Beth Jannery is CEO of Titan: Consulting & Consultant Certification – including personal advice.
When people leave the corporate world to start their own businesses, it can be seen as a risky move, especially by those who thrive on stability, routine and predictable results. But this move doesn’t have to be just for risk takers. When you’re ready to take the plunge, there are mentors and personal advisors to lean on.
Getting business help is often not easy, in part because hiring a personal advisor isn’t something most business leaders rely on in the first place. You may have the common mindset of “I am smart, I can do this alone. I don’t have to pay for that.” But asking for help is an act of humility, and getting smart and honest guidance from someone who has already walked this walk is invaluable to both you and those who work at your company.
Organize your ideas to optimize your business
The first year in business can be a bit like throwing wet sand against a brick wall: entrepreneurs try everything and see what sticks. Turning skills and ideas into an offering that delivers value can be done more easily by seeking out the expertise of a consultant rather than going alone. It’s hard out there, so having a professional behind you and not afraid to tell you when you’re off base is the kind of hard business love worth asking for.
With this niche, expert guidance from someone who is impartial and emotionally aloof, a chaotic array of cool ideas can be systematically organized and channeled into a valuable business offering that quickly generates income in the first weeks of setting up a store, when the first wins. are achieved critically. Creating a clear business focus makes work life much easier. It frees up your time — and mental space — to assess other business development directions and cultivate those important customer relationships.
For the person who is ready to make a career switch and perhaps start their own business or make some sort of change to align with their skills and values, personalized advice can aid a smooth process. Invest in yourself and consider hiring a personal advisor for at least five hours a week. Don’t do it alone – ask for that help.
Improving employee happiness and retention
Many companies struggle with employee engagement. It has become a top trend for the workforce, especially in terms of retention. One solution-focused approach for personal advisors is a monthly commission to help businesses with some of these issues. For example, a company that needs support with employee engagement might contact a consultant for a fixed number of hours to provide unhappy employees as a consultant one-on-one. This can be a meaningful solution as it shows employees that they are valued, as the investment for the personal advisor is borne by the employee’s company. It may seem like a small act, but an hour of active listening with an employee can go a long way.
The key is to offer advice weekly – or as many hourly sessions as needed – to employees before they go out the door. Personal workplace counseling is a unique and creative way for Human Resources to add a tangible tool to increase employee engagement. It’s also a selling point that Talent Acquisition can offer to attract new hires.
In these confidential sessions, the personal advisor and employee can talk about ways to strengthen their mindset to be positive and productive and ultimately create thoughts that motivate action to determine outcomes and desired outcomes. Imagine going from frustrated and ready to quit to observing patterns of thought and creating action and desired results. Situations or circumstances may or may not change, but having domain over your thoughts and actions is something you have control over.
A personal advisor is a neutral person who keeps room for someone who thinks they are better off elsewhere. Of course change can be good, but often a drastic career switch is not the answer. Together, the employee and the consultant can investigate how the current challenges can be turned around. As a result, companies save resources by eliminating the need to hire and train new employees and make employees feel valued.