Release Your Grip: Are You Holding Your Business Back?

(This is a contributed post)

As you spent time growing and expanding your company, it became bigger than you ever expected. This is a great thing, but that small, personal touch that you were able to give to your business before is now going to get lost. As a result, any entrepreneur can feel like they want to regain control and take hold of the reins again properly. But it’s at this point where you might feel like you’re doing your business a favor, when in fact, you’re just holding your business back. So, with that in mind, what are the signs that you are holding your business back, and what can you do to help it, and you?

Do You Trust Any Of Your Employees?

Trust is vital, of course. But if you don’t have any trust in your employees to take care of the business, why do you even though have them on board? Instead, you could just do everything yourself. Instead, you need to take those all important steps to trusting your workers. If you have no trust, you are not going to progress. By giving your team more duties and responsibilities, you will stand to benefit more in the long run. In addition to this, you have the satisfaction that the business can run without you.

Are You Striving For Perfection Each And Every Time?

This puts unnecessary pressure on your workers, and on yourself. Striving for perfection is a great quality, but if you think you’re going to get there, you are very much mistaken. It’s important to accept our flaws, and once we’ve finally admitted to ourselves that we can’t do everything and be perfect at every aspect, this frees you up and gives you the springboard to solve every aspect of the business’ problems.

Do You Ever Ask For Help?

There is nothing wrong with asking for help. If you are so keen on keeping your ideas close to your chest, you are not going to accomplish anything easier in the long run. It’s far better for you to utilize help in external ways, such as business coaching companies like LEAP, but also, by outsourcing processes that you aren’t 100% competent in, it’s going to do wonders for every aspect of your business. You will appear more skilled than you ever were before. It’s a very dangerous aspect of running a business; you can get too close, and feel so protective of your baby, that you won’t relinquish any duties to anyone. This comes back to the idea of trust. If you’ve got workers who have the necessary skills to take your business to the next level, that you’re not utilizing them, this is the business equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot. You need to ensure that you trust your employees enough to give them the duties and responsibilities that you are too protective to release. Instead of holding your business with a vice-like grip, it’s time to ask for some help, admit your feelings and to trust your employees.

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