Working for someone else, whether a large corporation or a small business, shapes they way we embrace change.
Striving for a promotion teaches us to go with the flow of how others want things done. Striving for a raise teaches us to produce for others in hopes we get a bigger slice of someone else's pie. Striving to land a position in a new company teaches us to conform to someone else's expectation.
While these norms may serve us well as employees they torpedo our effectiveness as entrepreneurs and business owners. Mainly because the way business operates is completely different. What got you to the top as an employee won't take you to the top as an owner.
You must change if you truly desire to own a thriving business.
That means we have to grow out of our old habits and thinking when we take the helm of our own ship. My and your ability to grow, to change ourselves, separates us from those who can't or won't.
But, growth doesn't just happen overnight. Change doesn't happen in a day, it happens daily. Waiting until you've left your job to make the transformation is too late and will put you at risk.
Growth follows an intentional plan that is consistently implemented over time.
What area of your leadership are you growing so that you ditch the employee mindset as an owner of your business?
W. Shane McKenzie is an Executive Coach and Mentor who specializes in helping successful leaders leave their job to own a business using proven strategies to minimize risk.