An entrepreneur is no different from any of us at work in terms of the attitude that one needs for success. Learn and apply these entrepreneurial mantras!
Changing your mindset is not always easy but it could result in self growth and open up a whole new world. Subha Chandrasekaran, had over 15 years of business experience before she started her own venture, Rainkraft Creative Solutions six years ago. Here she shares some of the essential entrepreneurial skills she learned along the way which she feels could help corporate employees as well.
The art of delegation
One of the first things that happens when you become a young or first time manager is that you need to start delegating better. An entrepreneur soon realises that this is the essential need of the hour. While the value you provide at your business are your ideas, and your decisions, you don’t need to execute every step of the way. Similarly, at work, you need to figure out your delegation style.
You should definitely do this so that you can free up some time to network or strategies or even make the time to think afresh. This shouldn’t be too hard to do as you will have a team you can turn to and depend on. Delegation is important because you have to create time for yourself to get to the next level of work. It is a way of improving your own value and skills in what you bring to the position. Look at it as growing professionally and contributing even more.
In the corporate workplace, many of us forget this important point. You must be consistently and constantly in touch with your industry peers. It is necessary in terms of your own skill building, in terms of what is happening in the market, and what other companies are doing as well. It is also a good way to grow your own team. For instance, you may know people in your organisation but it is important to learn to connect with similar people in the same sector in another organisation. Find out who is good to bring on board, who is available to be hired.
If you are in technology, look at others who are on similar platforms like Accenture Vaahini, where you can connect with peers and mentors from different fields. When you have a certain idea, you have other people you can bounce ideas off. This becomes an important support group. By not doing this you are losing out on a large opportunity. It doesn’t matter which level you are in. Find peers in other organisations, look at online forums, groups or LinkedIn groups. Ensure you’re always updated with what is happening in your space, so to speak. Once again, it’s about bettering yourself.
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Don’t get stuck in a rut. Get out of the mindset of “I’ve always done this before, or been in this role”. Be willing to experiment a little. All companies allow for this but employees take fewer risks. Question different ways by which you can get a particular task done, take ownership. Convince somebody that it will work. Risk taking only comes when you truly mentally own that work. Otherwise you're only following a template with a specific result. The person who needs convincing the most, is perhaps yourself!
Believe in yourself
Keep trying but also remember that you have to be able to get up if you fall. If you have a new idea, you should be truly committed to it and you will not want to let anyone down. Make that your goal. Also remember that (and an entrepreneur knows this well), sometimes you also have to realise when you need to quit on an idea and move onto the next. Get feedback and forge ahead. Set a target for yourself and understand what your own picture of success is and if you’re meeting it. Resilience plays a key role in this.
Subha says that incorporating an ‘entrepreneur-like’ mindset can help bring about better ownership of work. It will add a purposeful outcome to your work and help in better synergies between yours and your organization’s purpose. She says that, “If you don’t believe in the outcome, you are not giving it your all.”