Launching and running your own business is an amazing adventure. The sense of accomplishment that accompanies building a profitable enterprise from the ground up is second-to-none.
But for each entrepreneur, there comes a point when you simply get off track. Your energy may wane or you become too focused in one area, typically to the detriment of many others including your employees.
Here’s how to refocus, get back in the groove, and live the dream once again.
The reality of entrepreneurship
At some point in nearly everyone’s lives, dreams of business ownership take hold. For a multitude of reasons, those dreams may never come to fruition for many. For others, those roots take hold and absolutely nothing will shake them loose.
I land squarely in the latter group, fortunate to have honed my background and skillset into a thriving business. It certainly hasn’t been an easy road or an overnight success. There have been layers upon layers of work completed to get to this point, and even now, there are always another 100 layers stealthily creeping up on me.
Despite all those obstacles though, I, like most entrepreneurs, have happily carried that stress. I simply considered it part and parcel of entrepreneurship.
We recently went through another booming growth phase at Restaurant HR Group. I’ve been busy meeting with new clients and ensuring continued support for our existing ones. And up until just a few weeks ago, I thought all was well.
In actuality, my stress had begun to trickle down, infiltrating the company culture we’ve worked so hard to develop and sustain. In my busyness with growing the company, I had inadvertently neglected my team.
Sure, we had managed to get together for a few dinners and fundraisers. But that wasn’t enough. My team needed more concrete support, and it was my job to ensure they had it. A couple fun, extracurricular activities just weren’t cutting it.
Pulling it together
While the team was thrilled with our expansion efforts and the future trajectory of the company, something was missing for them. After having one-on-one meetings with each employee, my eyes were permanently opened. Turns out, my team was exhausted, confused, stressed, and undertrained.