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It’s just easier if I….

June 26, 2012

This week, my good friend Ross Patterson from XM Performance Business Coaching and Consulting wrote a post I thought was so good, I got permission to rebroadcast it.  Enjoy….

“It’s just easier if I do it myself”

These are dangerous words for leaders in any organization. I work with dozens of owners and businesses every year. When businesses are struggling in certain areas it can almost always be diagnosed down to a people problem, or a process problem (or both).

When owners say “It’s just easier if I do it myself,” they are usually trying to avoid the conflict of holding someone accountable.  Or, they have a process that is perfectly lined out in their heads, and no one else can meet their expectations, because no one knows or understands the expectations.

XM Truth: If it’s just easier to do it yourself, you will have a very small business.

The key to living life on the Xtra Mile in your business is learning to lead by:

  • Building business systems and processes that are not owner dependent
  • Hiring great people and training them to do their well defined jobs
  • Get the heck out of the way and let them do their jobs

Want to know the most powerful words a business leader can say…, “What do you think we should do?”

Listen to yourself this week, what are you saying more?  “It’s just easier…” or, “What do you think?”

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