Founder’s Circle: A Love Story
This article was originally published at The Clubhou.se
Founder’s Circle is a weekly meet-up for entrepreneurs and company founders with a focus on accountability and goal-oriented discussions on the nuts and bolts of running a company. At Founder’s Circle, we spend an hour each week engaging with other Augusta-area founders and business owners and talk about everything from high-level concepts like “Marketing” and “Growth Strategies” down to nitty-gritty topics like “Best Practices for Bookkeeping”.
We’ve been meeting weekly for nearly two years and have had a consistent flow of founders through this program. As we look forward to the new year, we’re going to shift our focus and double down on the best parts of Founder’s Circle and strip away some of the things we’ve found that don’t work.
Starting on November 04, 2015, we’re going to begin running each session with a little more structure and a little more purpose.
At the start of every meeting, we’ll go around the circle and spend 2-3 minutes per founder reflecting on the previous week’s goals. After the goals have been recorded, we’ll dive in to one company and have that founder talk about their company in relation to that month’s theme. We give the floor to that founder for 15 minutes to talk about anything they want related to that theme. After the 15 minutes are up, another founder will get to talk to the group about that theme. We’re going to rotate through Founders every week so that during the month, each Founder will have an opportunity to talk about their company in relation to the theme.
Each meeting ends just like it started, with each founder having 2-3 minutes to state their goals for the upcoming week. These goals should be actionable and should be achievable over a following week. These goals are recorded and an automated email is sent out on Monday morning to the group with a listing of the goals that each Founder has committed to hitting during the week.
The 3 Pillars of Founder’s Circle
Founder’s Circle succeeds in three specific areas and we want to increase our attention to these pillars.
The first pillar is Accountability. Meeting with your peers each week is a great way to have other business owners hold us to our word. At the close of each weekly Founder’s Circle, each Founder will be given a few minutes to outline their specific business goals for that week.
Every Monday morning, an automated email is sent to every attendee listing the stated goals of that week so that you arrive to the next Founder’s Circle ready to share your progress. Nobody likes to be the one to say “I didn’t get any of the things I said I would do finished.” Accountability provides the biggest structural pillar of our group’s mission.
The second pillar is Victories. Being a founder is often a lonely job, and we want to help you take joy in your successes and accomplishments. If you’ve been struggling with customer acquisition, we want to be the people that celebrate you landing that next big client. If you’ve spent several weeks working on an advertising campaign, we want to delight in the first proofs of your magazine campaign. We’re here to celebrate with you.
Victories are intoxicating and help us power through the day-to-day operations of our businesses. Celebrate with us!
The last pillar is Failures. Running a successful business is often preceded by months or years of fighting through failures. By talking through these failures with the group, Founder’s Circle members get external perspectives, suggestions, or even just the simple commiseration of people that know what you’re going through.
Through our failures, we learn about ourselves and our business and have the opportunity to grow.
Founder’s Circle meets every Wednesday at theClubhou.se at 9AM. It’s open to all business owners and entrepreneurs in any stage of business, wether you’re just starting up or already have a successful enterprise with multiple employees.