“The numbers don’t lie, but they don’t tell the whole story.”
- Adrienne Barrett
Planning is something we have all struggled with, most of us find it hard to plan for the worst, afraid of willing those scenarios into existence. Even fewer of us plan for success. Plan for what it might look like should all of our hard work pay off and our business grows beyond our ability to manage it alone.
This plan paralysis puts us into a state of reaction, putting out fires after they have started, rather than looking at the data and relationships around us and removing the potentially flammable elements.
Effective planning isn’t just about how we run our business, it plays a critical role in who we hire to help us run it. It can be hard to look at ourselves through an honest lens without inducing more plan panic, but needing help, the kind that fills in our gaps and frees our time and energy for the things we love, isn’t the mark of failure. It’s the mark of success.
Adrienne Barrett is this spotlight session’s featured guest. A senior manager at Intuit, she has spent her career helping businesses get on top of their plans, systems, processes and relationships. If you are struggling to make contingency plans, unsure of your gaps or running outdated systems that are preventing you from growing your bookkeeping business then this is the episode to get you thinking about the power of your own plan.
During this interview, you'll learn...
- The value of planning for bad & good times
- How to build the right team for your bookkeeping business
- The importance of taking care of yourself so you can take care of your clients
Connect with Adrienne on LinkedIn.
01:41 - Adrienne talks about her career journey
05:20 - Understanding business & contingency plans
12:08 - The power of leaning on your plan
15:30 - Team building in bookkeeping services
19:02 - Systemizing your way to success
27:03 - Investing in financial well-being