We asked members of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) to share their Achilles' heel and how they addressed it.

Prevent Boredom Through Strategic Planning

"I love chasing the next great thing. However, starting new projects before the ongoing one is complete has always been my Achilles' heel. Once a problem is identified and looked into, I get bored and want to move on before it's completely resolved.

"Formal strategic planning has saved me from this trap! I take an off-site retreat with my leadership team for two days. We review feedback from a SWOT survey taken by our entire staff. From those results, we create a one-page roadmap with key objectives that need to get done. This prevents me from chasing shiny objects unless it was on our plan."

Rob Nelson, EO Utah
Co-Founder and CEO, Grow

Be Proactive When Your Energy Peaks

"I would love tackling tasks that rely on me leveraging on my own strengths. Unfortunately, I'm unenthusiastic about tasks I have no interest in. Because my energy levels are low, these tasks are not completed in a timely manner.

"This is why I attack them first thing in the morning, when my energy level is at its peak. I give myself a task that leverages my strengths to look forward to once I complete the dreaded chores. I also reward myself in these circumstances. By doing so, I ensure there's a light at the end of the tunnel!"

Cheryl Biron, EO New Jersey
President, One Horn Transportation

Manage According to Core Values

"My greatest weakness would have to be my subconscious desire to be liked by everyone. In hindsight, staffing my business with family and friends compounded the problem. Leading a team of 36 people, I have to make difficult decisions, and they become exponentially tougher when I worry about whether the parties involved will like me when the dust settles.

"Because I cannot compromise my organization's success to appease my personal desires, I identified my organization's core values and operate in alignment with those values. When a difficult decision has to be made, people often respect the reasoning behind the decision and the way the situation was handled, even if the parties involved don't like me afterwards."

Chris Carey, EO Minnesota
Founder and President, Modern Automotive Performance