November 8, 2015

Bag carriers


One of the great things about building a team is that you don’t have to do everything yourself.

Assuming you hire well, you’re surrounded by capable and motivated people looking to take responsibility and make things happen – more things than you could possibly do on your own.

Which is great.

Unless you can’t let go.

In which case, you get busier and create a bottleneck as you try to do every job. Attending every meeting, making every presentation, taking every decision. Pulling rank – “I need to be involved” – every time.

The slow in progress isn’t the only result. Not letting go always pushes away the best people as they look for a place where they’re allowed to make a difference, not just carry your bag.

Hire good people, then let them do their job.

Skippy Strategy: Work out who needs training and give it to them. Everyone else, keep out of their way.