It’s Friday afternoon. You are finally ready to take the plunge and leave corporate life behind. You walk out of your long time job, say goodbye to all of your friends, and head out to the unknown. Or maybe, it’s Friday afternoon and you are called in to the boss’s office. You are told, along with 50 other people, that your job has ended, and your services are no longer required. You are escorted from the building. You are now facing an uncertain future.
In either situation, you have choices to make.
Like it or not, you are now the CEO of YOU.ORG
This new organization needs a whole new skill set based around organizational leadership for entrepreneurs.
- Financial Skills
- Leadership Skills
- Entrepreneurial Skills
- Platform and Marketing Skills
- Organization and Management Skills
While formal business management training may be useful, you need to get up to speed fast armed with the latest technology and research. You need to know how to navigate the marketplace and find your unique niche.
While some of the ideas can be daunting at first, the main thing you need to get started is a little inspiration. I have five resources that you can buy for under $100, that will help you get up to speed fast.
1. Financial Skills: Now that you are on your own, one of the first areas of concern is money management. Talk show host, Dave Ramsey, takes a no nonsense approach in his book, The Total Money Makeover. You’ll learn how to get out of debt, create a budget, and plan for your financial future. He’ll help you make intelligent financial decisions.
2. Leadership For Entrepreneurs: Dave Ramsey has over 20 years of practical business wisdom from the trenches to help you build your leadership skills as an entrepreneur. He will show you how hire employees, build a team, and set a vision. His new book, EntreLeadership, will give you the courage and insight to make wise business decisions.
3. Create Your Own Startup: For as little as $100, Chris Guillebeau will show you how you can start your own profitable business. With over 1500 examples refined down into 50 case studies, Chris has distilled these startup techniques into a workbook that can help you quickly get up to speed. He shows you how to lead a life of adventure, meaning and purpose.
4. Create A Platform: In today’s world, it’s not enough to just start a business, you have to actively promote it. To do this, you need to build your own platform. In his insightful new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, leadership expert Michael Hyatt shows you how to create your own unique brand and share it with the world.
5. Get Things Done: In his classic work, author David Allen, presents his breakthrough methods for stress-free performance and increased productivity in his popular book, Getting Things Done. He’ll show you how to do it, delegate it, defer it, or drop it. He’ll help you get more done in less time, with a minimum of stress. Just the thing you need to get your new business off the ground.
Overall: These five helpful organizational leadership resources will help you take your business ideas and turn them into reality.