Run Your Business Like You’re Going on Maternity (or Paternity) Leave

Andre Abi Awad
The Freedom Owner
Published in
3 min readJun 10, 2024

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How well does your company run when you don’t show up for work?

The answer to this question has a significant impact on the value of your business. Suppose your company could survive your absence for a while. In that case, you will score well on something referred to as “Hub & Spoke,” a driver in increasing your company’s value.

To understand the Hub & Spoke value driver, visualize a big airport like Chicago’s O’Hare or London’s Heathrow. They act as a centralized routing location for the airlines that rely on them. The system works efficiently enough until a snowstorm shuts down a hub and the entire transportation system grinds to a halt.

Now imagine you’re the hub, and you run your business with important issues coming through you. It’s efficient right up until the point you are no longer there to run things, which is why anyone valuing your business will levy a steep discount.

The trick to removing yourself is to document your standard operating procedures so your employees have instructions for how you want things done when you’re not around.

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Andre Abi Awad
The Freedom Owner

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