Mentorship is a strategy that often catapults a business from being just good to great. For me, mentorship has been an important part of my life since I was a child. Like many of you, I spent much of my childhood developing a deep affinity for Mr. Rodgers. It might have been his unconditional care and constant reassurance that I was unique and special. Or that deep down, even as I child, I knew we had a shared belief in how to incorporate faith into our callings. Whatever it was that drew me to him, he was a role model I’d delightfully watch and listen to every possible day. As my life evolved, different people mentored me. Teachers. CEOs. Friends. My parents, of course. It might surprise you, but these days my business mentor is yet again a character positioned as a teacher for the young developed by Mr. Rodgers. An earnest toddler tiger named Daniel.
Yep, my business mentor is a cartoon tiger.
Do you often find yourself reacting, responding, and struggling to keep up? Sometimes before you manage to take care of one situation at work or at home, another one pops up! You jump from immediate need to immediate need without ever getting a chance to dig deep and tackle your ever-growing to-do list. You feel stuck in one place as if you’re drowning in requests all requiring your immediate reply.
When this happens, your big picture goals seem impossible to accomplish. You look back on your day and say to yourself: “What did I even get done today? I worked a lot, but don’t feel like I made any progress.”
The good news about being an entrepreneur is that you don’t have a boss.
The bad news for many entrepreneurs? There’s no one there to tell you when you are screwing up.
You typically find out that you’ve made a bad mistake by something blowing up within your company or when there’s an incessant, nagging issue that repeats itself over and over. Suddenly, you look in the mirror and wonder if the problem is YOU. Is that when it’s the right time to send yourself packing?
This question is very close to my heart, particularly right now. As a franchisor with a rapidly growing franchisee network, I’ve watched my bandwidth grow thinner over the past eighteen months. As a result, one of our corporate-owned stores wasn’t getting the attention that the team working in it deserved.