One of the business frustrations business owners have is they’ve got ideas, they’ve got a vision, but they feel like they’re having to force their team into getting those plans acted upon.
A lot of this revolves around the concept of ownership. I’ve learned the painful way that rather than crafting a plan and trying to persuade people to do it, it’s much better to clarify an outcome and get the team member to own it and build up the plan themselves.
The distinction is it’s not what’s being done, it’s how it’s being done. What we need to do is to think of a thing. You need to think of a project, you need to think of the outcome to find what success looks like, articulate that, What we need to do is to think of a thing. You need to think of a project, you need to think of the outcome to find what success looks like, articulate that,
You need to think of the outcome you want, articulate it and document it for your team or a team member, and then get them to create the plan. Get them to project manage how that’s going to be coordinated.
I think the issues that you must work hard to overcome is the control freak nature of an entrepreneur because we think that we know how to do it better than the team. That disempowers them it doesn’t allow to grow, but it also doesn’t really engage their heart and soul in the game.
It’s very simple exercise…
- Think of an outcome that you want in your business
- Take a piece of paper and outline what success looks like for that project, high level.
- Take it to a member of your team and say, “Hey look, this is the outcome that I want. I want you to create a plan that you’re going to present back to me about how we can get this done.” Then hand it over to them. Then see what they come up with because maybe it’s just me but my ego often meant that I thought I could do it better but I found that if you really empower people and encourage them they often come up with better more thorough plans. More importantly, they own it, which means they’ll drive it. You don’t have to force them to do it.