In our work with business owners, we have observed three beliefs that can hold them back from managing better, often without them being aware of their impact.
Next time you are feeling frustrated with your staff, it might be time to check your thinking for any of the following…
Have they taken the risk to build the business, invested their personal funds, time, energy and emotion? Why would they care like you do?
Their money will be in the bank next pay day, regardless of whether they buy into your dreams.
We’re all only capable of change if we have the will to change. Why would you expect your staff to change their behaviour through the power of your will?
You can inspire and encourage change in others’ behaviour, but you can’t control it.
You can enlist others’ cooperation and collaboration, but there are not many people in civilian life who like to be ordered around.
Business owners tell us consistently that they want staff who are self-starters and take initiative. Isn’t it a bit unrealistic to then expect the people you’ve recruited – because they have these traits – to suddenly want to follow a directive without question?
Have you noticed how your beliefs affect your management style? Please share your thoughts below.
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