Martial Arts managers, mentors and consultants pride themselves in the ability to find solutions. They claim looking for the positive and having the positive attitude is key to success. Although I agree with much of this, I feel my strength in helping school owners grow and prosper is my ability to find problems. Clients and friends refer to me as the “Watchful One” as I tend to see through the chaos, discover what is missing or needs fixing and then provide steps to take to make changes and create positive results.
A business friend and I were having dinner recently and were comparing our careers and industries. He asked me for a list of reasons school owners need my help.
1. Although their name is on the lease and corporate papers, they don’t feel they own their own business but rather have a job with the name that’s on their sign.
2. They feel free in that they make their own hours and schedules but are not free financially.
3. They got into their own business to enjoy teaching balanced with enjoying life and free time. They now feel all their time is dedicated to keeping the school open.
4. They struggle with the belief that they can’t let go. In other words they don’t delegate because of fear and lack of training strategies.
5. The owners don’t own their power. They tend to believe that it's more important to listen to the opinion of other instructors than go after what they believe in. They know curriculum changes, events and fun stuff for kids are all important BUT what if someone on Facebook calls them a McDojo?
6. They reach a plateau and realize that they are where they are because of past beliefs and experiences. They then discover that they don’t know what they don’t know.
7. They have difficulty predicting their future income. This one is huge and prevents owners from planning, investing and purchasing for the future. Without a clear-cut way to financially plan for what’s to come, school owners stagnate.