Queen Elsa hit the right note in the animated Disney movie Frozen. “Let it go. Let it go.”
We business owners see ourselves as the decision-makers. We end up feeling the need to be in control and, to some extent, to be responsible for everything in our business.
It’s distracting. It’s unnecessary.
We need to accept that our way isn’t the only way.
Other people can be involved. Other people can have ideas and ways of doing things that can be very powerful, and tapping into them can be beneficial.
In fact, many times when I delegate a task to members of my staff, they come up with great and innovative solutions I didn’t even consider. They come up with questions, ideas, and ways of getting things done that hadn’t occurred to me. This can be powerful.
For the more mundane tasks and routine items, your way doesn’t have to be the only way.
What matters is efficiency and whether the job is completed correctly. How are you impacting your customers? How are things getting done? If somebody wants to do something a different way than you do, and it’s still beneficial and efficient, then you should let them. You don’t have to hang on to your way. What matters is the outcome.
I’ve talked in other blogs about the fact that outcomes are important, not the process. The same is true here. When you need something done within your business or by a vendor, it’s not important how it’s done, as long as it’s neither illegal nor harmful. Let go of your way. Let other ways come into the process.
Have you had a hard time letting go? How did you overcome the instinct to insist something be done your way? Share your experiences with us.
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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein. This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique. Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Andy Stafiniak.
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