Are You Making Things Happen?

If you are a business owner are you content to just sit back and wait to see what happens next with your company? As a rule, probably not, right? But, maybe you actually do this more than you realize. Here’s what I mean.

It’s About More Than You

When I ask are you making things happen I’m not really just referring to your direct actions. Yes, you may be extremely proactive, but what about the people who work for you? Do you have all “yes” employees who are content to wait to see what you want done next? If you’re a control freak then that may not bother you. On the other hand, if you have a desire to see your business perform at its best then that means you need people who are willing to make decisions and act on them. If your business is managed properly this should be a plus rather than something to make you fear what your employees will do wrong.

Some Examples

I once had a client that said to me one time that everyone (his employees) was costing him millions. Now, right away that was a ridiculous statement as the company only did a few million in sales and if he was correct then the company should have been losing large amounts of money. The more I thought about it the more I realized that he was afraid to let go of decision making. He had never learned, in all the years of running his business, to delegate decision making. He seemed incapable of setting meaningful parameters of what people could and could not do and then allow them to be their most productive. Looking back at that time I’m convinced that his way of doing business had several negative impacts, including:

  1. Employees did not grow professionally
  2. His company did not grow as much as it should have
  3. He was always stressed and frustrated


Of course there were other negatives, but these are just examples of some of the worst. I think for him personally numbers 2 and 3 were the most damaging. So, if he were to truly understand what the question are you making things happen really meant, he would see that also included allowing his employees to make things happen.

I recall a job as well where the company president had a tendency to micromanage everyone. Quite frankly, people expressed a great deal of frustration with receiving detailed instructions on what to do and how to do it when they were fully capable of making those decisions themselves.

Growth Doesn’t Just Happen

Just like growth for a company doesn’t just happen, the same can be said of employee development. In 4 Wants and Needs of Employees and Autonomy–Your Employees Deserve Some I wrote about this briefly, but this is such an important issue for the success of your company that it deserves this additional look from a different angle. Employees are vital to your success, and without being allowed to grow they will never make the contributions you really need. So, are you making things happen is about more than you directly. Let your employees make things happen as well. Yes, they will make some mistakes, but that is one contributor to development of employees just as it is with you.

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