This is my 100th blog since we started doing them over 2 years ago, so a landmark has been reached. But I doubt I would have reached this stage so quickly if it hadn’t been for Alison, who always pushes me to complete them every week.
As with many things in life and in business, it is so much easier not to do something, than to do it, and particulary when it doesn’t necessarily have a huge impact on anything, it is simple to let yourself off the hook. There are plenty of excuses for justifying why you don’t do things, but if you have someone “nagging” you to get it done, then it is much harder to ignore.
As a business owner it is important to empower people around you to take responsibility for their job roles, and if they require you to do something to allow them to complete their role efficiently and effectively, then you should give them permission to chase you until it is done.
Being a business owner is a lonely place to be, even if you employ large numbers of people. When things are going well everyone wants to be part of it, but when things are bad, you suddenly find yourself making key decisions on your own. In these situations you can often wish that you had someone to talk things over with, but without a sympathetic ear it can lead to procrastination and dithering, rather than making a decision which will move things forward. Doing nothing, whilst apparently the easiest way out, is seldom the best option. In most cases we instinctively know the best way to go, so analyse your options, make a decision and live with it.
If you find it difficult to take these decisions, then either allow your team to hold you more accountable, or get a coach to ensure you do the things you know you should be doing, but keep finding excuses not to do them.