20 January 2015

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself” – Henry Ford

teamwork_rowers_300x225Micromanagement. It’s one of my least favourite words and, in my opinion, one of the worst ways to run a business. Why? It’s simple really: who works well with someone breathing down their neck? In my experience, no one.

Yet when you empower people and encourage them to take ownership over their own part of the business, more often than not they will step up to the challenge, sometimes even exceeding your expectations.

However, empowerment on its own isn’t as potent as when it’s combined with a sense of alignment. By that I mean – what is the purpose of your business? What are your values? Where are you headed? How does each person contribute to that journey?

Each individual has a part to play in moving the company in the right direction, much like a team of rowers. When they are in sync, moving forward together, this is when they stand the best chance of winning the race. An example of the similarities between business and competitive sport – as well as the importance of alignment.

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