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  • Larissa Summers


When we implement the Clockwork system, devised by Mike Michalowicz, in our business, it's crucial to recognize that we're moving towards a future where our business operates independently of our constant involvement. The ultimate objective is to achieve a state where we can take a 4-week vacation from our business, allowing the team to function autonomously. However, this transition can be challenging for several reasons. We're likely to encounter criticism from clients, staff, and business partners, but perhaps the most significant resistance comes from within ourselves.

In many ways, we view our business as akin to a child. We nurtured it from its infancy and invested considerable effort into fostering its independence. Yet, when our business reaches a point where it no longer requires our constant attention, our instinct is to hover and maintain a tight grip on its operations. We feel compelled to insert ourselves into every aspect of its functioning to reaffirm our significance.

While acknowledging our importance to the business, as we progressively implement Clockwork principles, our value shifts from being primarily task-oriented to focusing more on strategic design and direction. Our role evolves into one of marketing, networking, and proactively anticipating the technological shifts that could disrupt our business.

Consider the analogy of a star football player nearing the end of their career. Despite years of being the top performer, the reality of aging and stiffening competition necessitates a shift. Do they persist until they risk injury, or do they gracefully transition into a coaching role? Similarly, transitioning to a designing role may initially seem counterintuitive. Unlike playing the game, coaching demands strategic foresight and the ability to plan actions well in advance. While it may not be as physically demanding, it requires a high level of mental acuity.

Recognizing when we become a potential liability to our business is crucial. In such instances, it's imperative to reassess our systems and be prepared to step in when emergencies arise.

Addressing concerns from business partners and colleagues is essential. Their initial skepticism is understandable, considering that Clockworking goes against the grain of a productivity-focused culture. However, through demonstration and involving them in trial runs where others assume some of our day-to-day responsibilities, we can gradually convince them of the benefits of transitioning from doing to designing.

Moreover, maintaining open communication with vendors, staff, and clients is paramount. As the ultimate authority on the vision and direction of our business, it's our responsibility to communicate our strategic shifts clearly. Fortunately, by implementing robust systems, we free up time to engage in networking and marketing activities, thus fostering deeper relationships with all stakeholders.

Our Clockwork coaching program is now available, with limited slots. Whether you're a newcomer to Sooter Consulting or an existing client looking to enhance the clarity we provide regarding your finances, don't hesitate to reach out for a clarity call today!


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