“Harnessing the Chaos in Your Business” – by Rob Burnham

This post was adapted from a powerful post by my productivity coach. Hope you enjoy……..
Chaos is at the heart of every high-growth business. Chaos is a powerful stimulant for business growth.  It’s also the leading cause of business failure.
Unbridled energy for a business owner is like an untamed horse. While It is very powerful and can be helpful in growing your business (and in fact may be a major factor in your early success), if left untamed, it can result in unbridled stress and ultimately lead to business failure.  Even though chaos may have gotten you to this point; and your team may have thrived on the excitement at first, be careful!  Even the most adventurous among us gets weary if chaos is not harnessed.  Consider these tips for dealing with chaos in your business.
4 Pieces of Advice for Harnessing Chaos

Forward this post to your business coach for discussion.  If you don’t have a coach, email me at rob@bdsinstitute.com.

  • 1. Accept it- This may sound odd. But, in a growing enterprise, chaos is a normal thing. It’s there; and it’s not going away.
  • 2. Create boundaries – Consciously establish rooms in which you are allowed to operate. (Focus on Most Valuable Activities).
  • 3. Give Some Space – Explore new product ideas and ways to improve, but within boundaries.
  • 4. Seek Accountability – There are 2 givens in business ownership: 1) it’s lonely at the top 2) it is difficult to self-correct. The bottom line is that you need to seek a business coach who will hold you accountable and help keep you on track.


  1. Chaos is untamed energy that wants to run wild in you and your business.
  2. Initially, chaos helps growth; but over time, it can stall growth or eventually destroy the business.
  3. Harnessing chaos means directing it and focusing that energy in a certain direction to help propel the company forward.
  4. Four tips to harnessing chaos include:
    • Accept chaos
    • Create boundaries
    • Give some space
    • Seek accountability
  5. It’s lonely at the top and it’s difficult to self-correct. Accountability through a coach can keep you on track.

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