“It is so frustrating that the people in my team can’t just deliver on what they say they will do.”
“It is so hard to find good people these days.”
“If I want something done well I should just do it myself.”
“There is no loyalty these days.”
Have you found yourself saying these statements? Be honest, I am sure you have, I know I have been guilty of this occasionally. I also know most times I am around a group of entrepreneurs, the conversation often ends up down this path.
Personally I am making a pact to change. I am sick of this negative, feel sorry for myself talk. The more you talk about something the more you turn it into a self-fulfilling prophecy. I love every single person in my team, I respect them greatly as people, I admire their skills and I am extremely grateful that they have backed me and come on the journey to fulfill our vision. So why have I thought these things from time to time in the past? It is generally because we have not reached our goals or I am not satisfied with the progress we have made.
Could there be another reason why your company is not achieving its goals or a particular team member is not performing the way you would like them to? I know what you are thinking, lots of different reasons are coming up but unfortunately the big pink elephant in the room is being neglected. Could the reason be possibly you?
The most important person in any situation is the leader. By default, being the founder or CEO you are generally the leader. Just having this title does not automatically mean that you are a good leader. To be a great leader you need to work on it every day and accept that ultimately the buck stops with you. If something is not occurring the way you would like it to, the first thing you should do is to have a look at yourself and see if there is something that you are doing (or not doing) that is contributing to the situation.
One of my favorite sayings is that you need to lead yourself before you can lead others. When was the last time that you have given yourself a performance review? One of our values is “know your numbers.” We love looking at numbers to help us make smarter decisions on how to grow our business. We focus on leading indicators rather than lagging indicators. I am now adding a new leading indicator for us to monitor. Guessed what it is? Yes it is my leadership. The more I focus on this, the more likely everyone in their team will be able to perform at their best. As we have a great team this will mean that we will smash every goal that we set. It’s not going to be easy but I know it will be worth it when we consistently reach every goal and achieve our vision.
Are you willing to take on the challenge?