Experienced Leaders Needed for New Problems

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

Aside from the actual labor performed, small business and subcontractors have been the backbone of the American economy.  Unfortunately, the backbone becomes very fragile and weak in turbulent times due to any number of factors: lack of training/education, insufficient credit resources, or uncertainty on how to proceed into the future.  We, as mentors, must start moving to the forefront of our industry so those in need will recognize that resources and assistance from peers is readily available.

We are constantly bombarded with constant news reports of bleak economic outlooks and uncertain times of historical proportions.  As we all enter this portion of American history together, we are faced with an interesting predicament – the vast majority of us have not experienced this situation previously.  Our ability to adapt and react to the ever changing landscape of the current economy will only be successful if we utilize all resources available.  To that end, we need positive influences – mentors and/or teachers – to help navigate through the pitfalls awaiting our arrival.

I’ve been fortunate to have two great mentors in my life.  The first is my father, who gave me the motivation to become an entrepreneur and the other I had the pleasure of workign with through CFMA’s Mentoring Program.  Not only do both have a wealth of industry knowledge to share, but they were also able to help me increase my performance and efficiency at work.  We discuss time management skills, the pros and cons of delegation, the willingness to give up control in certain areas, and how personal behavior traits may be perceived by others.  I continue to utilize all of these discussions on a weekly basis both in my professional and personal life.

The uncertain future that we all currently face, though freightening, also serves as an opportunity to take a personal inventory of our skill sets and potentially ask for assistance form peers.  Though this may seem to be a daunting task, I assure you that it will be very worthwhile if you’re honest and give it your best effort.  Everyone has a natural desire to succeed.  Who better to ask those who have had a similar opportunity previously and are able to guide us around mistakes they may have seen along the way?

“If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall in the ditch.” – Jesus Christ

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