R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about training your employees to replace you so you can do more profitable activities.
Hey, there. Shawn here with you. Talking about how to rev up your profits by getting your employees to replace you. Simple philosophy in concept, harder in execution, but I think all of us as business owners should be thinking about having employees replace us to take over our roles so that we can move to a higher role. And this works if you’re within an organization if you’re a corporate employee thinking about how to move to the next level, but it also works if you’re a business owner.
How do you delegate the functions that you’re doing and how do you get your employees to replace you? Now, some people might take the scare tactic. They’re afraid of getting employees that are too powerful, that knows too much. But the good employees, the really great ones, they want to advance, they’re going to want to move up the food chain and you’re got to let them do that because if you don’t let them do it in your organization, they’re going to find an organization where they can. They want to be that intellectually stimulated; they want that challenge.
So we want to find these great people. And what we want to do is we want to be constantly training them, giving them all the skills we have, give them all the knowledge we have, complete download to the employees of everything you know as you can, as you’re working on projects, as you’re doing things together, you want to teach them everything you know. You’re not holding back, you are really teaching them your craft, what you know, and the full extent of it. And the limits of your knowledge too, because you’re not going to know everything and when you teach people stuff, it’s scary because you’re going to have to admit you don’t know some things and you’re taking some chances. But you want a full download because you want that employee to step up to take your role.
And what does that mean? You want to replace yourself. An employee then replaces you, and then as you get replaced, you can move to a higher level, you can do something different, you can do something more beneficial to the company, and you can free-up time for creation, for new ideas, for innovation, for things that you haven’t had time to do. So always be thinking about getting yourself replaced. I know it’s scary and you’re going to have to find something to fill that void, but as this process becomes natural, you’re going to see a lot of growth, both in yourself and your organization.
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Get those employees where they can replace their supervisors and free the supervisors to do the next things and free your business owners to do great things. Big, big things with your business. So R. Shawn McBride, signing off. I’m going to talk with all of you very soon.
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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.