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Video 09 - New Roles

Welcome back - this is the second video in the ‘Roles’ section of the course.
In the first Roles video we left you with a checkpoint exercise to document your current and new roles as specific keywords.

Here (see map on screen) are my current roles – with ‘employee’ subdivided into ‘engineer’, ‘designer’, ‘troubleshooter’, ‘technical author, ‘and’ project manager’.

Now that I’ve got all these roles that I’ve been performing for a number of years, what's transferable into my new career role as a business owner?
I think (that) “owner” is a new and very important one.

“Author” is also something I believe, at least at the beginning stages, will have to come from me until such time as the business system kicks in and some of these functions can be outsourced or become less important. (“Author” has leaked in from one of the roles I'm currently playing).

Another one is “visionary” because we've spent some time on the course looking at the various categories of life and coming up with vision keywords that are going to be very important in the goal creation process. Another one that came out in the personal development section was to be decisive and I believe that's a key role played by a “leader”.

So far I have...owner, author, visionary, and leader.

Yet another one is “auditor” - a composite of troubleshooter, engineer and designer and micromanager (!). I’ll let it in for the moment and then consider whether it's relevant later when we get to the goals section.

Being able to look at the detail of the business from the technical side, the financial side, the marketing and sales side, and decide what's not correct - what needs fixing - what doesn't follow standards, accepted practice - what isn't in the best interests of the customer – is something that only an auditing role can (impartially) carry this out.

At the beginning, I believe I will have to start defining what the auditing standards need to be and then get someone else to do it because it can be very time intensive.

Because if I'm going to be true to the vision statement for ‘Family’ I wrote down earlier – of creating opportunities to spend more time with them - then I can't stay in these micromanaging functions for very long. But I can choose to spend time as a visionary owner of the business and as a leader for some of the virtual teams I’ll need to employ e.g. contractors, part-time authors and web designers.

If you've been following along you should also have your new roles specified.

Some of them will be brand new but some of them may have leaked across from previous roles that you've been performing. If the existing roles are not relevant anymore, you'll find that no goals will fit into them and they'll fall by the wayside. Or they'll be roles that you can outsource.

The next video is all about goals.
You’re going to take your vision keywords and the new roles that you've identified, and see what goals are generated and created out of the merging of these two useful concepts.

I believe from experience and from wide reading, that there are actually four types of goals.

One type you probably have heard about before is ‘Smart’ goals. Anybody in the corporate world or the personal development world will probably have heard about smart goals. They’re very common.

Another type you may not have heard about is ‘Dumb’ goals. I believe you need at least one dumb goal (in any major life category).

There are also ‘PB’ goals.

And the fourth type is the ‘OG’ goal.
Probably just one here as well - it's unlikely you've more than one for any given major project.