Thursday, June 10, 2010

Founder's Syndrome

When you start a business from nothing and have success, you feel like you know what you're doing. And you probably do.

But what got you to where you are may not get you to where you want to go.

Founders of businesses, executives, and others in leadership positions can be their own biggest obstacle to success if they don't embrace the idea that other people just may have great ideas.

An entrepreneur buddy of mine hired a great guy with unique expertise to help his company. It was a brilliant hire. This guy was hired for that expertise, but guess what? He wasn't allowed to use it because the founder was uncomfortable with that guy's recommendations and ideas. Instead the founder went back to his old ideas and approach because it just felt right.

If you run a company or a team and everyone loves your ideas to the point that you think you're smarter than everyone else, you're probably deluding yourself. You've either got the wrong team surrounding you (they're a bunch of yes-men and yes-women) or you're not inspiring, and yes, allowing some of your brilliant hires to earn their salaries.

When it comes to breakthrough ideas:
If it feels uncomfortable, it just might be right.

Barry LaBov
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