Recently I had a discussion with our B2Be Excellent! group. The concept of “legacy” came up. This is one of my hot buttons. In fact, it’s one of my core values so it probably bears some explanation.
First, let’s discuss what being “legacy-focused” as a business builder is NOT:
So, then, what does it mean to be “legacy-focused” as a business builder?
First, it might include a combination of the above (except that it never includes #5)
It begins with knowing why and where you’re headed. (You gotta do the purpose & vision work)
Is followed by building a strategy with goals, milestones and action steps. The PLAN.
Making decisions, solving problems and taking action based on your strategy which was build out of your vision and is driven by your purpose.
Let me repeat and say it another way: Your actions are consistent with where you want to take your business. EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY.
This last point (#5) is the discussion (OK-maybe it turned into more of a lecture but this IS one of my 3 or 4 core values. It’s intensely important to me!!!!)I was having with the B2Be group. In this group all of our clients are business owners, or larger companies in some cases. It’s in that context that I was speaking. I was suggesting that it’s our responsibility as business advisors to help our clients understand the difference between growing a “legacy-focused” business and one that is not AND to help them be sure that, regardless of the choice they make, their actions and expectations are consistent with that choice.
This is where I see the problems.