Today I have been giving some thought to what we are really trying to achieve with the Entrepreneur Bounceback Course. Not the fine detail but what we are really trying to do.
It seems to me that we have to be Friend, Guide and Devil’s Advocate.
Three stages of the course are the Entrepreneurial Grief Phase, Go Again Phase and the Keeping Entrepreneurs in the Saddle stage.
To briefly explain them.
Entrepreneurial Grief is an acknowledged state of despair, depression and misery ensured by “Failed” Entrepreneurs, their partners, children and close family. To the failed Entrepreneur this is their darkest time. They are suffering in the same way one might do when losing a close family member.
Go Again is the phase when Bouncepreneurs plan and start their Bounceback as a refreshed, reinvigorated and sharper Entrepreneur. There are often many resources available for start-ups via some great and well meaning government agencies. But the perception of the “Failed” Entrepreneur is that ALL these resources are unavailable to them. Where in reality it is mainly finance and property which are very difficult to source for Bouncepreneurs. At the same time Bouncepreneurs can be the voice of the “Failed” Entrepreneur in speaking with Agencies to make resources more consistent with their needs.
Keeping in the Saddle Stage is the stage when the Entrepreneur has been successful for some time and needs a trusted voice to periodically prick the Bouncepreneur with a hard and challenging review of their business to make sure they do not fail again. A Devil’s Advocate Approach.
So the challenge for the Entrepreneur Bounceback Course is to effectively support Bouncepreneurs in different ways:-
As a Friend and Shoulder – to help through early Entrepreneurial Grief
As a Guide – to help pick out resources that can help the Bouncepreneur to go again. Working with co-operative agencies and others.
As Devil’s Advocate – to periodically prick the Bouncepreneur with a hard and challenging review of their business to make sure they do not fail again.
Lift Your Head Up – It Ain’t Over Yet