Many times the word “entrepreneur” is code for “jack-of-all-trades”. From setting up a wireless printer to editing financial models to navigating tax code, entrepreneurs have to do it all at one point in time or another.
Our backgrounds and experiences are major parts of what shape the ways in which we approach problems – or, said another way, “the angle” in which we view them.
Our schooling, home life, prior work experience, social adventures, and values are ingredients that create various angles for us to understand problems, tasks, and solutions.
Think about your own angles. Which tend to be dominant during different parts of your day? When in times of stress or pressure, do you revert to one more than another?
What makes social entrepreneurs so powerful are the unique angles they possess that have fueled their decision to work in the Social Enterprise space. The experiences that have led them to this point remain with you through every decision.
As entrepreneurs grow alongside the rest of their team, some angles tend to be dulled, possibly due to another colleague’s better way of approaching a problem. Still, other angles tend to become more pronounced over time as routines begin to form.
When working alongside others, take a minute to observe their angles. Put yourself in their shoes and try to understand how they think. You might surprise yourself with what you find.