The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.
I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.
Can you please tell everyone your name?
Ken Wentworth, aka “Mr. Biz”
What is your job role?
I have an ownership in multiple companies in the form of a fractional CFO/business consultant.
Tell us about your company?
I work with owners to help them run their businesses more profitably & more efficiently. I help them set the strategic direction of their company and, most importantly, execute those plans.
What do you love most about your job?
Every single day I get to help people while doing what I love to do! It doesn’t get any better than that, right?
Providing those “a-ha” moments for clients by utilizing my 20+ years of experience. In the process, we create new jobs, save jobs, generate more profits, provide more balance for owners . . . The list goes on & on.
What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Not to be repetitive, but this goes back to your prior question – helping people while doing what I love to do.
Too many people dread Mondays – I can’t wait to bounce out of bed & charge into the week! In fact, I plan my week on Sundays just so my mind isn’t spinning too much when I try to go to sleep that evening. At times that backfires because during the planning I get geeked up about all of the cool things on the horizon that week.
How do your co-workers inspire you?
It sounds a bit cliched, but my clients inspire me through their hard work & dedication to their business. I see how much heart & soul they pour into their business. It drives me, even more, to help them achieve their goals.
How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Work is fun! 🙂 If it isn’t, you need to re-think your career choices.
I challenge every person seeing this – if your job is an overall source of negativity in your life, please take the time to do some soul searching. Life is too short to have ~1/3 (or more) of your life to be spent on an endeavor that is a negative drive on your existence.
I firmly believe fun is essential in all aspects of life. If it isn’t an overall fun experience (of course, there are ups & downs along the way), why bother?
That aside . . . My prank game is STRONG! 🙂
What are some of the challenges of your job?
Like most business owners, balancing work & family life can be challenging. I wage that battle by adhering to a solid schedule. This way I can ensure I meet both business & family commitments.
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I find the most profound learning often comes from intangible factors – things like emotional quotient, leadership, empathy, etc. For example, from my years of experience hiring people, I created a hiring motto I follow & recommend every chance I get . . . Hire based on character, loyalty & work ethic. If a person possesses those three characteristics, most skills can be learned. You can teach someone with those attributes almost anything. However, teaching those three traits is nearly impossible.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
I have concluded that running your own consulting business is typically a black & white proposition for most. Meaning, you love it, or you hate it. I have seen both sides – I absolutely LOVE what I do! However, I have also met many people who have either not succeeded with it or are in the midst of misery while trying to make it work.
Some people are super-smart & can provide great insight into their field of expertise, BUT . . . They aren’t comfortable with either the networking or “running the business” sides of things. Others are comfortable with the networking aspect, but maybe don’t possess the necessary expertise to provide maximum value for their clients.
My advice is to pick the brain of someone (or multiple people) who have been doing it for a while. Determine, at least from their perspective, the critical elements for success, what a typical day/week/month looks like, etc. If that feedback passes your sniff test, I would advise someone to dip their toe in the water & get 2-3 clients.
If it takes you an inordinate amount of time to land those 2-3 clients, that tells you something; if dealing with those clients regularly causes anxiety, that tells you something.
Those experiences will help lead to where you are supposed to be.
Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web: