https://www.youraspire.com/blog/landscape-business-culture-character-is-destinyThis is the last in a six post series related to our Breakthrough Company Event at the GIE.
Are you the right leader for your landscape company? And, just as important, do you have the right team to drive breakthrough results? Now you can find out.
Take The Leadership Test
The TAIS (The Attentional and Interpersonal Style) test is designed to answer those questions. Created 30 years ago it is used to assess high performance individuals like Olympic athletes, Military commandos, and SWAT teams to predict success or failure… and ultimately to teach them how to perform under pressure consistently.
How Learning About Your Landscape Company
It turns out we are all hard-wired for behaviors and dispositions—especially entrepreneurs (See below). This hard wiring has its benefits… and drawbacks especially as a business grows. Many of these drawbacks are significant enough to make breakthrough almost impossible. So it pays to understand who you are as THE LEADER as well as the attitudes and dispositions of your management team.
How We're Evolving Our Leadership At Aspire
In fact as Aspire Software grows and we aim for our own breakthrough, the interaction between the Managing Partners, Mark and Kevin becomes very important. Can we function well together and deliver the leadership the Aspire Team needs to evolve into the organization I have outlined in the last FIVE blogs on this subject.
What Happened When We Took The Leadership Test?
Like good boys, Mark and I took the test and participated in the analysis of the results. NOTE: We are screwed! Kidding! It turns out we are well matched to the challenge we face. He and I have many complementary as well as several key reinforcing strengths. This was not only interesting but essential for us to know as it allows us to focus on what we need to do to lead.
We intend to work with our managers with the TAIS to assess their alignment and determine what we need to do to develop into a high performance unit. We are excited by the possibilities and we see the TAIS as an essential tool to help us.
What's Your Entrepreneurial Hard-Wiring?
It turns out that entrepreneurs share many common traits that are inherent in their hard-wiring. Some of them are functional and some become dysfunctional as the company grows. The key for you is to understand which are which… Here's that list:
- They are great at figuring stuff out
- They can change direction at the drop of a hat
- They can juggle a lot of balls at once
- If there is a shot at the buzzer… they want the ball in their hands
- They are driven, driven, driven
- They are loyal to a fault
I don't have space to tell you the pros and cons and the killer dysfunctions here. For that you need to read the book and take the test.