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Building Capabilities to Get Where You Want to Be, Not a Global Advisor Overnight

September 19, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »


R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about building to where you want to be in business.

Hey folks, Shawn here with you. I want to talk about building capabilities that get to where you want to be. How do we work the stair steps to get from where we are now, build, build, build, to get to where we want to be? This is one of the biggest challenges I see entrepreneurial organizations having, is dealing with this growth path. And there’s often a misalignment, what the folks at Strategic Coach would call the gap. There’s a distance between where you’re going and where you want to be. So you’re at one level now, you want to be at another level, and the two don’t quite align. So we really want to be working for that alignment, and we need to be moving there. So we want to be very strategic.

So we talk about 10-year vision. So if you’ve seen The 3 Laws of Empowerment, or seen my other materials, we’re talking about where we want to be in 10 years, what we want the business to look like, what we want to grow into. We want a very clear idea of that. We want to know what that looks like. Once we know what that looks like, we’re working backward and building the steps.

Now, we need to be very precise about it. We need to know what’s consistent with that 10-year plan, and what’s not. Now, in the real world, things don’t happen sequentially, things happen out of order. Other people will gravitate to something sooner than later. Some people will find you differently than others. Some clients will show up and you can’t predict that exact date that that client’s going to sign on that line. Everything’s going to vary a little bit. So we want to be moving incrementally to where we want to go, being very deliberate about the steps along the way.

So, where are we now? Where do we want to be? A very clear vision of the future. Steps, but then what we want to be doing is analyzing every decision we have in light of those steps. Does it make sense? Is what we’re being offered currently consistent with where we want to be in 10 years? And if it’s inconsistent, if it’s not on the path of where we need to be in 10 years, we need to say no, we need to shut it down. We want to build to where we need to be in 10 years. So constantly looking at that vision, constantly updating that vision will make huge differences.

So if this is resonating with you, check out the McBride for Business YouTube channel, subscribe, give us some thumbs up, thumbs down if you don’t like the stuff, let us know what you’re thinking. Go over to the R. Shawn McBride Fans and Audiences pages on Facebook, like it, share it with your friends, become part of the community, build a bigger community, stronger community. We’re going to help each other. Great videos coming at you regularly there. And of course, we have McBride for Business blog at, McBride Attorneys blog at Get a free business valuation checklist at McBride for Business, tons of great resources I’m hoping that you can use. And reach out to me and let me know what you need and how I can help you, whether it’s some one-on-one coaching, a keynote, or something else. Reach out to me, love to talk to you. R. Shawn McBride signing off here.

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. Fleur Suijten.


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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 call (214) 418-0258.


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