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Posted on 04-22-2011

The hardest workers and most dedicated employees I know are small business owners.  Hard work and dedication are essential elements for success.   For small business owners, however, being an employee rather than an employer is not an essential element for success.  In fact, it can be a detriment.  This is in reference to the business owners that have bought themselves a job.  
Business owners who operate their business from the mentality of an employee had difficulty directing and leading their business into the future.   

Once I saw a recently hired Director of Information Systems at a large public organization, leave his office to go fix a server that had shut down.  Rather that send some of his lead technical staff to find and remedy the issue, he decided to fix it himself.  Immediately, the CEO realized he had hired the wrong person for a leadership position.  He had hired a very knowledgeable technician with a worker mentality when he needed to have a technically knowledgeable person with a CEO mentality.  

Likewise, many small business owners operate as the chief employee rather than a chief executive.  It takes a Chief Executive to lead and grow the business.  Hard working and dedicated employees get the job done best when under the direction of a good executive.     
Becoming an effective small business owner is not only a matter of having essential business systems in place, but also operating the business from an Executive Leadership mentality.

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