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how_to_own_more_than_one_successful_business.jpgOwning just one successful business can be a challenge. So how do some entrepreneurs manage to juggle more than one at a time? It’s generally not a matter of being smarter or faster or even needing less sleep than other business owners. It all comes down to leadership.

I don’t believe the ability to lead is something you are born with. I believe it is a learned skill, just like playing an instrument, ice skating, or math. And like any skill, it takes practice and perseverance to be really good at it. But, it’s not as difficult as you might think.

John Quincy Adams said:

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

Pretty simple.

It’s not about showing off your knowledge . . . it’s about sharing it with others.

It’s not about asking people to get behind you . . . it’s about allowing them to get in front.

Leaders are not necessarily the smartest people in the room, but they are the most inspiring.

To manage multiple successful businesses, owners need not be willing to work 80 hours a week and study 20 more. They know they can’t do it all themselves. They don’t try to. Instead, they bring others on board and are willing to teach, delegate and inspire.

That’s how leaders manage more than one successful business at a time. No juggling required.

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I'm Kayla Conner and I accidentally found Great Harvest almost seventeen years ago while searching for a cup of coffee! Who knew that what I'd find was phenomenal bread and the some of the nicest, most generous people in the world. I thought, hey... sounds like a great place to work! So, I joined the team at the franchise office. As a Post-Tracker and Bakery Advisor for Great Harvest, I travel to bakeries and cafes in all parts of the USA helping them with whatever they might need to improve their business. Whenever I'm asked what I like most about my job, the answer is simple... "hugs from franchise owners when I leave them to travel to the next location." Those relationships are what energizes me get up early in the morning to catch that next plane or drive late at night to the next hotel. So, even on days when the security lines seem endless, I can't imagine doing anything else.