Should I sign that lease?
How do I manage my business while I’m helping my wife through a health crisis?
How do I get out of a sales slump?
How do I migrate virtual workers into my employee base?
How do I hire a CFO?
Should I invest in that new piece of equipment?
How do I increase my inventory turns?
How can I manage the rising costs of benefits to my employees?
How do I negotiate the sale of my company?
How do I navigate turning more control over my daughter?
How do I generate more sales leads?
Every day – many times each day – business owners face pressing issues. Some of them are opportunities. Many are challenges. Each must be faced with confidence, but that’s hard when you’re not quite sure what to do, or how to do it…and there’s nobody you can talk with about it. It’s private stuff. Secret. Not the kind of thing you want to go broadcasting. But deep inside you wish you could run it by somebody who has your best interest at heart. Somebody you could trust to help you.
Putting pressure on the truth will change everything.
You’ve got baggage that needs to be challenged with the truth. You could dump it on your family or friends, but it wouldn’t benefit you…or them. But your mental health – and your decision making – are enhanced and dramatically improved by talking with people in a safe environment. That’s what you’ll find in the Bula Network Owners’ Alliance – a safe, supporting environment where business owners can get the support they need, and where they can offer it to other members of the Alliance.
Bula Network Owners’ Alliance, a peer advisory group exclusively for small business owners
Speed + Convenience
Business owners, particularly small business owners, are special people. They operate in a world much flatter than bigger enterprises. It’s less about their revenue. More about that flatness of their organization.
The small business owner is the #1 person. That proverbial buck stops with them. Always.
Unlike other leaders in the business world, the small business owner can’t point the finger at somebody else, or look to somebody else for the answer. Instead, they’re the ones being looked at. Other people – employees, suppliers, vendors, partners, customers – are always looking to them to solve the problem, to seize the opportunity…to make things better!
It can be lonely. A grind. Exhilarating, but daunting.
Some people are ideally suited for that zero to 60 area where an idea goes from launch to reality. But gravity’s pull is still quite strong at 60. Startup’s can struggle to escape failure’s gravitational pull. Most don’t make it, but those who do can find the next stage less thrilling and more challenging.
Building a sustainable, predictably successful business is not easy work. The slog takes a heavy toll on the owner. Many pay a high price professionally and personally. They do it willingly, mostly with enthusiasm because they’re devoted to their idea, their business. They endure the burden of leadership knowing that many people are relying on them to make the business more successful. Many dreams and aspirations hang in the balance based on the strength and resolve of the small business owner. And they wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’ve had a lifelong love affair with small business because that’s where my career started. It’s where I’ve spent my life so far…in businesses with revenues ranging from a few million bucks a year to those doing well over $100 million. I told you, it’s got less to do with a revenue amount as it does with the complexity of the org chart. That will help you understand where my heart is at and why I’m forming the Bula Network Owners’ Alliance, a peer advisory-based service designed to exclusively serve the small business owner, the #1.
Improvement. Growth. They’re not goals. They’re a process. It comes natural to me because deep down I’m an operator. We know that life is about the process because it’s how we spend our days. Fall in love with how you spend your days and it’s a great way to go. It’s also the most effective path toward accomplishment.
Some details. Nothing Hidden.
It’s not complicated. Fact is, it’s quite simple. That’s why it’s powerful.
• Yes, it’s a paid peer-advisory group comprised of 7 business owners with me heading it up. Eight of us can be vastly smarter/wiser than any one of us.
• It’s a virtual group that will meet using video conferencing technology. That means it’ll be accessible via a desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Easy. Convenient. Quick.
• We will meet twice a month for 2 hours with a hard start time and a hard stop time.
• There will be two groups to choose from: a morning group that will meet from 7am – 9am Central and an afternoon group that will meet from 4pm – 6pm Central. Together, each group will determine the best day of the week. We’ll meet every other week.
• $1797 is the quarterly (that’s right, quarterly – not monthly) investment.
• There’s no contract. There’s just magic of experiencing personal, professional and business growth.
• This is a “by invitation only.” The process isn’t painful or exhaustive, but it is intentional and purposeful.
What Am I Looking For?
• Business owners only
• People who are willing to be human
• Smart, always anxious to learn people
• Great listeners, great talkers
• Hungry to grow, get unstuck and reach new heights of success/achievement
• Fearless of accountability (and hard work)
• People committed to be among the highest achieving business owners on the planet
I’m currently interviewing small business owners to assemble the most effective group possible. Size and revenue considerations are just part of it. Don’t let your smallness or your largeness deter us from talking. I plan to make room for anybody who feels they can benefit from being inside the Bula Network Owners’ Alliance.
The video below is a brief explanation. Click that green button so we can have a phone conversation.
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Year Of The Peer Podcast with Leo Bottary – Leo shares why he started his podcast here. It’s proof of how the power of peers can elevate our accomplishments and our performance.