Who’s in charge of your business today?
I talk with CEOs almost every day who appear to have two people residing in their bodies: The Fearless Leader and the Fearful Manager.
When the Fearless Leader is in charge, she has a clear vision of the company’s future and plans to get it there. She knows she will need to invest time, energy, human resources and money to do it. She understands that she will get there more certainly with investments in training, technology, etc. She knows there is risk involved, but sees the potential reward as her driving force. If financial resources are tight, she finds a creative way to raise the money the company needs because she’s committed to her vision. And she inspires her people by sharing that vision.
When the Fearful Manager is in charge, even if he sees the value of something that will help him improve business, he is deafened and blinded by his terror. He sees taking an entrepreneurial risk as a direct road to disaster. He sees his Board, if he has one, gunning him down. He hears “expense” wherever the word “investment” might appear to his counterpart. “If I have to spend money for (technology, human resources, etc.)” he exclaims, “it’s just too risky.” He closes his creative faculties to any ideas that would generate the resources needed.
There’s no doubt that when the Fearless Leader is in charge of your company, you will do significantly better in the long run. As long as the Fearful Manager is in charge, however, your company will fall further and further behind your competition.
Who’s in charge of your business today? If it’s the Fearful Manager, fire him. Believe it or not, who you put in charge of your business is a choice you make every day. Keep the Fearless Leader in charge.
I coach business leaders to keep the Fearless Leader in charge. If the Fearless Leader is in charge of your business let me help you sort out the steps you need to take to accelerate your company’s growth and productivity. If the other guy is in charge, let me help you get rid of him.
Contact me to help you stay the powerful leader you’re capable of being. And keep REACHING…