Thanks to all the folks who have helped me as I launched Voltage Leadership back in September. Many of you have asked how it is going and what lessons I have learned. These questions have encouraged me to step back and think about how I’m feeling in this new role of owner.
I have had a boss since I was a paper boy at 11 years old and it is sometimes strange to not have someone to run my ideas by for approval. I have used friends and other coaches to help me with my thinking and I really appreciate their support! I sometimes still find my mindset drifting back to being an employee and not an owner. However, each day finds me thinking more and more like I am an owner but I still need to change some of my behaviors to match this new mindset.
I love the freedom of being my own boss but I have not fully taken advantage of the flexibility of my schedule. My days have been so filled with leadership training, coaching sessions, writing speeches, business development, reviewing invoices, etc. that I have not always remembered to schedule just Jeff time. My friend, Christine Kennedy, introduced the concept of margin to me and I have made this one of my key words for the year (God, Family, Physical and Creative are the others). I need to put more time in between activities so that I have time to think, follow up on administrative work, write blogs, etc. instead of packing three more things into the day. This will be a challenge for the high-energy, always going type of person that I am but I am working on this.
My customers, network, friends and family could not have been more supportive of the change. They have asked me numerous times how they can help me launch the business more successfully and I am amazed at their generosity!
I miss IT support! I have been working in a home office for a while but my last company had an IT helpdesk…I might have to invest in this as we have had a few challenges.
I love the freedom to work with new companies and try new approaches. I love the opportunities to work outside of comfort zone with new collaborators.
Finally, I love my wife, Beth. I could not have done this without her support, willingness to help me and serving as a sounding board. I highly recommend having a great friend or significant other as you launch your business or project.
Thanks and I am looking forward to a great 2012. I wish you tremendous success in all of your endeavors!