One of the main purposes of starting a business is to build relations and gain profits from one party and another. That being said, a good business is not a one-man show as it cannot be managed by only one person. Business partners, in this case, play an important role in ensuring that the business runs smoothly. They can be a reflection or reference to a basis of who you are in the eyes of others, as well as able to share opinions in business matters such as product testing or marketing.
However, choosing the right business partner to trust can be challenging. You might have faith in someone that he will not betray you, but then it turns out that he cheats and deceives you in your own business. Sometimes, you can also be your own enemy. Then the question is, how do you know that you are your own business enemy? Here’s how you can tell so:
- Look around your work environment, do your employees work with lousy or happy face?
Your mood, somehow, affects the entire atmosphere in the room. For example, you are being too serious or hard on your employees and do not give them a room to improvise. As a result, your employees will pretend to like you but say bad words behind your back. If that symptom really happens in your company, it can cause prolonged problems either for company or your personal image.
What to do, then?
It is okay to have an external enemy but it is NOT okay to be hated by your employees, especially those who contribute a lot. Therefore, you should make sure to not ‘just’ give commands and become an ignorant leader. This will slow down the business as you refuse to listen to other people’s opinions and see from other perspectives. Good leaders are able to handle both good and bad situations they have to deal with. Being an open leader will give you opportunity to exchange ideas with employees and ask questions that allow you to know more about themselves.
Another way to tell that your workplace is not toxic is by doing an office visit to another company. It can give you insight on what makes a company’s environment good or bad. The point is, you should respect any differences you might find and only take the positives.
- Reflect to your attitude, do you find yourself often snapping at workers or frequently being uncomfortable with new employees?
There might be times you do not like that new hire but if it happens frequently and unreasonably, there must be something wrong with you. Hence, it is important to note 1 to 100 things that describe your personality as it can help you reflect on your own action. Not only that, jotting down your own behaviours can also give you more ideas and acumen on what is better for your company and career. Be it good or bad, you should be able to describe them all. After that, you can think of how you should change it to be better or eliminate the negative attitudes all at once.
Reflecting on your own behavior and projecting yourself as someone else before taking an action can help you improve yourself.
- Be too focused on small projects and lack management of big things
If you notice, the actual enemy of an entrepreneur is that they tend to give more attention to things that need not to be noticed or managed. Some entrepreneurs are accustomed to giving much of their time for dull improvements rather than focusing on newer, simpler, and more precise innovations. Albeit you can focus on improvement, you should also give a chance to things that are more updated. Creating comprehensive vision and working together with a team on a project is also an important point because it can bring more fresh ideas as well as open all available suggestions.
In conclusion, being your own boss is awesome but as good as possible, you should avoid to being your own enemy in your business. It requires self-awareness and good behavior towards the work environment. Reflecting from your close relatives, colleagues, employees, then back to yourself can be a good mirror for you to take decisions for the future – for your future business.
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