Assemble Your Team

Matt Uncategorized

Last September, I wrote about my wife and I hiking up the Manitou Incline in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Fast forward a few months later, and I was at it again….This time I was not only with my wife but also my three kids; Jack (11),  Alex (7), and Kate (4).  We weren’t in Manitou Springs, but rather we were hiking Camelback Mountain in Phoenix.  Before anyone who knows of the hike thinks I am crazy, to put your mind at ease we did not complete the entire hike with a 7 and 4-year-old.  We did, however, have an amazing time completing about half of the trail. 

Anyone that has attempted a somewhat difficult hike with kids under 10 knows what you are in store for.  My wife Kristen and I have tried it before with less than stellar results.  This time was different, however.  My 11-year-old Jack is a rock star on hikes.  We usually don’t see him much because he is so far ahead of us.  On a trial like this, we made him stay within our view, but he could have done the hike twice over.  Jack’s younger brother Alex and sister Kate, on the other hand, are different stories. 

I get it for Kate, she is 4 and this was pretty strenuous on her.  I ended up carrying her most of the time, but none the less, she surprised us with her great attitude. 

Alex usually doesn’t make it more than 10 yards until he is ready to turn around.  He is a great athlete and somewhat of a killer on the soccer field.  However, when it comes to exerting energy on something silly like hiking, he wants no part of it. 

On this beautiful Saturday afternoon, things were different though.  The beginning started off like normal however this trail is equal parts amateur rock climbing as it is hiking.  This it turns out, Alex and Kate loved. 

While they loved the climbing, it created a different situation then my wife and I expected.  The incline was intense and my wife and I helped Alex and Kate up every step of the way.  It dawned on me on our way down that this was one of those rare circumstances that we actually executed family teamwork without a hitch.  Even Jack, who started ahead, hung around us to help with his siblings. 

As we were wrapping up our hike, I couldn’t help think of the blog post from last September and I couldn’t ignore the metaphor this hike presented.  While the Manitou Incline represents a great individual challenge, this hike was different in that it was a team effort. 

No business can succeed with just a great individual effort.  Every successful entrepreneur will rightfully give his team credit for their success as much as their individual effort.  One common fear we hear when we talk with prospective Monkey Bizness owners is their lack of experience running a business.  I have empathy for this, I was there at one point.  But what I can tell you now is you are never alone.  Slowly and almost unintentionally I starting building my team.  First came my father, then my attorney, then a business coach… get the point.

Just like our hiking on Camelback Mountain, to run Monkey Bizness I rely on a team.  Just like my daughter Kate needed help getting over the big rocks on the trail, I needed help from time to time with business issues.  I was there to help Kate accomplish the task and my business advisors are there to help me when I call on them.

The bonus of a franchise system is that you have a built-in support system to help you.  If you asked me to name the two or three reasons I believe a franchise fee pays for itself (and does so many times over), one would be the support system and expertise the franchisor brings to the table.  They are your team for your hike. 

Oh, and in case you are wondering, we got ice cream afterwards!

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