I was talking to a friend today and he said something that brought me to awareness about an issue I’ve been struggling with as I attempt to run multiple businesses and control everything happening in all of them.
He said “We are taught as middle class people that we need to control everything and it keeps us stuck. We are taught that the true entrepreneur is the one who has his hands in everything and is in control of every piece.”
Then, he went on to say “The people from the upper classes are taught from an early age that you hire people to do things, trust them to get it done and fire them if they don’t.”
Talk about an eye-opener.
First, because I tend not to think in the context of socio-economic class. And next, because he is right.
To truly leverage the one resource we cannot make more of – time – we have to find the right people and trust them to get their job done. When they don’t, we have to let go quickly and not settle.
Most of us have not been trained to live this way. I know I sure wasn’t. It’s been the most difficult business issue for me, bar none.
Instead, until recently I’ve done the opposite.
Hire someone, micro-manage, make excuses for them when things aren’t done the way I want them to be, convince myself it must be because I didn’t communicate clearly, and then micro-manage some more hoping for a different outcome.
Not a recipe for success.
This applies equally to life as it does to business.
You don’t follow your housekeeper around with a broom to sweep up after the things she misses, do you?
If you had to do that, you would find a new housekeeper, right?
So, why do we do it in our business?
When you find yourself in this pattern, ask yourself …
If I was Richard Branson and I owned a magazine, an airline, and multiple other businesses, how would I manage the people I’ve hired to get things done?
So, talk to me … are you beating yourself up for the shortcomings of the people you hire to support you in life and business? What do you do when you are disappointed? Are you ready to do something different?