Delegate or outsource everything except the stuff you’re awesome at. It allows you to focus on the tasks you’re amazing at. ~Cameron Herold
We’ve all heard advice like this.
Focus on your strengths. Stay in your “Zone of Genius.” If you’re not good at it, find someone else to do it.
There’s one problem with that advice.
Who will tell you that you are terrible at something?
Maybe you taught yourself how to use Quickbooks. Compared to where you were when you started, you are a rock star! But you’re still a beginner compared to an experienced bookkeeper!
No one sees your bookkeeping other than your accountant, and she doesn’t complain. I mean, she finds what she needs to do the taxes.
But when I look at a client’s books kept by a professional, I can see the trends and analyze the company’s performance so much more quickly! When the client is doing their own bookkeeping, there are always a lot of adjustments and things that don’t make sense. There’s no way to see what’s going on!
You never had any formal training as a manager, but your team gets a lot done – no one is complaining.
How much more could they get done if they had a top-notch manager? Would the team grow their skills? Would they stay longer? Would they deliver more?
How does the boss get unvarnished feedback?
When you are the boss, it’s hard to get good feedback. No one wants to tell you that you don’t know what you are doing! But we need that feedback.
Where are you getting unvarnished feedback? Who tells you that you stink at accounting, or that you’re not a great manager?
Hit reply and let me know!