This group will be curated by myself, Kari Lotzien, Business & Leadership Coach and CEO of Be The Anchor. I have over 20 years experience in starting, building and successfully selling my own business. My background in occupational therapy provided formal training around setting clear goals and developing plans, mentorship, communication skills and learning to stay anchored no matter what is happening around you. I work with entrepreneurs to create the business and life they crave.
I will be meeting with every applicant individually and we will talk about what you are looking for, what your past experiences have been like in groups. What you loved and what drove you nuts. This is to help protect the quality of the conversation and make sure we have the right mix.
We are looking for visionary entrepreneurs. You know that your business is not just about making money and paying bills. It is your vehicle to make the world a little better place. You provide a service to your customers that makes their life a little better and a little easier.
But you can’t change the world if you are exhausted and drowning in emails.
This group will not be linked to certain industries – we would love to have insurance brokers, realtors, lawyers, private health clinic owners and tradespeople. The common thread is that everyone in the group is dedicated to building the “people part” of their business – customer service, building teams, improving your own leadership and communication.
This is a leadership program. We will be focusing specifically on how to be stronger and clearer leaders. Each month there will be a one hour training on a specific element of leadership. This is meant to guide discussion and reflection for the month. This will be followed by 2 mastermind sessions where members will sign up to take the middle of the dance circle – get a bit vulnerable, tell us where you are struggling and what you are looking for. You will get a combination of coaching from me along with feedback from the other members.
Look, no one wants to be the jerk complaining about the beginner in the room who’s trying to solve problems you solved years ago, nor do you want to be the top dog in the room who’s making the most money and has the most experience.
But if you’ve had those problems before, I feel you. I’ve been you.
This is a community where you can build deep, lasting connections with people who genuinely understand the challenges (and opportunities!) that come with running a business like yours.
You do get to talk about what’s hard and what is working. You still get to want something a little different, a little more, even though you’re already doing really well. And if you are still reading this far, I can guarantee you have the fortitude to do this!
Here are a few more key points to ask if this is a great fit for you…
- You are not at the start up phase where you’re trying to see if this business is actually viable.
- You might be a solopreneur or have a team but either way you are not doing everything yourself anymore. This might include outsourcing or employees. It might be going quite smoothly or you might still have that nagging thought that it is often easier to just do it yourself.
- You have worked hard but you know deep down that this level of grind and time is not sustainable long term.
- You might be seeing the impact of your business on your family or friendships.
- You might be noticing the stress taking a toll on your own health – headaches, struggles with sleeping, aches and pains, elevated blood pressure.
In this group you could admit, “Hey, I just landed a huge new contract (client/project) that I was so excited about. Now that it comes time to execute, I feel sick. I don’t have the resources to pull this off, my team is super reluctant but I don’t want to blow it. How do I get my team on board?”
Or how about, “I know that I do a great job. I am paid very well but I just don’t want to put in as many hours anymore. I thought by now things would be getting easier. Somedays, I want to pack it in.”
Or this sticky situation, “I have a team member who has been with me for years but they just don’t seem to be doing the work we need to move forward. I can’t let them go but I am getting irritated with them more and more. I feel used.”
It can be hard to find a safe space to really open up about these things when you are “captain of the ship.” You can’t talk about it with your staff. Your family and friends might not get it or give advice that is not what you are looking for. Or worse yet, they are tired of hearing you talk about work all the time.