Business Success: Work on Your Business and Not in the Business

How many times have you heard this: to work on your business and not in your business?

But what does it really mean? And how to go about it?

Take a leap of faith! Trust your people, delegate more, and earn yourself valuable time to deal with the strategic aspects of your business. 

Let go! Yes, relinquish control. You may say, ‘But this is my business! How can I let go?’ Sure, this is your business, and you took it to the point where you are in charge and can control it. If you want to get to the next level, however, you need to accept you can’t control everything anymore; you have to rely on and trust others in your team. People are happy to take more responsibility, and it’s up to you to select the right person for that extra responsibility. That person will grow together with your business. Such person will assume more duties, will learn more, will be happier. As will you.

Now we’re talking!

A few years ago I said to one of my colleagues: ‘As of today, you are in charge of this division. If you have problems, come to me. But I believe you will manage to solve them yourself.’ She was in shock initially, as she had not been expecting it. But guess what? She is still managing that division today and clients are happier than I could have made them. Why? Because she is totally focused on that division, which is something that I, as the business owner, would never have been able to do. I have too many other things to deal with!

Now that you have moved the heavier responsibilities to your team members, you are free to think. Indeed, you can stop and think. Imagine you are an angel flying above your business, looking down on what is happening there. Do you like what you see? Do you see a money-making machine or an ant’s nest, with loads of ants running around, very busy, carrying food, making the nest, but not producing anything for you? Now that you have time, you have every reason to start applying different tactics and to take your company to the next level.

Would you like some ideas? Here you go few things you can do tomorrow:

Have a team meeting and ask your team members:

  • What do you like about your job? What does your job give you as a person?
  • What can be improved? What would you like to do as a person, so you grow and feel happier in the office?
  • Think of one item of my responsibilities that you would like to get involved with
  • Propose other team members that can take on more responsibilities
  • If you had the skills to do anything in this company, what would you like to do? [This question tells you where you need to train your people to develop new skills that empower them to do more.]

These are just simple questions that can lead to your team assuming more responsibilities which of course reduce your stress and give you more time.

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