Reaching for more, with confidence

A wise person once told me that the fear of rejection is something that some people internalize – when you can let go of that fear it’s empowering; if you don’t get there it holds you back. I want to empower my people, encourage them to do more. I know I have to hold people accountable and challenge them to do more so they can earn more. How do I do that without causing them to fear?

Thoughts of the Day: It’s all about approval and a secure sense of belonging. Make sure you and your employees are clear about what’s expected. Help each employee to visualize success. Reassure your people that you will stand behind them one way or another, until they get to the other side of the problem.

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Taking time off from the business

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After taking a vacation, I had to come back in on Friday to do payroll and check on things. That was instead of staying on vacation for the second weekend. Someone suggested I try to take off for four weeks?? That’s crazy!! As the owner, and person ultimately in charge, how could I ever do that??!!

Thoughts of the Day: Entrepreneurs love their work, are committed to achieving success, want to do the right thing – and end up sabotaging themselves and their companies because they don’t take enough time off. Use your breaks as a way to give people in the company a chance to show you what they can do. By focusing on the wrong metric, entrepreneurs don’t encourage their employees to take enough time off, either. Building thriving companies is all about building in work-life balance, because of the other things good work-life balance causes those companies to build.

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How to see the forest you love despite the trees in the way

I am so wrapped up in the day-to-day activities of my business that I don’t get around to working on the big picture. How much of a problem is this, really? After all, I love the work we do and I’m really good at it.

Thoughts of the day: A business needs more than the work it does. An owner has an obligation to the business, to ensure that it stays around to continue doing what it does to serve the needs of its customers and employees. By organizing and overseeing the business you can also ensure you get to do the work you want to do long into the future.

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How do Trainers Train Themselves to Train?

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I’m not a good trainer. I need to be mindful of that while ramping up a business development person — our next important hire. And I need to use this opportunity to get better at training because it’s a critical skill to have.

Thoughts of the day: Be a role model. Have patience. Let your trainee make mistakes and learn from them. Let your passion show through. Don’t try to teach everything at once. Learn about the person you’re training. Back up your training with reference materials.

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Accountability Starts at the Top

My partner does not respond in a timely manner. Not only does it slow me down, it hurts the productivity of the rest of the organization. He’s a good guy and I know he cares and is committed. I do think that as owners sometimes we’re not accountable enough. Got any suggestions on what to do about this?

Thoughts of the day: Ask people to be accountable. Change their thinking. Be significant. Recognize and reward good behavior. Make sure you’re on the same page.

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