I recently had a really interesting meeting with a hugely talented woman who works for herself. She does the most wonderful work. But she’s struggling to stay motivated and to hit targets, to manage her clients and develop her business.
In our discussion, I asked if she needed a business mentor or a coach. She was clear: this is about managing herself. She knows the business inside out; she knows better than almost anyone how to do what she does. But she needs to manage herself better.
Often we assume that management is about how we get what we need out of other people. It’s not. It’s always about how we manage ourselves. And no-one else can do that.
In the end, the only resource I have to offer the world, or my family, or my business, or my friends is myself. Am I learning to develop and use that resource?