12 October 2015 10:30
A very different version of success
When your fast-growing business is on a winning streak, life is great. When things go wrong - it doesn't feel so good. There's also another place we can end up – partly as a result of the stress and partly as a result of a lack of clarity. Put simply, it's 'losing your Mojo'.
Everything goes flat. From the outside, you appear to have everything and yet you know there's something missing. Many of us have been there. And I am afraid the results can be catastrophic. It is just that we tend not to talk about these things, because they don't happen to people like us. But they do.
It seems that we have all fallen into a trap that we have set ourselves. Within the business we often forget our 'why?' - our purpose - what we're really trying to achieve rather than just making 'loadsa money'. And this trickles into every aspect of our lives.
What I am seeing is more and more MDs and CEOs who feel they earn more than enough. Yet they are somehow dissatisfied.
They still want to work but now they want to create something of value (in whatever terms): they want to create a legacy. More importantly, this breed of MD and CEO wants to create their own version of success. And this may not simply be about maximising earnings at the expense of exploiting whatever needs to be squeezed dry.
Copyright © 2015 Robert Craven (@robert_craven), business speaker, author, consultant and owner of The Directors' Centre, a consulting and training company, which helps owner-directors. His latest book, Grow Your Digital Agency, "provides the business fundamentals that every growing agency needs to address".