Getting the right team

I had a difficult time last week getting some technology to work.

I was sent a shopping list for a very complex flight simulator so we can get people experiencing the joy of flight in our flying car.

Forty-eight hours before I needed to be at an event I was sent the list — without instructions.

Several thousand dollars later, I had some interesting looking boxes and a big problem.

Like most entrepreneurs or ambitious people, I did what I can do well, my best. It wasn’t quite good enough, but it was close.

Also, like most entrepreneurs, I am not willing to give up the reins too easily, so I read, researched, googled and, well, hoped I could find a solution before the event. 

The difficulty an entrepreneur faces is in giving up control. It is the point where we submit our grand plan to someone else to execute. Without learning to give up, you generally won’t get far.

We can only do so much on our own. 

The skill required in building a team is not to be sneezed at. Many times, wrong appointments to key positions in your business lead to cost overruns or sales losses, neither of which is cool.

But in time, a good entrepreneur can learn to become a good CEO.

For me, my salvation came in the form of a tech-savvy visitor to the show.

“Here is my simulator,” I said.

“Cool can I try it,” he asked.

“No, I replied, it does not work yet."

Well, you get the picture. A few sentences later, he was sitting in my seat making a whole pile of changes and badda boom, badda bing, I had a working simulator. 

The answer to the problem: When the student is ready the teacher will appear.

The challenge is maintaining your status as a student when you are the CEO and hiring competent staff to fill the void.


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Mark has been an entrepreneur for over forty years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and aspects of business. He was one of the youngest people to be appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Sales and Marketing Management before he left the UK in 1988.

His column focuses on ways we can improve on success in our lives. Whether it is business, relationships, or health, Mark has a well-rounded perspective on how to stay focused for growth and development.

His influences come from the various travels he undertakes as an adventurer, philanthropist and keynote speaker. More information can be found on Mark at his website www.markjenningsbates.com

He is a Venture Partner with www.DutchOracle.com a global Alternative Investment company.

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