Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur – by Roger Grona – Firebird Business Consulting – Saskatoon

Business nowadays is constantly evolving and business success is harder than ever. In today’s business world entrepreneurs are having to be well rounded in multiple areas. Successful entrepreneurs demonstrate specific traits.

1) Vision – Successful entrepreneurs have great vision and can see success with the end in mind. They start from that ultimate vision and work backwards to today. They create a strategy and plan that will get them there. Typically they have one major vision and smaller ones to help them get to their ultimate goal. The smaller steps are seen as steps to get to the “grand prize”. Smaller steps allow them to adjust to the ever changing market while never taking their eyes off the “bigger vision/goal”.

2) Work Hard – Most people look at having your own business as not having to answer to someone while having the flexibility to do and act the way you want. Yes the flexibility exists but the top percentage of business owners and leaders work very hard to achieve that success. They work long days and do what it takes to reach their goals.

3) Risk – They take the initial leap into entrepreneur-ism and then continue to constantly step out of their comfort zone. They don’t go into the risk blind. The most successful have definitely done their homework. Risk can never be eliminated but it sure can be minimized by taking the proper steps and doing the right preparation. After all the homework has been done, the risk turns into opportunity.

4) Influencing People / Communication – Great leaders and business people usually have a way of communicating, have strong charisma and lots of character. They have a way of having people “buy-in” to the individual and business.

5) Great at Sales (Selling) – They have the ability to sell and ask the proper questions to move business forward.

6) Know How to Create Opportunities – They are great at creating opportunities for their “circle of influence” or potential business relationships.

7) Have mentors – They understand the value in having a coach/mentor or consultant to learn from in order to minimize risks and create good fortune.

8) No B.S – they are straight shooters and will tell someone if they disagree. The honest approach is what other people or clients respect and this is the reason clients do business with that person.

9) Take Responsibility – They take full responsibility for the “bad things” that happen and give credit to the appropriate people for successes.

10) Team Player – Even if their company is a one person show they are a team player. They are members of organizations, they volunteer, they join chambers of commerce. They rely on their circle of influence and access them as part of their team when needed.

11) They can sleep well at night – Successful people treat other people with respect. They are successful because people enjoy to be around them and trust them.

12) They help others – They understand what has contributed to their success and see the value in “giving back”. They mentor others, advocate for good causes, volunteer or just be there when other people need them.

13) Surround themselves with key people – Successful people don’t pretend to know about things outside of their expertise. They recognize their limitations and access professionals to help them out when needed. This allows them to make smarter choices and less mistakes.

14) Confidence – Successful entrepreneurs are confident because they believe in their goals. Confidence should not be confused for arrogance.

15) Passion – They truly love what they do. They eat-it, drink-it, sleep-it and want to be the best at what they do. They are always looking to find better ways to improve an industry or to be innovative.

I know some people that are reading this are going to know others that don’t fall into this category, or people who have stepped on others’ backs to get what they want. I want to point out that those people do NOT have typical “Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur”. They are the EXCEPTIONS to the rule.

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Roger Grona (306) 241-6215

Firebird Business Consulting Ltd

Email: roger@firebirdbusinessconsulting.ca

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Roger's expertise involves developing successful marketing plans, consulting on marketing and business sustainability and training in long term planning for a profitable future. Very successful track record building culture, sales teams and company growth goals. Firebird Business Consulting Ltd. sales consulting and marketing consulting services expertise is in next level business solutions, marketing, brand development and implementing the proper plan to achieve your goals. Our specialty in sales and marketing can allow us to work hands on in your sales development and can act as a marketing consulting firm. 7 years Senior Sales Management experience that involves setting/planning profit based sales targets (writing and executing), set and met large sales quotas. He has developed excellent media marketing plans that position the brands he worked with as industry leaders. Roger's other Senior Sales Management experience: recruited, hired, mentored, and motivated the sales team and other departments. He prepared reports by collecting, analyzing and summarizing relevant market information and then using that information to roll out effective plans. ​ - Sales Manager for larger home builder for Saskatoon, Humboldt and Prince Albert - As Sales Manager he was part of the Senior Management Team. Roger managed the sales of a very large territory that included Saskatoon, Dalmeny, Martensville, Clavet, Prince Albert and Humboldt. Priorities included positive planning and implementing of projects that were fueled by a solid marketing strategy. Consistently he identified objectives, strategies and action plans to improve processes and systems. The builder is one of Saskatchewan's largest volume home builders. Roger rolled out the launch of single-family housing in Humboldt. This include booking media, interviews, working with ad agencies, helping create action plans for the multi-family and single family housing market for all three markets. He is proud of helping direct the first "Goodwill House" in Prince Albert which helped raise over $70,000 for Vic Hospital - ICU. - Saskatoon based custom home builder - Roger designed and implemented the company marketing plan, was part of the Senior Management Team, developed and trained the sales team of 5, communicated with industry representatives, realtors and clients. During his involvement, sales doubled and they are now one of the major players in new home construction in Saskatoon. Roger was proud of his involvement with the team's launch in both the first ever "Holmes Approved Home" as well as the "Pink House Campaign" in Saskatchewan. They were announced as a finalist for the Bridges Awards for the Marketing Award for the Pink House Campaign project. - Product and service company for homebuilders - As Sales Manager he had the opportunity to build a team from 2 to 7 employees in less than two years. This company's territory was at its initial start up phase when he started. In less than a year they were grabbing a significant market share from it's competitors. Roger managed the staff at the Saskatoon Branch and dealt directly with the CEO in Regina on business development for Saskatoon and area. ​ - Buffalo Bill's Food Products Ltd - Roger had the opportunity to develop his own business (Buffalo Bill's Food Products) from the ground up in the early 90's. As President he developed the business and marketing plan, logo, outside sales, focus groups, trade-shows and company management. It was a great opportunity and our product ended up in 180 stores throughout Saskatchewan. 8 years Senior Media Marketing/Sales in Saskatchewan radio industry (CJWW, 92-9 the Bull, Rock 102, 104.9 the Wolf). For each station he developed a small list into a Senior Account list in a short period of time. In advertising he had the chance to work with almost every kind of business and industry, consulting on advertising, brand development, recruiting, and business growth. 8 years hard work in the Alberta and Western Saskatchewan oilfield including management roles (service and drilling rigs) :-) Specialties: Taking new ,junior ,senior salespeople to the next level, branding and imaging, new and existing business development, team building, business consulting, negotiating, marketing, coaching, leadership, expert in rapport building and communications.

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