If you find spending time in long boring meetings uninspired, would rather do something tangible than write a 40 page report or prefer to be accountable for the results you achieve rather than constantly deferring decisions to a higher authority. You may want to consider entrepreneurship and doing your own thing.
Like most things in life “being the boss” is a double edge sword which cuts both ways. If you thought being the boss meant you are only accountable to yourself you will probably be wrong. Every boss has a boss; President to board, board member to chair and chair to shareholders.
Making decisions is a bit like traveling with work for the first time. In the beginning it is a fun filled adventure, travel excitement and lots of fun. After a while the novelty wears off and travel (while still fun) becomes more like work. Long line ups at the airport, delayed or cancelled flights, lots of time away from the family, all while living out of a suite case. Making decisions as “the boss” is a lot like that. In the beginning freedom to make decisions is exhilarating ... then after a while having someone to bounce ideas off and that sober second thought of a third party become more important. Even if you are in business by yourself having advisers, mentors or a peer group is essential.
The great thing about being the boss in your own business is the freedom to get stuff done. While every boss has a boss you still set the strategy and deliver the results. If you are action oriented and results driven being the boss is more empowering than being an employee.
On that note we’ll have more details on our Government to Startup program to announce next week. Please feel free to email me ian[at]thecodefactory[dot]ca for more information.
“You are the boss” means making difficult decisions in a timely fashion, being accountable and getting results.”
- Ian Graham