…learning to delegate and hire people more talented than myself who can get the job done.

January 24, 2021
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Like many young entrepreneurs, when I first took over the company, I tended to use the “command-and-control” style of leadership. You can get results that way, but doesn’t do much for your own personal growth or those around you.

When you do what you say you’re going to do and you make money year in and year out, eventually you build some credibility, but it didn’t come easy for me. I had to earn their respect and confidence an inch at a time.

January 24, 2021
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The main thing I’ve learned is that a CEO’s role should be to develop and create an atmosphere that promotes personal growth within the company. If the CEO just concentrates on that, wonderful things will happen.

January 24, 2021
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That’s the mistake that so many people make. You get to be the boss, and you think immediately that the way to be the boss is to be responsible for everything.

January 24, 2021
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Keep your eye on everything, make sure that you’ve got every “I” dotted and every “T” crossed. We forget that that will totally limit growth of a company and the growth of the people, because one person can only do so much.

The key lesson for me has been that all people need in order to become really involved is for them to be part of something. They can’t be convinced to be part of something. They have to be the inventors.

January 24, 2021
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If you have the right atmosphere, if you have the right culture, you don’t need supervisors at all.

January 24, 2021
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Management really screws up, because we tend to make decisions autocratically, and we tend to implement democratically.

January 24, 2021
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We sit back and decide what strategic thing it is we are going to do, and then we go out and we try to talk the staff into supporting this decision that we just made because it’s so wonderful. Shultz says you should turn that around. In order to make decisions, you should get everybody…

That’s why I start my speech off by saying that the more something succeeds, the more something works right for you, the more likely you are to fail.

January 24, 2021
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I’ve learned that the best way to connect with people is by letting your guard down, by sharing your concern for the situation and having some compassion for the other person.

January 24, 2021
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Despite my personal growth on the inside, on the outside I remain very focused and goal-oriented. I doubt those characteristics will ever go away, but the most important lesson I’ve learned from sitting in the driver’s seat is the unshakable goodness and value of people.

January 24, 2021
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