Shiner Profile: Rob Lederer of Management Resources
By: caitm4 | Published: January 21, 2009 | Filed under: Shiner profiles, Sunshine Suites
Give us your elevator pitch.
Management Resources helps business owners get the right things on and off their plates and have the right team (and partners) around them. We provide business coaching and other services to help companies manage growth, such as strategic planning and organizational projects. We focus on small to mid-sized, fast growth, family, and socially responsible & green businesses.
* How has Sunshine helped you or your business?
For one thing, Sunshine’s been a client! Our team is distributed around the country and much of my coaching work is by phone, so it’s great to have other people for me to work around in person and a place to go to as an alternative to my home office.
What is your primary motivation for being successful?
I love to make a difference. Being a coach to (often overwhelmed) entrepreneurs allows me and my team to make a real difference. This is especially so when we work with green businesses. I grew up in a family business and helped to manage its growth when I was there — from 90-450 people in 6 years! It gives me exceptional insight and experience that save our clients from making a lot of unnecessary mistakes or from reinventing the wheel.
How would you like to see the Sunshine community improve and how do you think we can achieve said goals?
More guided networking environments. Ways for us to meet our neighbors that facilitates our doing business together (in addition to the Shiners group). I can say that Noho lacks a common meeting space, even just to eat lunch or dinner. That would help.
Tell us your opinion on something you think is important to the community, but that we didn’t ask above.
Most of us starting and running businesses at Sunshine are really good (and passionate) about making something (a product/service) or selling something. But that doesn’t necessarily make someone great at running a business, hiring, prioritizing, setting and meeting goals, dealing with employee problems, etc. Look around you. That’s true of almost everyone you see, and true of many of your customers and your competitors, too.
You’re not alone, even if it sometimes gets lonely running your business. You don’t have to do it alone – if you hire well, set expectations well, and manage well. These are skills you can learn… Perhaps with a business coach!
Have you met someone interesting within Sunshine that you think we should profile next?
No, but I’d like to at a networking function!
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