Surround Yourself With Experts

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on April 16, 2007

As an entrepreneur starting a business, it’s easy to take everything upon yourself, especially if you’re young. Don’t. As you get your business strategies in order, take a step back to honestly analyze your own strengths and weaknesses. What skills come most naturally to you? What things do you avoid doing because you don’t enjoy them or they frustrate you?

Having a good understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses will put you in a position to surround yourself with people who can fill in those gaps. Develop a team of people—whether they’re employees, partners, or mentors—with varying skill sets and experience levels that balance yours in order to set your business up for success. Besides lightening your workload, doing this creates an atmosphere conducive to your personal growth and your company’s growth, ultimately delivering the best solutions to your customers.

Matthew Lautz
CEO
Brevient Technologies LLC
Milwaukee

Reader Comments

Barry Williams

April 17, 2007 12:54 PM

This is hands down the best advice I have read for self-employed individuals. The best leaders are those who collect people who exceed their own abilities and experience and motivate those individuals to buy into an overall vision. This is an invaluable skill that many entrepreneurs lack and attempt to make up for by overworking themselves or those around them.

A one man band will never sound the same as a full orchestra no matter how much he practices or how skilled he becomes.

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