Hire the Best and Delegate

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on May 13, 2007

If you would like to work sane hours and have weekends off, you need to hire people who are better than you are in their areas, and be your own weakest link. As a small business owner, you are the boss. Though nobody but you can fire you, many small business owners still act as though one smart employee could unseat them. This is just plain wrong. I repeat: you are the boss.

This means that you have the luxury of hiring the best people you can find to work for you. Before you advertise for a new employee, do your homework, examine your situation, figure out what you need and how that new position is going to pay for itself and add to your bottom line. Be sure to think outside the box. When someone leaves, you don’t have to fill the position with the same type of employee. For example, if you spend a sizable chunk of your time doing paperwork and filing, you might decide that it would be more profitable to hire an office assistant rather than a sales rep, thus freeing you up to do more selling or have more billable hours.

Marilyn Holt, CMC, CEO
Holt Capital
Seattle, Wash.

Reader Comments

Ed

May 14, 2007 10:23 AM

I would like to add a small business owner should really have a clear definition of roles and processes than a typecast of some smart, high-paid person fulfilling the role. Once roles and processes are clearly laid out and understood by the business owner, it does not matter if the resource is an expert or marginal.

Too many times, I see in business this mystic aura of people who suppose to know everything or an expert when all the "expert" did is optimize roles and processes the business owner failed to do.

Robert Stinnett

May 15, 2007 8:46 PM

Please explain to us why you stole -- word for word -- this entry from "It's Called Work for a Reason" by Larry Winget.

Nick Leiber

May 30, 2007 3:23 PM

Robert, My name is Nick Leiber and I am the small business editor for BusinessWeek.com. Marilyn Holt confirmed that this is indeed her tip that she wrote herself -- she did not steal it.

Marilyn Holt

May 31, 2007 7:19 PM

Robert,
For years, I have been using this mantra: be your own weakest link. I coach my clients to do this, and follow my own advice in my own companies.

This advice has made it into several articles and presentations that I give. It has been continuously published on the web for six years at http://www.nwen.org/pdf/artventurer1101_feature3.pdf
and on my own Web site in a reprint of the same article titled THE NEW RULES FOR FUNDING TODAY.

However, this advice is so second nature to me that I did not reference my own work when I wrote this tip aimed at a friend who was feeling buffaloed by her employees.

Your accusation is the first time that I have heard of Larry Winget. I wish him the best in giving solid management coaching advice.

Marilyn Holt, CMC

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