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Be a Manager or Die

October 13, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about managing your process.

Hi, folks, Shawn here with you. Coming to you with an ultimatum, and it’s an ultimatum I don’t take lightly. And it’s really not me issuing this ultimatum; it’s the world. Either become a manager, or watch your business struggle, and/or die. It is really that simple.

You know, if we want to build great organizations and we want to do great things, we need other people involved, and we have to manage the process. We have to have systems, and we have to do it correctly. If you’re that one person out there trying to run a business all by yourself, you’re going to be riding cycles of up and down. It’s going to be hard for you to do everything and produce at the same time.

I’ve watched this happen with too many professional service companies, even in the early days of my law firm. You get busy; work comes in. You’re doing great things; your clients love you. But then a client leaves or something happens and you suddenly have an empty time, and you’re not busy. And then now you’ve got to fill it again, and then you’re working again, and you’re looking at getting marketing. And then finally a client comes along, and you’re busy, and now you’re busy again, but you’re not marketing, and so you keep riding these waves.

What are you doing to make the systems and processes happen? What are you doing to keep that business rolling forward? I really want to know that you’ve got a system and process in place, and you’re thinking more and more about how to get more done, and that’s the key. So you’ve got to become a manager. You got to grow those skills. It’s a challenge, it’s a big step forward, and it’s often a very uncomfortable transition. But it’s necessary if you want to get into what you’re great at.

We’re talking about economic specialization. You need to specialize in what you’re great at, not a bunch of ancillary activities related thereto. And your team needs to take care of those ancillary activities. And when you do that, you’re going to create greatness and economic value.

How are you doing this? What are you doing in your business? I would love to hear from you. Reach out to me, let me know how you’re dealing with this. How are you becoming a better manager? How are you growing your business? I want to hear. I want to know.

If this is something that’s resonating with you, check out the R. Shawn McBride public page on Facebook, like it, share it, and let your friends know. Get these great resources, build communities around it, enforce the things I’m talking about because I’m learning these lessons. I’ve learned them over years of experience, my clients have learned them, and I’m bringing them right to people so you don’t have to go through these hard spells. Let your teams know.

McBride For Business YouTube channel has great videos for you, has a wonderful blog on business topics like this, has a blog on legal issues, all these are great resources to help you and your business. And then, of course, you know, reach out to me, get your business valuation checklist at McBride For Business, and if I can help you with something in person, some training, coaching, speaking, helping your teams, I would love to. Let me know how I can help you. I’m here for you. R. Shawn McBride sign off, I will see you all again soon.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Christophe Libert.


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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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