How Visionaries Can Guard Against Business Mousetraps
Visionaries are a rare breed of individuals who have the power to inspire, innovate and create a future that others can only dream of.
With a bold vision and an unwavering spirit, they can inspire their team to greatness and drive innovation and growth like no other.
Still, even the boldest and brightest leaders will inevitably stumble along the way.
Through years of experience working with visionaries, we’ve nailed down a list of Achilles heels we often identify in these hard-charging entrepreneurs.
In the words of John C. Maxwell, “There are two kinds of learning: experience, which is gained from your own mistakes, and wisdom, which is learned from the mistakes of others.”
So buckle up for some borrowed wisdom to help you avoid the potholes on the road ahead!
Here are seven of the most common pitfalls that can trip up Visionaries …
1. Shiny Penny Syndrome.
Visionaries tend to have a million and one ideas swirling in their minds at any given moment. Their mind is always on the next big thing … Often before they (or their team) has had an opportunity to bring the previous brilliant idea to life.With all that energy and forward-thinking creativity, it’s not surprising they may have a hard time prioritizing it all, which can lead to scattered efforts and a struggle to execute.
That’s where our favorite dream team comes into play! Partnering a Visionary with an Integrator who lives and thrives in the world of systems, processes, and structure helps fill in the gaps … Without killing their all-important creative spirit.
Paired with a structured process for scheduling daily tasks, it’s a game changer for helping Visionaries avoid chasing squirrels … And move the needle on the priorities that really matter in their business.
2. Failure to Delegate.
Common words that describe Visionaries are “idea-driven” “go-getters,” and “movers and shakers” … Which are all incredible qualities to have as an entrepreneur!The thing that makes them so unique is their ability to see a vision with crystal clear clarity. Yet, it’s this very talent that often makes delegation a struggle. They may fear that others won’t be able to interpret their vision in quite the same way.It’s a delicate balance – holding on to the vision while also letting go of control.
On the other hand, for some entrepreneurs the issue isn’t about relinquishing control; it’s about the lack of effort put into orchestrating the delegation process.
In other words, they abdicate instead of delegate.
They want tasks handled yesterday, and in their haste, they pass the baton to someone else without properly setting up the game plan.
There are proven structures that can aid us in mastering the art of delegation.
With these in place, we unlock access to a world where we can tap into a reserve of time and energy that fuels our creativity and allows us to live life in our sweet spot.
Simply put … Delegation equals freedom in our business.
3. Sloppy communication.We’ve all heard of the classic game “telephone” and witnessed a message travel through a chain of people, only to discover that at the end … It bears little resemblance to its original state.If a simple phrase can become butchered, imagine how complex business strategies will turn out!
Entrepreneurs may start off with a clear vision in their own mind, but if they’re unable to clearly articulate it, the Integrator will struggle to translate that into a tactical plan that can be executed upon. What was once a brilliant idea could end up falling by the wayside, leading to missed opportunities and lost profits.
4. Lack of patience.
Visionaries often approach the development of their ideas as a sprint rather than a marathon, eager to race towards their goals with a sense of urgency.However, this sense of urgency can sometimes lead to impatience, which can cause them to overlook important details or rush through critical processes.Just like literal sprinters, visionaries who rush into action without checking their systems can end up stumbling and tripping all over themselves.
The time it takes to recover from catastrophe is often far greater than the time it takes to prepare.
It can be beneficial for us as leaders to take a slow down to go faster approach.
5. Struggle to adapt.
Visionaries sometimes have trouble balancing short-term and long-term goals at the same time. They often live in the future vs the now which impacts agility.They can benefit greatly from surrounding themselves with individuals who bring a diverse range of perspectives and skill sets to the table.This enables them to see problems from different angles and develop innovative solutions that they may not have thought of otherwise.
By embracing diversity, visionaries can foster a culture of inclusivity and creativity, leading to greater adaptability and success in an ever-changing business landscape.
6. Lack of self-awareness.
Visionary leaders are known for their unwavering confidence and self-assurance, but sometimes that can translate into an unwillingness to acknowledge their own shortcomings.When leaders are blind to their own flaws, they miss out on valuable opportunities for growth and improvement.It takes extreme ownership and a willingness to receive feedback to become a well-respected leader.
7. Difficulty empathizing.
Though often compared to cogs in a well-oiled machine, or wheels of a bus all working in unison to achieve a common goal, visionary leaders need to be mindful that their team is made up of people …Our teams aren’t solely a means to achieve our visions and goals. They are individuals with their own goals, desires, fears, and motivators. As leaders, it’s important for us to understand what drives them so we can motivate and inspire them to reach their full potential.
“Life is the dance between what you desire most, and what you fear most.” -Tony Robbins
A lack of empathy breeds a culture of “quiet-quitting,” ultimately depriving our business of the oxygen it needs to flourish.
At Organize to Scale™, we use the DISC Personality Assessment along with a Visionary Test to answer the question … How can we avoid a lack of communication and making assumptions based on how you feel and poorly reading of the room?
Our Business Growth Coach, who is DISC Certified, can help you provide clarity and improve the mission critical element of communications by knowing you and your audience.
You’re invited to schedule a Business Growth Audit including digesting your DISC and Visionary Test results too! Click here to schedule right now >>