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Do You Need an Outsider?

May 23, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

Running a business can be tough when you’re on the inside.

I’ve talked in previous blogs about taking time away from work ( and disconnecting from the business ( I’ve also talked about women in business and how as a man I may see things differently ( for their benefit. For the good of your business, sometimes you need to step outside or bring in an outsider.

Your business probably will benefit.

Why? Because outsiders see things differently. They see things you don’t see because they’re not connected in the same way. They’re not there every day. They’re dealing with different issues. They’re learning different things. They’re in different industries. It’s all about those differences.

An insider sees things like those around them. It’s the normal. An outsider sees things more objectively. An outsider looks at the big picture and how things fit together, if they do. Maybe something’s working well for others and would work well for you, but you’re so caught up in the daily grind that you don’t see it.

What are your thoughts? Do you believe having somebody with a different perspective might help? Maybe it makes sense to bring somebody in to review your business. A friend or a consultant or someone with a different experience may offer ideas that make your business better. Has an outsider helped your business? What would you do in the future? Join us in the comments below.

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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. Ben Cameron.

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