Friday, August 12, 2011

Too close brings comfort

Our children tell us as they grow up to leave them alone, let them do things on their own. They need to stand on their own, take a few falls and pick themselves back up.
Ditto for our businesses. We can be too involved, too available, too “always there.” A little distance can be pretty healthy. It exposes the good and the not good. It enables the employee to think first before giving up.

I have the problem of being too “always there” and have tried to improve on that. I have to actually work on not automatically helping or solving. Whether it’s in business or personal life, we must realize that people were given legs to stand up on their own.


  1. Barry LaBov your words ring oh so true for me and my business. Like you, if I see a situation in which an employee of mine needs help, I'm always the first one to rush to the scene and get my hands in there and fix it. It's very easy to lose sight of the fact that if I keep fixing everything for everyone, they'll never learn how to do it themselves. I know my employees are appreciative of my assistance, but from now on, I'm trying to dial it back a bit. It's really comforting to know that even such a successful guy like yourself can run into this problem. Thanks for helping to steer me in the right direction. It's little wonder why LaBov & Beyond is such a successful company.

  2. Charlie, I feel your pain! I'm the same way. Thanks for the thoughtful, honest response.