|By Kevin Dee,
Chairman of the Board at Eagle
Eagle has been working with independent contractors for more than twenty years. One of the challenges that any business owner faces is in personal development and it is particularly tough for the owner of a one person business. If “the business” is taking time out for training, then it is not making money and a second issue is that the business also has to pay for training.
When I started Eagle I had a similar dilemma, how do I continue to learn about running a business and still do my day job.
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” Anthony J D’Angelo
Here are some ideas:
Read! It seems obvious … but so few people do it! I love the Executive Book Summaries because they are an 8 page (20 minute read) synopsis of some of the greatest business books. A very affordable annual fee lets me download pdf files that I print and read when I have a few minutes between meetings or when I’m traveling! I also subscribe to Harvard Business Review which produces short, very informative and relevant documents that keep me thinking, give me ideas and help me to stay relevant.
Network! I started a small group of fellow CEOs that gathered on a monthly basis to share stories and collectively grow. There are many existing groups that provide the same experience. Over the years I have belonged to numerous such groups .. including the group of CEOs who ride motorcycles! If you are an independent contractor why not start your own networking group?
Online Training. In recent years there has been an explosion of available, and free or very affordable, training online. Sites such as Coursera and others like it have great training in a plethora of subjects.
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F Kennedy
My advice to any business owner, particularly the independent operator …invest a little in yourself and you differentiate from almost everyone else!