TBL Episode #113: Creating the Empowerment Ripple with Tina Martin Forsyth

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What does it mean to be a great leader? How do you balance managing all aspects of your business? Today’s guest, Tina Forsyth says the first step to becoming a great leader is to be a great self-leader. 

How am I Getting in the Way?

Tina is a coach, author, educator and entrepreneur. Through her longtime experience as an online business manager, Tina has shifted her focus to helping business owners answer a difficult question, “how am I getting in the way?”

Tina asked herself this question in 2009. She had been running a successful business on her own for 10 years and things were growing rapidly. She was adding more people to her team and having an identity crisis. For so long, she ran everything on her own that she struggled to redefine her role as a CEO. While struggling to figure out what her role was, she realized that she was getting in the way of her business’ growth. 

Tina refers to herself as a recovering control freak. In the early days of her business, she was so caught up in operations, marketing, getting clients, etc. that she didn’t know what to do with herself when her team was handling everything for her. To avoid self-sabotage, she had to shift her mindset into a leadership role. 

Becoming an OBM Industry Leader

Tina began her journey in the Online Business Manager (OBM) industry in 2000, working in the backend for Coachville. After a few years, she started her own business as an OBM and started working on gaining clients. 

Along the way, she noticed that more people were calling themselves OBMs but not actually doing the work. With so many years of experience under her belt, she decided to write a book, “Becoming an Online Business Manager” in 2008. From there, her business grew and allowed her to work with business owners from all walks of life. 

What does an OBM do? In Tina’s words, an OBM is someone who values the vision of your business, pays attention to your goals and knows how to get the job done right. She says so many business owners can’t get anything done because they get caught up in day-to-day operations. That’s where a good OBM steps in and organizes everything for you. 

Tina continues to work with business owners through coaching and training. She is the founder of the International Association of Online Business Managers and the Online Business Manager Training and Certification Program. She is the author of three books with another one on the way in 2021. She has also created various training programs for online business owners and managers. 

Are you ready to take some of the work off your plate so you can thrive? Contact Tina on her website today to get connected with the perfect OBM and to learn more about her work. Connect with Tina on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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