Recently, my business partner, Jeff, took on coaching a young girl’s soccer team. He has done a lot of coaching over the years and has won his fair share of titles, but this time it is different. This time he is faced with the challenge of coaching 12-year-old girls. This past weekend, the girls played a couple of games against a decent team and, unfortunately, they didn’t fare so well. After the game, Jeff mentioned they just didn’t seem to have the drive to go after the ball. He said at times it was almost like they were confused and he couldn’t immediately put his finger on what was going on. The girls had played well in the past, although this time they seemed to be “thinking” about playing, rather than trusting what they had learned to do so well, as part of their training. (more…)
Inevitably as a business owner, you will make one mistake that you’ll look back on and wonder how you ever thought it was a good idea. We all have our own stories of doing this –it seems to be an unspoken rite of passage in the world of owning a business!
But what is that one thing? That one thing is you’re going to hire someone and then come to regret it. Some of you reading this are probably already laughing because you know exactly what I mean. Others could be in the midst of this right now, so you might not think it’s so funny. No matter how established you are, remember that this happens to all of us, but matters even more are the actions you take next.
1) Don’t Take It Personally
Anytime you hire someone, whether an employee or a service provider, you’re rolling the dice. Regardless of how well someone interviews or the bank of credentials and references they bring with them, sometimes the fit just isn’t right between the two parties. What makes this so difficult for most small business owners is they take it personally.