It’s creative minds that drive every business. And where employees are given free hand to perform their art, the business generally becomes successful. It’s the responsibility of every business employer to ensure, at the recruitment stage, that the employees are persons who are exceptional in character, creativity, knowledge and performance. Is that what businesses do? Are employers letting their employees loose to exercise their art whole heartedly? The answer is a resounding no, at least for most business employers.
Admittedly, there are two most difficult things that business employers do. First is recruiting the right employees and secondly is getting out of the way of the recruited employees so that they can do their art. What makes these two so difficult? When it comes to the recruitment of the employees, most employers find it a challenge identifying the employees who can deliver; the ones who are passionate about that particular job.
On the other hand, giving employees the freedom to do their work also presents a huge challenge. Most business employers have a feeling that their employees can’t perform the way they do. As a result they put them through very tight supervision with some going as far as micromanaging everything. Besides, there are employers who don’t give their employees the freedom to do their art with the illusion that their business customers would directly give jobs to their employees, resulting in a loss to the business.
Is This True Of All Employees?
In most instances this is unnecessary insecurity. In fact, many employees would instead offer their best and only appreciate you for at least getting the job, or better still, creating the platform. Even when they fully understand that they are the ones doing the actual job, most employees fully recognize that the employer deserves a percentage for bringing the job. Some employees therefore focus more on performing their art passionately and letting the employer do their part.
A very successful way of doing business is thus having a competitive recruitment process and then giving the employees the freedom to do their art.
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Hey folks, Thom Rigsby here from thomrigsby.com, another show from the lake. Today we’re talking about allowing your team to perform their art. What the heck is Thom talking about? Stay tuned, 7 Minutes in the Morning is coming right up.
Hi there folks, good morning and welcome. This is 7 Minutes in the Morning, it’s your daily dose from your business coach, that’s me, my name is Thom Rigsby. Well, if you’re watching the video, you’re not watching me, because today we’ve got a nice picture from the lake. I’m out here at the County Lake, really nice and calm and serene. Just a shout across the lake there, and I wanted to start the show out with that picture, with that point of view, because
we are talking about art today. Your employees, your team that does work for you, whether they’re full time, contract or freelancer, they are doing art. They’re finding their fulfillment. Art is defined as meaningful work.
If you have empowered them for success, then you’re letting them do their art. Here’s the tricky part; this is the second hardest thing that a business owner has to do. The first is deciding to hire an employee. The second hardest thing that a business owner has to do is get out of the way and let them do their art. So often we feel like nobody is going to do it the way I would, I have to show them how to do it. It’s going to take me years to train them –
every excuse in the book for why you’re holding this person back. If you did a good job, you hired for character, you hired somebody who can take on the task that you need performed, once they’re equipped. Facilitate their success, give them a task, show them your intent and turn them loose. Let them do their art.
What I hear all the time is, well nobody is going to do it as well as I can do it. You know what? You’re right, in a lot of cases; they’ll do it better than you could do it. If we’re being perfectly honest, I think that’s what most of us worry about. Wow, men, if I started this business then it’s all mine, but what if they do a better job than me. Won’t my customers hire them away instead? No, because your art, your passion, your fulfillment comes in the business. Their motivation and fulfillment comes from a completely different thing. Maybe they don’t enjoy
worrying about finding work, maybe they love doing the task and they’re willing to allow you to take a percentage, take a cut of the money they could make, because you find them the work and they can just focus on the work. That’s called letting them do their art, and delegating, letting your team do the work, that’s the hardest thing that business owners have to do. If you are working for somebody else today, let me ask you this question. Are you giving your business owner your best art? Well now, I might hear a response to that that says “Well, I don’t think
that way, Thom. They’re not letting me do my art.” Really, I know in some cases, they might be overbearing, they might be micro managing, but you can still do the very best you can do, in that circumstance. It is your duty, your responsibility to do that for them.
Whether you are a business owner, a business leader or even an employee, find a way to do your art, and to let those on your team and those around you, to facilitate pursuing their art. If you do, now here’s the reward that you have. A lot of fear around delegating and letting – turning the team loose – the reward that you’re going to get is a happy productive team. When they’re happy and productive, the work that they do is a reflection of your work. So if you’re a painter and you turn this guy or girl loose on painting the house, that you facilitated them,
you’re letting them find and fulfill their art. You think they’re going to do a good job? Yeah, they’re going to do a great job, and that home owner is going to tell you how great a job they did. That home owner, that business owner, that customer of yours, is going to be happy with you for bringing them to do their work. It’s crazy how this stuff works, but time and time again I’ve seen it work out that way.
Your job as a business owner or a leader is to find ways, find the gaps that are preventing you from letting your team loose, to let them do their art. You can’t just “Okay, there it is, go do it,” then go home and kick your feet up. Delegate it, supervise, make sure they’re doing it to your standards, doing it the right way and not slacking off. But if you’ve hired for character, the way we talked about yesterday, none of those are going to be a problem. They’ll be performing their art, you can go find more business, keep the books full for them, everybody wins that way. Delegate, I know its scary, I know its fearful, but you’ll grow a bigger business. In fact, it’s the only way that you can grow a bigger business, by letting them do their art.
I hope that that’s helped a little bit, or maybe its generated some questions for you. Either way, I’d love to hear from you, drop me an e-mail email@example.com. And if you haven’t been watching the videos, you’ve got to go to youtube/thomrigsby, especially today; I’ve had a whole little barrage or bugs flattering around my face today. I’m whacking and scratching bugs away from my face the whole time here, so you might want to go check that out, get a
good laugh from it. I’ll be back tomorrow with another topic. Until then remember, my name is Thom Rigsby, I’m your business coach.