Kelly Roach is a highly sought after business growth strategist on a mission to help 1,000,000 entrepreneurs launch, monetize, and scale their dream business…without compromising their quality of life or going broke in the process.
From NFL Cheerleader to Fortune 500 exec and now million dollar mogul, Kelly is the author of the #1 international bestselling book, Unstoppable: 9 Principles For Unlimited Success In Business And In Life, and the upcoming book, Bigger Than You: The Business Owner’s Guide to Building an Unstoppable Dream Team (to be released October 2018)
Kelly has been featured in Inc, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur On Fire, ABC Good Day, and hundreds of podcasts, and today, I’m very pleased to announce that she’ll be sitting down with us to tell her story from her early beginnings up to her future aspirations.
Kelly was only in her 20s when she became a Senior Vice President running 17 different businesses with over 100 employees.
She was a workaholic, and she was aware of it. She had the skills, she had the smarts, she had the experiences. Most importantly — she was young. She had all the energy and time in the world to get what she wants.
According to Kelly, that changed when one of her first mentors sat her down for a talk. He told her that no matter how skilled she is, what she can do as an individual will never compare to what she can do if she focused on achieving results through other people by building a winning team.
Being young, she was expectedly unconvinced. Later, she admits that she realized that how you see things in your 20’s become different once you’ve reached your 30’s and so on.
When she started her business, Kelly said that she was not prepared for how many failures she’d have to go through to succeed.
While she has extensive experience managing large companies, Kelly admits that being in charge of one or two departments is a lot different from being responsible for everything — and that’s why you need systems and teams in place.
Building a Team
Organizations often start with one or two people, then eventually hire more staff as the business expands. This is the opposite of what she did, Kelly said.
She said that building a team was on her mind from Day 1 — even before she started her business. She wanted to make an impact on the world, and to be able to do that, she needed to focus on what she does best and leave the rest to her team.
Relinquishing control — especially when the stakes are high — can be difficult. The same thing went for Kelly. She said this is why she took time to fully train each member of her team until they’re on the same level before they welcomed a new one aboard.
Kelly admits that things don’t always work as planned, and sometimes you have to step back to evaluate what needs to be improved.
That’s one important lesson that they learned. That you don’t have to generate new ideas all the time. Sometimes, you just need to find how to use what you already have to its full potential then nurture it as you move along.
Passing the Knowledge
Kelly had to learn a lot of things the hard way — but she’s very grateful for that. One, because it helped make her team stronger and she’s really grateful for their support, and two, because it put her in the position to be able to help other companies.
A lot of businesses — even the bigger ones — have no clear systems in place. This allows a lot of things to fall through the cracks — and it’s something that she can use her expertise on.
Favorite Book Recommendation
Kelly said she has read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich a staggering 15 times. Needless to say, she highly recommends it.