When I started my first business and had to do almost everything myself because I knew I was the only one that could do it right, I had a customer that owned 5 companies and was on the board of directors of 5 or 6 others. I used to think, how is it possible to be involved in so many ventures at the same time and know what’s going on. Over time I started talking to him about many business subjects and he became my first mentor. He taught me one of the most important lessons about being a boss, even though I didn’t use his information until years later.
I used to be an absolute crazy person, I had to have my fingers in everything, because I knew that if I wasn’t involved, it wouldn’t be done right. Then in 1985 I had my first heart attack and was out of work for about 3 months. When I went back to work, the business was still open and many of my employees did much more then I thought they were capable of. It was then that I remembered his words and finally took his advice. He said “you should let your employees do everything they’re capable of without putting limits on them. Your job is to get everything done that they can’t.”
All I can say is that most people, if given a chance, can do more than others think they can. A good boss gives his employees that chance.