Do People Have to Seek Your Permission?

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Do people who work for you have to seek your permission to serve your business?  Or are they free to make you look good in the public eye?  Do they have to get approval from an upper level manager (namely you) who grants them the ability to serve in your best interest?

Did you hire people to take on responsibility or to take on authority?  No wonder you still have to “manage” the business day-to-day!

Expect people to do better and they usually will.  Hire them to take responsibility and they will reward you in return.

But you say, “Jim, I can’t turn the business over to these people!”  Then that proves you hired them to take responsibility for tasks you didn’t want to do and retained the authority to perform those same tasks.  You are still in charge…

Raise the level of requirements to succeed in your organization.  Tell everyone you expect them to do better.  Verbalize your expectations and goals you have for them.  Hire people to work themselves out of their job by mentoring, training or equipping another to take their place one day.

Reinforce and reward this constantly to them. Use motivational stories, vision-casting, praising them publicly and rewarding them financially or substantially (and publicly).

Demand excellence of your leaders.  Go from giving your “permission” to excel to making it their responsibility to excel.  Only insecure leaders fear success in their subordinates.

Change your strategy and it will change their results.  Look for ways to reward and require self-motivated excellence.

Jim Mathis is an international professional speaker and author of the Best-selling Reinvention Made Easy: Change Your Strategy, Change Your Results. To receive his free monthly e-newsletter with articles like this send a SUBSCRIBE message to:


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