that you can experience the freedom of time outside work, where you can switch off and recharge, then here are a few tips to get you started: 

  • Keep a record for a week of your working hours. Scary I know, but you need to see the reality of the situation you’re in.
  • Decide on a hard cut-off time where you turn your phone and computer off for the night – no exceptions. (There are heaps of apps for your phone and computer that help with this!)
  • Make time to communicate this with your team and your family and ask for their support to help keep you on track.
  • Get the support of a coach if you get stuck.

Ness is a Coach and Mentor for women in business. With extensive experience in executive leadership, she started her own professional coaching business 7 years ago and since has worked with women to help them create business and financial success on their terms. 

Ness is obsessed with helping women break the cycles in business that hold them back from creating profitable businesses they love, without having to sacrifice time or life.  

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