“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” We’ve all heard that statement – especially from people who are micromanaging a situation or trying to do everything all alone. That might have worked in college when you were assigned a group project you ended up doing all by yourself, but it’s not how you should run your business!
Many business owners are great technicians. They know how to paint a house, they can make awesome chicken parmesan, they understand how to prepare perfect taxes… and that makes it extremely difficult to let go and let the staff take care of those parts of the business. You are a business owner because you wanted to own a business – not because you wanted to work seven days a week and run every aspect of the business. If you’re spending every day in the field running your business, how can you be focused on building your business?
As we head into the last quarter of the year, we are challenging business owners to hang up that toolbelt or take off the apron and spend the next few months trusting your staff to run the day to day aspects of the business. You don’t need to step in and make every pan of lasagna and, if you don’t think your staff can handle it, then you need to train them to do the job at the level you expect. You can be available for guidance, but you can’t step in to make every decision and run every job.
Once you’re able to step back from the daily technical needs of your business, you can turn your attention to training your company leaders, building and implementing systems so the business can run without you, marketing, and promoting the great products or services you provide, etc. Create a goal you want to work toward before December 31 and start making progress. If you spend the amount of time you would normally spend IN the business working toward that goal, we bet you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.
Every business owner understands how difficult it can be to delegate the daily operations of your business and take on the role of a CEO, but that’s the only way to grow a successful business without burning the candle at both ends.