Charlie Chaplin Is Dead, Stop Acting!


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December 14 2013 l ndbs  

To those familiar with the name will know that Charlie Chaplin was a famous movie actor and producer who graced the screens during World War 2 and died in 1977.  During his time Television and cinemas were predominant in the first world countries. 

One thing that stands out about Charlie is that he was able to act in a movie alone from beginning to end and still get the audience glued to the screen.  Similar approach was used by Rowan Atkinson through his Mr Bean series.  The world has become a bigger stage now that one actor cannot pull an act together and still command larger audience. 

Charlie Chaplin’s approach has also been demonstrated over years in the business world where one person would run the company and amass millions.  In today’s business environment it is no longer easy to pilot the business alone and still make it.  The way business is so integrated it would be difficult for one person to study Information Technology, Law and administration in order to run the company efficiently hence a need to bring in various skills and run a company collectively.  For one to do that one has to:

Stop being one man show and Appoint Board of Directors

Many entrepreneurs have gotten used to doing things themselves and no one is assessing them and helping them, no wonder most businesses just go down as they lack proper oversight.  You do not have to wait until you have made millions for you to appoint directors in your company.  You need to set up a team from the start as they will help steer the company according to the vision you have laid down as the founder. 

Those individuals that you call whenever you have an idea to run through them before implementing, those are the individuals you need to consider for directorship.  If you have no money to pay them you need to make it clear to them than make false promises.  The Directors that you appoint can be compensated for attending meetings without necessarily being paid monthly salary.  It is advisable to bring together a team that has diverse expertise, that way unlike Charlie Chaplin you are creating room for supporting actors.  

Stop doing everything yourself and delegate

Charlie Chaplin was the actor, producer, script writer and director, no wonder he could not maintain the support he had.  You cannot be in the company 24/7, you need to delegate responsibilities to your directors and staff that you work with.  If you do not have employees you need to find way to have your appointed directors assist you as they can be willing to help than being there only for meetings.  You need to take into consideration that these people are well known in the community and they are in different networks and can easily negotiate where you find it hard to.

Start Networking with others

Not only do you need skills and experiences of Directors but also those who are in your industry and those you can meet at seminars and network events that are in your area or even far from where your business operates from.  Find out how they do it and apply what can work in your business.  Don’t die a lonely life like Charlie Chaplin who passed away in Switzerland away from USA where he built his career.



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