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5 Signs Your Growing Business Needs A Second-In-Command

Visionary: Are you feeling the weight of managing your growing business all by yourself? If so, you're not alone. The path of a thriving business, especially one that has tasted the rush of growth, is paved with challenges and opportunities. But as your business evolves, a singular question emerges: When is the right moment to bring in a trusted second-in-command? 

A second-in-command is an integrator who will drive your company goals to reality. This role isn't merely about backup – it's about having a strategic partner adept at operational dynamics who can help you sculpt a thriving, efficient, and profitable business. 

While there will be several signs your growing business needs a second-in-command, the most apparent sign will be: When managing day-to-day operational tasks and areas of your organization begin getting in the way of your ability to grow your company. 

5 Telltale Signs You Might Need a Second-in-Command

The truth is that successfully scaling a company is a heavy lift. Every Visionary CEO will eventually hit a point in their business growth where wearing all the hats just isn’t feasible anymore. Yet, far too often, entrepreneurs who are used to doing everything on their own in their business will push their limits on how much of that business burden they can carry alone. 

The problem with this is that when the weight of every decision, every task, and every direction falls on your shoulders – BURNOUT is just around the corner. Not to mention the fact that the added weight of daily operations can blur where your primary focus should be as the Visionary and CEO of your business, which is on GROWTH. 

If you want to avoid missing significant opportunities to grow and scale your company – you’ll need to watch for these five signs your growing business needs a second in command. 

#1 - Your Business Has Taken On a Life of Its Own

Remember when you had a firm grip on every thread of your venture? When every client's name, every project detail, and every dollar spent was at your fingertips? Fast forward to now: has your business grown so much that it seems to pulse with a life of its own? 

Every entrepreneur beams with pride when their brainchild grows beyond expectations. But that growth can be a double-edged sword. On one side, you're achieving the financial milestones that once seemed distant. On the flip side, this success introduces a myriad of operational challenges that demand more than your solo oversight. 

When days feel like a blur of decisions, tasks, and responsibilities, and strategic planning for further growth feels like a distant dream, it's a telltale sign. Ignoring this sign and steering the ship alone during this phase can stifle the very growth you've worked so hard to achieve. It’s time to introduce a second-in-command to break through this plateau and ensure your business continues its upward trajectory. They can manage the multifaceted day-to-day operations, letting you harness your visionary prowess to chart the course for further growth ahead.

#2 - You’re Missing the "Good Old Days"

Remember when your business was just an idea fueled by passion and the thrill of what could be? As it has grown, do you sometimes find yourself missing those "good old days" when decisions were quicker, the stakes seemed lower, and every win felt monumental? 

In the early stages of your business, you had the liberty to chase passion projects, innovate, and focus on the big-picture strategies that fueled your entrepreneurial spirit. Now, you find yourself buried under a pile of administrative tasks, logistical nightmares, and managerial duties. Instead of forging ahead with groundbreaking ideas, you're spending days bogged down in the minutiae. And the excitement of those early days feels distant. 

While it’s natural to feel nostalgic, especially when current growth challenges feel overwhelming, if that nostalgia is tinged with burnout and the weight of mounting responsibilities, it should be a wake-up call. You shouldn't have to pine for the past. Instead, with the right support structure, you can shape a present where you connect with your passion, and your business thrives as a result. Entrusting operational tasks to a second-in-command can help you find balance again, letting you relive some of that initial enthusiasm while confidently steering your business forward.

#3 - The Daily Grind is Dimming Your Visionary Genius

Do you remember the last time you enjoyed a weekend purely for relaxation, went on a vacation, or spent a completely uninterrupted evening dedicated to your loved ones? Are late nights at the office (even a virtual office) becoming the norm? Are you sensing the distance growing in your personal relationships? 

Work-life balance isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a necessity for holistic well-being. As your business grows and demands more, personal commitments like family time, hobbies, and self-care shouldn’t be the casualty. If your mind and time are perpetually occupied with business when it should be reserved for your personal life, it’s a red flag that you can’t afford to ignore. 

Time is a precious resource that you can’t earn back. Don’t allow your most precious resource to go to waste. A capable second-in-command can free up your time by streamlining and managing operations for you, enabling you to invest your time in recharging, rekindling relationships, and enjoying the moments in life that truly matter. 

#5 - You're Running on Fumes

Do you catch yourself glancing at the clock, counting down the minutes to rest, only to find another mound of tasks awaiting? Are you missing the energy and zeal that once propelled you through marathon days, and now every challenge feels like an uphill battle?

It's undeniable: every Visionary CEO has a limit. Pushing beyond your energy threshold not only takes a toll on your well-being but also risks the vitality and momentum of your business. A clouded, exhausted mind can overlook opportunities, delay decisions, and inadvertently stall progress.

If you're constantly feeling drained, with days blending into nights, it's a telltale sign. Introducing a second-in-command can be the catalyst to rejuvenate your energy. Let them tackle the operational intricacies, freeing you to regain your strength to focus on the bigger picture – crafting the vision and strategy that will define your business's future.

Are You a Visionary Feeling the Weight of Your Growing Business?

If you’re noticing that opportunities are slipping through your fingers, your best hours are being spent putting out fires, and your growth-focused Visionary CEO mindset is being stifled, it’s time to hire a second-in-command before you burn, max out, OR BOTH. 

Just as a captain needs their first mate, you need someone reliable by your side – a trusty second-in-command who can compliment your Visionary genius. You Need a Second-In-Command Who Will:

  • Take the reins on daily operations, ensuring a seamless flow in projects, marketing, and team management – freeing you from having to manage the day-to-day activities.
  • Complement your Visionary strengths and gracefully cover any gaps.
  • Serve as your go-to brainstorming partner, sharing insights that can transform your strategies into realities.
  • Passionately drive your business forward, executing your business plans and optimizing resources to accomplish your goals.
  • Prioritize your company's vision and core values, ensuring your team is aligned and focused.
  • Step in, ensuring your business doesn’t miss a beat, even when you need to step out.

A Visionary Future Awaits – With the Right Second-in-Command

As your business scales, so should your support system. It's not about admitting defeat but optimizing for greater success. The time might be now to bring in a right-hand person, a true Integrator™, to harmonize daily operations, letting you reignite your visionary spirit and focus on what you do best: growth.

If you're already navigating your business with EOS®, this could be your next powerful move!

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About the Author Brenda Violette

Brenda Violette, Founder and CEO of Violette Business Services, LLC, is a highly experienced and sought-after Fractional Integrator and Mentor based in Connecticut. With a remarkable track record of over 30 years in leadership, Brenda excels in administration, operations, and people management. As a relentless learner, Brenda actively engages in multiple EOS-based Visionary/Integrator communities and holds esteemed memberships in the FIM (Female Integrator Mastermind) and Advanced Integrator Mastery Forum in Rocket Fuel. She’s also a distinguished Rocket Fuel Mastery Program graduate and a certified Kolbe Consultant™. With a keen focus on driving growth and making a positive impact beyond profit, Brenda guides Visionaries to achieve their strategic goals. Brenda brings transformative value to her clients and partners exclusively with companies operating on the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), who are already working with an EOS Implementer or have graduated from the program. Discover how Brenda can propel your business towards significant growth and sustainability while freeing you to fulfill your role as the Visionary. Visit www.BrendaViolette.com to learn more.

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