Everyone, as you would expect and know, have different characteristics that make up their personality. No two people are the same. These characteristics are unique identifiers within our own social groups. Even though no two people are the same, it is possible to see characteristics which are generally common in a certain geographic area or occupations.
For example, Albertans, when compared to other Canadians, are considered to be risk takers and are willing to try new things. Being an accountant, we are considered to be structured process-based thinkers, well organized, and more introverted then the norm. Why is that accountants, generally, have comparable personalities? Personally, I believe that is in the training we go through, and the roles that we are tasked to do. It would be rather hard to complete an audit if you are scatter brained.
Entrepreneurs do not come from a certain background. There are entrepreneurs who have a background in accounting, marketing, or even ditch digging! Successful entrepreneurs do have common trait that is often overlooked. They are able to keep level headed.
The ability to stay level headed, allows a rational thought process to take over, and analyze data while others are trying to avoid having the sky fall on them, is an important trait. Very rarely you will be warned if a decision can be a deciding factor for the future of your firm. It is something that is learned only when looking in the rear view mirror.
Remember to keep your wits about you when tensions are rising. You may be able to identify opportunities or threats that no one else notices.
How did you react the last time you found yourself in a pressure cooker? What would you do differently? Please share so we can all learn from it.
Have a great week!
Kevin MacDonald is a Business Consultant at L6S Business Consulting Inc (www.L6SBC.ca). L6S offers services in management consulting, Controller and CFO contracting, and lean management with either project work or teaching/mentoring of staff. Kevin has his CMA accounting designation along with a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.
Kevin is active in the community by volunteering for different groups and donates platelets at the Canadian Blood Services clinic on a bi-weekly basis.