I remember going to an interview once and they asked me what my current boss would say in my reference, I replied, he’d say “you can’t have her, I don’t want her to leave”. They laughed.
I always think that being a boss, is a bit like being the England Manager, everyone always thinks they can do the job better than the person doing it. Being the boss can be a tough and thankless job! We’ve all had bosses who have been amazing and who we feel have shaped and moulded our careers and then there’s those who have been hopelessly over promoted and you wonder how they manage to get out of bed in a morning let alone manage a team. If you’re a boss, which category do you fall into?
Running your own business is incredibly glamourous, you get to work the hours you choose, take your holidays when you want to…. It’s a sense of freedom you don’t get with other jobs! Oh no wait…. It’s not like that at all! The reality is, running your own business means working long hours, sometimes 7 days a week, being on constant call for your clients and you can end up doing everything! Including the hiring and managing of staff.
How much time have you given to putting together a succession plan for your business?