April 5th, 2021.
For the past few months, I have been working more regularly with more founder-led businesses.
Founder led businesses are notoriously more difficult if you do not know how to ask the right questions and you answer their questions quickly and concisely with a focus on delivery.
One question that has bubbled up with each founder
Have you been the boss for so long you try and boss everything and every situation?
The answer is 90% of the time, no, the 10% are the more open and transparent and typically say yes.
The yes answer is good, they are aware of where they are and know they will be pushed to step back and challenged to understand where to let go.
The 90% have a few more sessions to go, they are unaware of having to control not boss each situation.
The 90% then split into two camps, those who want to change and those who want to control. The controlling group are those who need more coaching and guidance, you need to show where they are being too hands-on, too overbearing, too much talking nowhere near enough listening.
So the question for you to ask is have you been the boss for so long, you attempt to boss everything?
If yes, step back, challenge yourself to listen more and understand where you need to take a leap back or leap into action and where possible bring in external help or hire more people to remove some friction.
Have a good week and remember being the boss doesn’t mean making every decision and kicking every ball it means knowing when to bring others to the table, bringing support in for you and the team and then being clear and concise when delegating.