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Stop Thinking Like an Employee

Stop Thinking Like an Employee is a workshop The SOFEI Group provides to individuals seeking to become an entrepreneur. Since we started facilitating this workshop, we have learned there isn't a vast distinction between an employee and entrepreneur; except for their attitudes and their approach towards work. For example, if you're an employee whose work is based on the instruction of your employer, you're what Seth Godin states in his book, The Linchpin - a "cog in a machine."

A “cog in a machine” is a compliant person who shows on time to work, do what they’re told, but get paid less than what they're worth. The gap between their worth and pay creates a profit for the business owner. The Linchpin is a non-conformist to the cog system. They're a career activist! They know how to take control of their career and have a clear understanding of the value they bring to a work environment or project. And, here are a few suggestions to help you perform and think like a business owner:

  • Trade your gifts, time, and talents for money
  • Your boss, coworkers, and vendors are your customers
  • Do more than what’s expected, and make things happen
  • Be a problem-solver
  • Use diplomacy to get along with people who don’t look, think, or act like you
  • Work to make a difference
  • Operate with integrity and flexibility
  • Build or engage in a network
  • Be a Power Broker to help others achieve their goals
  • Stay focused on your goals; not your feelings
  • Be accountable, and
  • Build your brand from your work ethics.
Employees ask, "What do you want me to do?" Entrepreneurs ask, "What can I do for you?"