I have written before about definitions of success. It is completely subjective and one person’s success may be viewed by another as inadequate. The definition in the title above seems therefore to offer the most meaningful way of judging one’s performance in life to date and aiding a decision about effecting change. As my work involves business owners and senior managers on the whole, it would be easy to assume that autonomy comes free with their roles. This is sadly far from the truth.
A large proportion of business owners choose to go into business out of default, or for the wrong reasons. They have been made redundant, are unable to find suitable employment or imagine that running a business will give them freedom, instant wealth or status. Senior managers strive to achieve and maintain their roles and, whilst the pressure they experience is widely understood to be less than that brought to bear on middle management, large salaries are linked to large expectations. Some organisations manage to provide a balance for their staff and those are usually amongst the most successful in terms of financial and other measures. Most however fail dismally and they become hotbeds of back-stabbing, politics and anxiety.
As a consultant it is apparent to me when I spend time in a business which ones score highly on people skills and which need to improve. Poor attitudes and negativity are seeded from above, become entrenched very quickly and, like ground elder, they are not easy to eliminate. Continuing with the gardening analogy, if people feel comfortable in their environment, they will put down strong roots and flourish, which can only enhance the overall performance of the workplace. Plants, or people, in the wrong place will wither and this goes for business owners as much as for employees.
It may be unrealistic to suggest that everyone can reach a Utopian state in their work life but we owe it to ourselves to try. My father-in-law asked me on several occasions, “Still enjoying the business?”. When I confirmed that I was, at least 80% of the time anyway, he said that when I stopped enjoying it I would know it was time to call it a day. This simple truth is ignored by many as they continue year by year, decade by decade, doing something they lack passion for.
It could be seen as irresponsible to turn your back on a business or make radical changes but actually, doing something without passion rarely works anyway.
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