Are Owner-Dependent Companies Successful?
There are many examples of famously successful Rainmakers. Hockey player Wayne Gretsky is an example of this. As one of the best hockey players of all time, he carried the scoring responsibility for his team. However, without him, the team’s performance was drastically different. In fact, even though he was ranked the #1 player of all time NHL leaders, his team actually never made it to the playoffs. This is a powerful picture of how you can be incredibly good at what you do, but this skill may not lead your team (or business) the success you desire.
What Does It Mean To Architect Your Business?
There is another type of business owner. Let’s call her The Architect. She too is good at selling and influencing others, but she invests those skills in building sales and marketing systems. These systems include sales processes, marketing funnels, and branding initiatives. The Architect is focused building a successful marketing and selling system. She is not limited to the numbers of hours in the day. Instead, she can design a marketing funnel and hire and train sales people to do the selling. These projects have a longer payback time, so they do not provide the instant gratification of quick sale.
When you begin to step out of the quick sale model of being a Rainmaker, it can feel counterintuitive. You won’t necessarily get the results you’re used to. However, as you develop processes that include marketing funnels, a true sales process, and branding initiatives, you’ll be able to break through that revenue ceiling. Instead of your business’ growth being capped by your personal capacity, your system and team will be able to contribute to more growth and success overall.
How Do You Transition from Rainmaker to Architect In Your Business?
There are nine key strategies you can use to make the transition away from Rainmaker and towards Architect.
- Design marketing funnels that work while you sleep.
- Document your sales process.
- Hire salespeople use to selling products.
- Limit complexity.
- Avoid customizing.
- Set up your salespeople as experts.
- Never attend a customer meeting alone.
- Create customer testimonials.
- Offer guarantees.
All of these strategies will empower your team to take on more responsibility in your business. Additionally, your customers will know what to expect no matter who they interact with.
Why Becoming and Architect Is Important
Great business owners aren’t born with business knowledge. The successful ones studied, practiced, and mastered the art and science of business leadership, leverage, planning, and measurement. If you happen to have “Business Owner” as one of the jobs you need to perform, you will need to learn the skills of business ownership in addition to the skills of your profession. When you add the skill of architecting your business, you’ll be able to stop spending all your time working “in” your business. This means you will no longer have to constantly think about work, and you can even take time off without bringing work along. Instead of working long hours and feeling like you never accomplish enough, you’ll be able to finish your tasks with time to spare. You’ll be able to move from being strapped for time and cash to having more than enough of both.
Need Some Help?
If becoming the architect of your business sounds great in theory, but you have no idea how to make it happen, don’t worry! Here at Business Growth Curator, we support owners of small businesses in growing their leadership, developing their teams, and scaling their businesses. If you haven’t already, head over to our Facebook group. Then, schedule a 10 minute strategy call with one of our consultants. This free call will help you see how we can partner with you to accomplish your business goals!