By Jill Amstutz, founder and president of Transpire Consulting, LLC.
Recently, The E Myth author Michael E. Gerber wrote an article for Inc. asserting that the test of a true entrepreneur is the ability to step away from their businesses and into their lives.
I support the reasoning behind his premise. I even agree with the basic outline he provides based on a franchise model in which systems, processes and delivery mechanisms are formalized and systematized. This is the way healthy organizations operate – with clearly articulated, communicated and supported goals, roles and processes that ensure work is efficient, effective and aligned company-wide.
What I challenge is the idea that it’s that simple. Create a franchise model and produce an operations manual. Walk away. Enjoy your life. Bing, bang, boom.