About four years ago I was having lunch with my mentor and Sales Lead Management Association Board member Michael Alexander. We were discussing some common traits I was experiencing with several of my clients when Michael said, “You have to understand Jim, these entrepreneurs believe that if there were four more just like them in the company they wouldn’t need anyone else."
It was a burst of enlightenment when I realized that this is the common trait that many entrepreneurs have. They are driven and bright and innovative and aggressive and always trying new things and they’d be more successful if they could just find more people like them.
In some instances, these entrepreneurs have gone on to create much larger companies, which they eventually sell and then return to their roots by starting another company. In many cases they have a small business that will not grow beyond a certain point and it just makes a living for the owner. They often think they are the smartest person in the room, and most often they are right.
So, what’s my point? The point is you will learn from them. Some of my greatest stories and leadership tips have come from working for risk taking, opinionated, bold, impatient, idea laden people who keep looking for a few more people just like them.