Your personal vision
There are many business articles and blogs that analyse why personal relationships in business are beneficial. What I want to touch on is a little deeper being the importance of a personal vision for a SME business owner and how that relates to their business vision.
Many businesses have a business plan that includes operational strategies that underpin the culture, structure and vision of the business. What is usually lacking is the business owner’s personal vision which should be supported by the business. The personal vision sits right at the tip of the Business Triangle.
The business must provide the business owner with:
- The lifestyle that they want
- Enough time to enjoy it
- The cash to afford it
- A valuable, saleable business asset
- An outlet to develop the business owners skills
If the business owner is clear on what they want to get out of life they can more effectively manage their business by aligning a business vision that is supportive through strategy and operational execution. An example from my experiences working with SME business owners is the pain point of not enough personal time to have a life (which is quite common). They didn’t have a personal vision and hadn’t associated that Business is Personal – meaning the business is there to support their personal vision. Once a clear personal vision had been set we could work on the areas of the business that needed to change to support that personal vision.
The business is not the driver with the business owner being the vehicle to drive the business to the business vision…it is the other way around.
The simplest way to prepare a personal vision is to do some critical thinking about you and what you want to get out of your life. Focus on the following areas:
Summarise your critical thinking and prepare a one page document, dated 5 years from now, in the 1st person, that illustrates how you are living your life with reference to the above 8 areas (only mention the most relevant and impactful areas). Sign it off as a commitment, review it routinely and note where you have chosen to edit your path.
The next stage is to review your business vision, culture, structure and operational strategies to ensure that they align and support your personal vision.