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June 16, 2014

Business Matters: What If You Can’t Be There?

Every business should have a second in command. You, as an owner-manager, should ask yourself: “Who has the capacity to run the business if I am absent for a prolonged period?” If no one comes instantly to mind, you should think of either training or hiring someone with this ability. If you think there is someone who could do the job with a little training, start mentoring them and have them shadow your everyday activities. Your staff, as well as your clients and suppliers, should be familiar with this person and know of the trust you place in them by ensuring their attendance at contract meetings, conferences or seminars. Your clients need to feel as comfortable with that person as you do and they should see that this person has your confidence.