Working On vs. In Your Business

What is the Difference?

Working In = Short term projects, regular work processes and day to day operations

Spending all your time here can turn you into a full-time employee. While this is necessary in the start-up phase, in order to be most effective in growing your business you need to transition out of these functions to a leadership role.

Working On = Long term planning, overall strategic planning, growth and value initiatives

You are now overseeing the business, hiring staff, creating new products/services, and building a business that can run without you in the day to day operations.

Ray Silverstein on Entrepreneur.com calls it “doing” (working in) vs. “leading” (working on).

Working on vs working in your business infographic

Both are very important. You need to know what is going on in your business in case a key person quits (as mentioned in this  Success.com article). Not so much that you can then take their role on, but so you can hire appropriately with a proper job description and deliverables.

Conclusion 

The goal of a leader is to create a business that runs without you. The employees are motivated and know how to complete their tasks. Your managers have clear directions, goals, and targets to reach. This leaves you to grow the business in new ways, whether that is implementing new strategies, services, products, or helping your team run at higher efficiency. 

Derek Burbidge
Manager of Sales & Marketing

Work/Life Balance Pie Chart (Part 4/5)

Work/Life Balance Pie Chart (Part 4/5)

One of the most basic, yet most powerful, exercises that I ever did on measuring my current life balance against where I wanted to be is a simple ‘Balance pie chart’. I have provided the full exercise below so that you could feel free to take yourself through it.