How one good manager grows another

January 17, 2011 · 0 comments

Have you ever gotten so frustrated with how long it takes to train an employee to do something that you’ve given up and said, “It’s just quicker if I do it myself”? I guess we’ve all been there at one time or another.

It can be a huge temptation to just do it yourself, especially when you’re in a hurry. The problem with thinking like this is that every business owner is ALWAYS in a hurry. Many times, we forgo good training procedures to save a little time. Short term, this is effective, but long term, it’s a disaster. It’s a disaster because we (owners) just keep doing too much, while our employees remain untrained, and often underemployed and underappreciated, too.

If you’ve ever found yourself in the predicament I’m describing here, here’s a five-step training process that will help you grow good employees:

How Managers Grow
  Your Actions The Result
Step #1 “I’ll do it myself.” You’re alone.
Step #2 “I’ll get someone to help me.” You work with someone.
Step #3 You’re so busy that you never get to fully train your employees. As a result, your expectations aren’t met. Frustrated, you say, “I’ll just do it myself.” Often, you’re the last one working. You’re alone again.
Step #4 You seek a better way and learn how to develop fully trained, self-actualized, and responsible employees who are fully accountable for their actions. You successfully work with someone.
Step #5 You teach your good, responsible employees your training style and management disciplines, so they can train and develop others. You become a top manager and fully enjoy the fruits of your success.

Remember, a good employee will not only add to the profits of your company — they will make your life a little easier and happier. Of course, the best managers realize that continual training is the only road to “freedom.” If you aren’t willing to invest time for training — when you don’t have it — you will probably always feel trapped into “doing everything.” Doing everything is one of the doom loops I see too many business owners trapped in.

But, if you’ll make a habit of following the five step training process of growing a good employee shown above, you’ll actually be able to take some time off without the place falling apart!

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