Welcome to The Genius Ecosystem.
In grade school, you probably learned about ecosystems.
In nature, an ecosystem includes all of the living things (plants, animals and organisms) in a given area, interacting with each other, and also with their non-living environments (weather, earth, sun, soil, climate, atmosphere).
In business, people talk about the ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM. That would be individuals, organizations or institutions – outside the individual entrepreneur- that support or block an entrepreneur’s probability of success. That can be anything from banks to angel investors to mentors to incubators to vendors to professional networks… all the things that go into the care and feeding of a business.
It points out something important: Success isn’t just about YOU!
Who’s got your back? What do you have access to? WHO do you have access to?
When I work with clients on topics of leadership and team building, we look specifically at the people and resources around an entrepreneur and who makes up THE GENIUS ECOSYSTEM.
This is the interactive web of everyone’s unique genius, that special combination of innate gifts and learned skills. And like any healthy ecosystem, it thrives on diversity.
When each person understands their unique genius, then learns what the genius is of the people they work with, everything starts to run more smoothly.
Instead of hitting walls and finding yourself at odds with people who just don’t understand you, you find new opportunities, new solutions, and new paths to success. Communication improves, productivity increases, and conflicts stop getting in the way.
The Mistake of Sameness
One of the biggest mistakes leaders make is surrounding themselves with replicas of themselves. Same opinions. Same skills. Same level of drive and ambition.Same work style.Same personality profile.
Now imagine that was an ecosystem in nature, like a small puddle outside your house with only an insect skirting about.
If all you had in there was a single insect, this ecosystem would die. It needs microorganisms, it needs plant life. It needs water, air, sunlight, and other organisms. It might need a little turbulence in the water to stir things up so nutrients are released.
In other words, it needs VARIETY. DIVERSITY. DIFFERENCES. It’s not about everything being the same.
One of my clients is a technical consultant with 2 right hand assistants working for him. One was in charge of customer service and client care.The other was in charge of technical tasks, like website updates, payment processing, and the like.
But things weren’t getting done.
My client had to keep circling back to his team and he couldn’t figure out why their attention kept wandering. When they were on task, they were great, but then it got more and more inconsistent.
We looked at the team and did a personality profile analysis along with a skill analysis.
Skillwise, everyone was doing fine.
But the personality profile showed that they all were operating from the same profile: big picture thinker, impulsive, fast decision maker.
The Genius Ecoystem was unbalanced with too many dreamers and not enough doers. As the company expanded, they needed to focus on bringing in people who would help restore that balance and provide elements that were missing such as attention to detail, methodical process improvement, and systematic approaches. They were severely left-brain deficient in their organization. And with the team members who weren’t performing at their best, they needed to bring in some structures and systems to help them turn things around.
I’m happy to say that they were able to fix these problems and stay profitable and on top. But had they not known more about their unique Genius Ecosystem, I can’t say they could have done that.
Here’s a question for you:
What’s the health of your ecosystem? And what’s your future looking like?
Daily Change Up
For the next 7 days, I challenge you to focus on the level of variety and synergy in your business, on your team, or in your organization. If you’re not sure what your team’s strengths are CONTACT me to learn about using one of my favorite assessment tools to find that out. In a matter of minutes, you’ll have a complete profile of yourself and a comparison profile that puts everyone side-by-side so you can easily see strengths and challenging areas.