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Empowering Your Team

EmpowerOur daughter, Tiffany is ten years old, five-four, and loves basketball.

About three months ago, she asked if she could participate in gymnastics. Although I was somewhat reluctant, I agreed to let her give it a try. Since then, she’s moved up a class, and she’s doing an impressive job in the sport.

Now, you may be asking yourself why I was reluctant. It really boiled down to three simple reasons that I’m sure other dads can understand:
  1. I wanted her to focus on what she does best.
  2. I didn’t want her to lose her desire to play basketball.
  3. Personally, I just don’t care for gymnastics.
So, why did I allow her to participate?
  1. Tiffany is very flexible physically, so I reasoned that all that limber jumping around on the mats would help her in basketball.
  2. She needs to be able to try new things, to discover her strengths and what she truly enjoys—not just what her dad enjoys watching her do.
  3. I feared that if I didn’t allow her to try it, she’d be less likely to want to try new things later.
Not only has my daughter moved up in a class, but with the guidance and encouragement of her expert instructors, she’s also accomplished some new moves she could never have done on her own. She looks forward to going to every practice, and we have seen her confidence improve.

A great story, sure, but what does this have to do with running a business? Plenty!

Maybe you’re used to doing a certain task a certain way and are reluctant to change. If that’s the case, perhaps you should quit doing what you’ve done for years and allow your team to try some new things. What got us here won’t keep us here, folks, and as the old adage says, if you always do what you’ve always done, you may never get where you should be going! Until we open our wings and try something new, we’ll never know what possibilities are out there for us. Just as we, as parents, empowered Tiffany to try something new, leaders also need to empower our teams to try new things.

Carry On!

Greg McAfee
Greg McAfee
HVAC Business Consultant