The Hands-Off CEO Blog

Finding Deeper Business Success Without Working Harder – Pt. 1

Being constantly tied up to any business’s day-to-day is way too common for consulting agency owners. Because YOU started it, you had the initial idea, and you have worked hard to initially get clients, deliver the work, and set up the systems.

YOU created your business from scratch and took it to where it is now. 

As the years passed, you grew it as much as you could, and right now, perhaps you’re working harder than ever, some even working 50-60+ hours a week, but your business just can’t seem to grow without you

And you know more growth is possible. 

CEO who found deeper success without working harder

When I was writing my book, The Hands-Off CEO, I started to review some of the stories we have been part of with our clients for the last 11 years. Most of them share some level of intimacy where we support clients in a way that makes a difference in their lives, and that’s why our approach works.

Because they have seen a real transformation in their lives.

This gave me a deeper understanding of the why behind what we’re doing. 

One of the most relevant was the story of Tanya Korpi Macleod; you can read more about it in the book. 

She shared her experience becoming a Hands-Off CEO, and she was very open about some of the challenges that she had run into before partnering with us: 

  1. Her business was eating her alive: She was working all the time.
  2. She wasn’t making enough money for the time she invested there: It felt like she was just serving the payroll.
  3. She wasn’t bringing enough profit home to justify her time away from her family. 
  4. The business ate up her weekends.

Many consulting agency owners face at least some of these challenges when scaling beyond 7 figures.

While you might not be in that dire circumstances, do any of these challenges sound familiar? 

How did we help her?

  1. We helped her get her weekends back. 
  2. We helped her find more profit in her business and make it more sustainable.
  3. We allowed her to have a workable company that brought her home the income she deserved.
  4. Then, we were able to break down the different parts of the business and get to a point where her team could operate the client management and the strategy. They were able to implement the day-to-day in the industry and be able to run the business without her.

It all happened after six months—a pretty fast turnaround for most companies.

But as she shared openly on our podcast, a tragedy struck: her husband passed away, and she was left as a single mom of two teenage daughters. Fortunately, thanks to all the changes implemented, she could take time off (an entire year, to be exact) without worrying about the company, as it was running smoothly. 

A few months later, she shared with us that this would have just annihilated the business six months earlier, but she implemented the changes she needed to scale and grow her business. She didn’t worry about the company or her team, who kept clients happy and delivered great results.

It was life-changing, so she could do what she needed for her family. 

Tanya then sold her company to her team and applied the same principles and systems to her husband’s ten inherited companies.

She was encouraged that she could use what she learned to support her during such a challenging personal time. 

This is a real testament to creating a sustainable business that acts as a wealth-building asset and provides opportunities for the team.

This scaling method gives leaders like Tanya the ability to do more and spread more of what they’re good at rather than being trapped with busy work or trapped at a lower level of growth than they could be reaching.

Would you like to see this in your business? Book a complimentary Scalable Growth Session with our team, and we’ll help you see what’s possible for your situation. 


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Mandi Ellefson

Mandi Ellefson

Mandi Ellefson helps service businesses with the tricky task of becoming scalable. Her passion is helping freedom seeking entrepreneurs scale the better way– for success in their business and in the rest of their life. Out of a decade+ experience and testing as a business manager, and then building and selling a design business, Mandi has created a system that is responsible for generating tens of thousands of dollars of new revenue for businesses she's worked with.

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