Monthly Archives: Aug 2014

Step back and see what happens – but not too far too soon

It may be instinctive to those of us who are business owners, parents or simply adults, to want to step in and help those we are responsible for – to save them from making the mistakes we made or just to save time. Just as there is a spectrum of parenting from over-protective through casual to neglectful, so there are numerous management styles.

I worked with one business owner recently who appointed a manager to run his business, virtually abandoned it for a couple of years then came storming back in because profits had declined. Although he admitted privately that he was at fault for stepping back too soon and taking his eye off the ball, the damage was done in that his team’s confidence was gone and the business suffered the loss of many experienced staff.

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