Hiring a new employee is an investment. You find the right fit, develop their talent, and then realize a return that helps your business grow. That winning formula also applies to business owners. After all, the skills you used to start your business may not be the ones it takes to sustain it. To move forward, successful entrepreneurs need to invest in their development too.
Here are three approaches to development that can help yield the return you need to grow:
Anthony Tjan suggests entrepreneurs start with self-awareness if they want to build a successful business. Knowing what makes you tick helps you better understand what you need from other people. He suggests owners increase awareness using these techniques:
Best-selling author, Hal Elrod, researched the most effective, proven development practices used by top entrepreneurs. He found that successful business owners integrate these habits into their development plan:
Just Do It
In an editorial for Entrepreneur, Steve Tobak advocates a different approach. He contends that the best personal and professional development doesn’t come from books or feel-good stories and quotes. It comes from experience.
He suggests entrepreneurs get their hands dirty by observing how things are done in the real world—right or wrong. Then, try it out. He recommends business owners combine this trial and error learning with the support of a mentor or coach.
One way to apply Tobak’s approach is to tap into the free business mentoring and education provided by SCORE. The organization reports that small businesses that receive mentoring services from one of their business experts experience higher revenue and increased growth.
Remember to invest in your professional development. It is likely to pay dividends in your growth as well as that of your business.