So you all know the phrase lead, follow or get out of the way? Well, when it’s your company, you have to lead or your business will get pushed out of the way. Change and resistance to it comes up a lot when you own your own business. You’re constantly challenged.
A while back, I called in one of my teams (information architect/writer, programmer and designer) and told them we had a new project. They were eager to sink their teeth into it. I said, before I tell you about the assignment, I have to warn you that the client will be very difficult to deal with and a real micromanager. They didn’t care and kept pushing to learn who the client was. I said “me”. I knew myself well enough to know that I needed my website changed but that if I took the helm, we’d never get the job done – plus, I’d drive everyone crazy (including myself) trying to micromanage the project. (This same situation arose when I started writing my book, alone. I wrote and re-wrote the first chapter for at least three or four months and was just stuck at that point until my co-author came aboard and said, hey we’ll go back and fix it later, let’s just get the whole thing down on paper first – which is what we did).
My team took the assignment, gave me specific tasks to do and otherwise went away and came back with a really nice product. I knew they would do that – so I just stood back and let them make the changes what needed to be done.
Maria Moraca touches on three key areas to work on in her blog: http://ht.ly/kULcZ