A mentor of mine once said, “Rick, you’ve got to find yourself a good wing man. When you are flying your plane, you cannot expect to see where you are going, where your target is and watch out for the enemy all at one time. You’ve to got to find a good wing man to watch your back.”
Finding a wing man is neither an easy nor a quick process; it takes time and effort, meeting people and getting to know them. More importantly, however, it takes knowing yourself and being honest with yourself so that you can identify blind spots your wing man can cover. It takes giving yourself an opportunity to be open to someone else’s care.
Some specific considerations when seeking your wing man:
- Don’t jump into it too quickly. Take your time – let wisdom and patience guide you.
- Don’t over specify. While it is important to maintain your standards, over specifying will hamper your progress.
- Don’t settle for anything with a heartbeat. A great conversationalist may not be the person you want watching your back when things get thick. He may be all talk.
- Don’t sacrifice your standards because you think someone might make “good business sense.” While a pit bull might make a good watchdog, he is NOT guarding my kids’ daycare center.
- Look at your personality assessment. Where are your weak areas? Look for someone who is strong in those areas.
- Make sure you serve their interests, as well. They are going with you and should have some understanding of the destination.
- Look for opportunities to serve others. Just as you cannot go at it alone, someone else is in need of what you have to offer. Make yourself available.
Your wing man could be the difference between reaching your destination and crashing and burning.
At Aepiphanni Business Solutions, we are dedicated to serving the needs of small business owners. We specialize in helping you develop strategies for your organization, and are committed to your success. If you have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].