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What’s Your Job Description?

Business owners wear multiple hats.  We do everything from collecting the cash to taking out the trash.  But as your business grows and you begin adding team members, your job function evolves.  For employees, you understand the importance of writing job descriptions — or at least you should.  Have you ever thought about writing one for yourself?

Whatever business you’re in, you most likely got started because you’re good at what you do.  However, the reality of getting a business off the ground takes you away from your true talent because there are other critical business functions that must be done.

As you start-off the New Year, think about what it is you do best for your business — the real value you bring to the table.  How much time do you spend doing that in any given day?  Eighty percent of the time?  Fifty percent?  Ten percent?  When I ask this question during my small business growth seminars, the majority of small businesses owners respond with ten percent or less.

What would be like if you could spend all your time doing those things that you do better than anyone else and that could really drive your business forward?  Not possible?  It is possible if you take the right steps.

Start by writing a job description for yourself.  Define what your job would look like if you could focus your talents on building your business.  Use your job description as the goal you want to achieve.

With your newly written job description in hand, take a look at your current team.  Do you have the right people?  Are you leveraging your human resources in the most appropriate manner?  What areas of the business do you need assistance with to free you up so you can step into your ideal job?

Some of your staff may be able to tackle additional responsibilities.  Others may need to be reassigned.  In some cases, you may realize you don’t have the right person so you’ll need to make changes accordingly.

For most entrepreneurs, a job description typically amounts to “everything else that needs to be done.”  One business owner told me CEO stands for Chief Everything Officer.   If your goal is to build a successful, sustainable business enterprise, trying to manage everything won’t get you there.  Build you team the right way, and create your ideal job.

3 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. Great advice, Susan! It’s so easy for business owners to get caught up wearing all the hats in their business and have issues delegating. That’s what’s great about having a job description — that way you can focus on the things you *should* be focusing/working on, and leave the rest to your team. You share really similar thoughts on this with Brad Farris: http://enmast.com/2011/08/business-owner-title-job-description/

  2. That Devan. I’ll take a look at Brad’s information. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy connecting with like minded people.

    Happy New Year.

  3. Susan, Thanks for the suggestion. I just wrote one for my first employee, but didn’t think to write one for me!
    *expands to do list*

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