Bite Your Tongue

I’ll tell you, one thing I see over and over again with entrepreneurs and small business owners is that they can’t let go…of anything. They love their business so much, feel immense passion for what they’ve created, and have such a strong vision that they spend all their time in the day-to-day workings and end up neglecting the strategy and thought leadership that needs to happen to ensure continued success.

A growing company will never scale if leadership can’t get out of the weeds. It’s  hard, I get that, because we all have a vision for exactly how we want something to be done. We all have an exact way that we’d do it. But the truth is that we don’t have time to do everything that needs to get done in a day. We hire employees so we can free up time to strategize. Yet then we nitpick over minute details…and then we’re back in the weeds because one line of code isn’t how we’d write it, or the painting on the wall isn’t in exactly the right spot, or that one line in the company memo is off, or, or, or…

Face it, no one will ever do things exactly the way you would. The goal is to hire the best employees and hope that they can do the job almost as good as you can. Over-communicate to them your vision, goals, and parameters then set them free.  Let them own the project within the goals you’ve set. And when they come back with the end result ask yourself if they met those goals.

If they met those goals and stayed within the parameters you set then move past the insignificant things that you would have done differently here or there. Bite your tongue, thank them for their hard work, and move on.

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About Marisa

Marisa Keegan is a leadership coach, trainer, and HR consultant for quickly growing organizations who are passionate about strengthening their employees, their brand, and their culture. She has helped lead the HR, culture, and engagement initiatives at two nationally recognized great places to work; Rackspace as Culture Maven and Modea as Talent Manger. She is an author at Fistful of Talent and Culture Fanatics. Marisa has her Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology and currently lives with her husband and twin boys in Richmond, Virginia.
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