You know about summers – no schedules, just right! Road trips, pool parties, family visits, late nights by the fire…. and lots of weddings. Summers are supposed to be flexible (except for the wedding dates; we’re firm on those ;-))!! But a few years ago, Susie and I embraced the flexibility so much that we gave up on our weekly meetings. It just felt like an entire afternoon could be better used catching up on work than meeting!
You know what we found at the end of that summer? Even with an “extra” afternoon of work time every week, we had accomplished very little. Worse, we had no direction. We just couldn’t figure out what track the business was on – we didn’t even feel like we were at the wheel. Susie was the one who diagnosed the problem at our big catchup meeting and it was so clear to me that she was right!!
So that’s how I ended up on my deck last Wednesday morning with a cup of coffee, 150 pages under my right thumb (none under my left thumb yet), while the kids ran around doing and eating whatever they wanted. I had a meeting with Susie at 2pm. There are some places we’d like to grow our business, so at the previous week’s meeting, we had agreed to each read a book relating to those areas of growth.
I’ll be honest. I only got through about 60 pages. Because, apparently, there was exactly one place on our entire property that Nicholas could be happy and that was on my lap.
BUT! That 60 pages and our resulting conversation generation enough action items to keep us busy through the last 10 days. We’ve made a couple of key additions to our workflow that I hope will spur some real growth over the next year or two.
That’s how it goes. Of course, we show each other grace. Susie just laughed when I told her how short I had fallen in my reading. BUT the accountability at least keeps us going forward. Without this partnership, if I as running this business on my own, I know this entire summer would have rushed by, leaving my dreams for the next stage of business in the dust. This way, we keep going. Sometimes it’s slow, sure, but at least we keep going in the right direction.
Yay for teamwork! (Excuse the phone photos – these are what I texted Susie that morning!!)