Aerodynamics Inventor Alan Adler once wrote, “Organizational culture is a civilization in the workplace.”
Let’s take him literally.
Imagine telling this to your best friend, who has just returned home with a bundle of joy that is their firstborn child:
“Damn, your kid is ugly.”
What contortions and twists do you expect their face to make in the seconds that follow your statement?
A couple of years ago at my high school reunion, I walked up to a woman named Beth.
“You probably don’t remember me, but I have to tell you. . .” I said to her, noticing a puzzled look turn to worry. “Every single therapist I’ve ever had knows your name.”
Her jaw dropped so low I thought her tongue might fall out.
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The songs we sing to ourselves can become an inner dialogue. If you have a big idea that’s been incubating long enough, sing it out. Make it your Anthem.read more
You’ve got this brilliant idea for a business.
You’re going to open your very own extra special, super-duper, unfreakingbelievable lemonade stand.
Sure, there are other lemonade stands out there, but nothing like yours. We’re talkin’ the Taj Mahal of lemonade stands. No small time orange crate with Mom’s glass pitcher for you.
You’re a player. You dream big.
There’s just one teeny-weeny minor hitch — you need $100,000 to get started, just for the basics, of course. You will absolutely, positively make that back in a month or two, but right now, you’re just a bit short on cash.
So what’s an innovator like you to do?
Show of hands. . .
How many of you have experienced accountability described as negative?
“Who’s accountable for this mess?”
“I am holding you accountable for the failure of this project.”
“If this doesn’t go the way we expect, we’re holding you accountable!”
This sort of phrasing condemns accountability as useful only for guilting, manipulating, and coercing.
What a toxic disempowerment of others!
Every Business Owner wants their small empire to become a Success Story for the ages.
That’s why many of us become entrepreneurs in the first place, to risk life and limb and lines of credit to turn $100 into $101, then multiply that to infinity — or whatever the equivalent is in your industry.
But what happens when a family business Success Story leads to a sequel with a plot so downright awful, no one will ever want to speak to each other again?
The word “Solopreneur” has only recently surfaced in Pop Culture vocabulary. Maybe this is the first time you’ve read it.
According to Macmillan Dictionary, a Solopreneur is a Business Owner who works and runs their business alone. Every decision is unilateral, and they are accountable to no one but their families, clientele, vendors, and/or creditors.
Greek Philosopher Plato once said, “A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”
You may have to read that a couple of times. Even then, it still probably reads like an oxymoron.
Because all sound business decisions are based on complex financial analyses and projections, right?
Yes. And also. . .no.
Let me ask you something. What exactly is the job of a Business Coach?
Most people think of the obvious connection to Coaching in other areas, like Sports. Michael Jordan had Phil Jackson, Phil Mickelson had Butch Harmon, The Tennessee Lady Vols had Pat Summitt.
It can be argued that the legends and champions who earn 60-minute specials on ESPN would be names lost to history without their Coaches.