Three Parenting Tips to Help Your Business to Grow Up!
This week with Father’s Day approaching, I’ve been thinking about the many parallels between parenting and growing a business. In fact, as I teach tools and disciplines of the Entrepreneurial Operating System to business owners, I teach that leading a business requires you to follow a few sound principles of parenting.
These principles are adopted from training Dr. Thomas Gordon started developing back in the 60s called Parent Effectiveness Training, or P.E.T. for short.
Principle 1 – Good Parents Have a Handful of Rules.
In a business the handful of rules you focus on are your Core Values. They help you find the right people to bring into your business in the first place. And even though it sounds a bit counterintuitive, a few rules bring lots of freedom to your organization. When your team members and other leaders look at questions and problems through the Core Values lens. the way to solve problems becomes clear. And some of the most common problems in any business – people problems – become simple to identify and resolve. Notice I said simple not easy. The simple part is to watch for Core Values wins and violations. It’s pretty easy to celebrate wins. It can be much harder to address core values violations … but don’t put this off! Core Values violations will eat away at your company and your culture from the inside and destroy your ability to deliver on your brand promise.
Principle 2 – Good Parents Repeat Themselves Often
I teach leadership teams that people in their organization probably need to hear something seven times before it sinks in and they “really hear it” for the first time. Having this expectation going in, You can catch yourself when you feel your frustration rising because people don’t seem engaged or completely clear about what you’ve already told them four times. Just say to yourself, “three more times and they should get it!” Keep teaching. Keep communicating! Remember one of the “Three Laws of Performance” (from the book by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan) is “the way things occur to people arises in language.” Keep repeating powerful language about your vision for the future and you will transform the way your business occurs to your team and your customers.
Principle 3 – Good Parents are Consistent
As a leader, you have to walk the talk. “Do as I say not as I do” will not work for you! As goes the leadership team, so goes the rest of the company. Get clear on your vision and consistently measure your progress toward it with Measurables and a Scorecard. Hold yourself and your leadership team accountable to define and complete Rocks each quarter that align with your 1-Year Plan. You must inspect what you expect.
Being a Better Parent for Your Business
As we honor fathers this coming Sunday, will you commit to being a better parent in your business? Know your handful of rules, repeat yourself often, and be consistent! This will dramatically increase your ability to bring up “your baby” in a way that results in your business being more like a responsible adult that will manage itself when you’re not there!
Be great this week!
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