Is your company for a reason, a season, or life?

I was at our quarterly Advance Leadership Workshop this week. The facilitator had us in groups of two discussing a simple problem. My partner for the experience was talking about his daughter and how she was having trouble identifying friends of reason, season, and for life.

I’d never heard this before and asked him to say more. “In our lives, we find that we have friends for a reason, friends for a season, and friends for life,” he explained. I knew exactly what he meant. I have soccer friends (a reason), college friends (season) and several deep relationships that have spanned over 25 years (for life).

My thoughts turned to business. I did a quick mental search through my career. I thought I would own my first business for life, but it turned out to be a season. I have invested in start-ups to get specific experiences – a reason. I have developed personal purpose and mission statements that help me choose opportunities – for life.

I find that a lot of owners and CEOs look at business and their careers as near-term problems to solve and fires to put out. That kind of work feels productive, but it makes for bad decision making. By looking at your business and career through a lens of reason, season, and life, you can put perspective on a situation.

When is it time to exit your business? You want to change careers or find a new path. What do you do about a partnership where you both have different visions for the future of the business?

If you get into a helicopter and look down on your life, where do you plot your current situations, challenges, or opportunities? Reason, season, or life? How does that change your perspective on what to do next?

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper

Dan is a Partner and Growth Catalyst for Acumen, a mastermind community that exists to sharpen, challenge, and inspire CEOs and Owners through affinity-centric advisory teams, executive coaching, and leadership acceleration workshops.

Jon Schram

Growth Catalyst - Kansas City

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Jon is a husband to his wife Jill, a dad to Gracie, Cooper and Lucy and an unintentional serial entrepreneur.  Jon founded and led one of KC’s leading IT Support companies (The Purple Guys), regularly recognized on the Inc. 5000 list, the Corporate Report’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies, a Best Place to Work and being one of the KC Chamber Top 10 Small Businesses of the Year. Before that, he founded and grew an IT Staffing firm, growing from $0 to $10M in revenue in just 4 years, being recognized as Kansas City’s Fastest Growing Company. He’s passionate about leadership and businesses that impact their community. From experience he also understands the issues of an owner/CEO. Jon is an entrepreneur who likes to empower others to grow their business, become more efficient in all they do and enrich their story line. He has been a member of the Acumen community since its inception. 

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