I have a bit of a confession, I have always been bossy, I have always wanted it my way and for the most part, I still feel I am usually right! However, most of my life I have been encouraged to NOT express these things or I might come across as bossy, controlling, dominating, etc.. Well to that I just want to ask: What is Wrong with Being Bossy?
It’s true, I almost always have a plan, I can absolutely see the best way to do something (generally the most efficient way), I do feel it will be done better if someone else does it, but does it my way and I am not shy in sharing any of this at any point with pretty much anyone. That being said, I am not mad if you don’t do it my way but I am pretty sure it will work out better if you do 😉
Does this sound at all like you? Are you (like me) just a little bit bossy and quite frankly don’t understand why it is such an issue with folks?
The image with this article I saw on FB a few months ago and I LOVED IT! Because the truth is if you are the person with the vision, the plan and the understanding of how to implement it you are likely the leader of it (which also means you might just be a bit bossy too.) Granted, there are ways of communication that can limit the conflict around being bossy or being a leader, but it doesn’t change the fact… this is who we are!
I have hundreds of conversations with virtual support professionals a year who are considering becoming a Certified Online Business Manager and one thing I know is a common thread for most who make the decision to step forward in the OBM journey is that they are just a little bit bossy… or let’s call them natural born leaders 😉
I always have to laugh when someone will say: “I always seem to be the go-to person, everyone relies on me to know what needs to be done and so I just tell them!” Usually they are not even in the OBM role at this point, it is just who they are.
See I have a theory that there are thousands of virtual support professionals in our industry who are functioning at the OBM level with clients, they are running the show, it’s just natural for them to ‘be’ the boss. They carry a great deal of responsibility with their role, they are supporting their clients with all of the strategy and planning of business initiatives, they are overseeing the development of automation and processes BUT they are being paid as an assistant. They are working hourly, bouncing from client to client ‘doing’ specific tasks and just giving away these higher level results.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe every virtual assistant is an OBM, nor do I believe they all want to be or that it is the ‘next level progression’. I actually believe that a great VA truly wants to be just that, the VA.. they don’t want to be the OBM. They enjoy doing the tasks in front of them, checking off their list of things to get done and on a great day have everything they need from client and team to do it successfully. They enjoy the details, don’t mind the repetition of a task, are overjoyed for a proven process that will get them the same result every time (and see no reason to change it.. ever!) They really don’t want to have to ‘deal’ with people that much, nor are they interested in being the one telling everyone else what to do, they quite enjoy someone telling them what needs to be done and then getting it done for them. Oh… how I love a good VA!! The true backbone of any sustainable online business is a great VA 😉
YET… there are many of you who do so much more… who truly function in the OBM role but are not being recognized or paid for the service you are providing. Some of you are literally carrying your clients business… I know because I have chatted with you.
The time is now to embrace your bossiness and step into the opportunity of becoming an OBM. You know who you are…
Get full details here: http://www.CertifiedOBM.com (read through the details, sign up for the early notification list so that you are the first to be notified when the training is available again… see I told you I was bossy 😉