Looking at the chunk taken out of my knee I was in shock.
But I wasn’t the least bit surprised.
Much like issues that damage businesses the one that had sent me over the handlebars of my bike had given me warnings.
The first dropped chain had been an annoyance.
The second resulted in a more careful gear change and a promise to fix it.
Then complacency set in, the adjusted riding style meant it wasn’t happening…so why fix it.
Suddenly, I forget why I’m being careful, the chain drops, catches on the crank, and I’m lying on the road able to see my kneecap.
Has your business ever had a wobble?
Have you put in a solution to the symptom rather than taking time to work out the problem?
Did you get busy and forget to come back to fix it properly?
As founders and business owners in dedicated pursuit of our visions, wobbles can be an annoyance.
That’s why it’s critical to not hide the wobbles. Be open.
Let people help you work out whether it’s just a road bump or a real shot across the bows.
Seek out those who went before you with scars.
The scar on my knee will be used to inform cyclists with a dodgy setup.
My scars from years of leading teams and being in business are there to help others avoid needless scars of their own.
Share your scars.