Smartest person in your company…yea right!

May 8, 2013 by Jason Weldon

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I find myself living by this statement more and more as my company grows each year. I am starting to become a person who can help, chime in and/or direct on certain things, but I am certainly not the smartest person in the company. Now this doesn’t mean that I am clueless, far from it. I bring some very valuable traits to the company. Leadership, direction and poise are my best attributes, but managing the office, directing the operations, running the productions, prepping the team are not my best skills. And that is where I need people that are better than me, well not better, but have other strengths.

 

In order for your company to grow, you need to have some people on your team that are truly better then you at certain things. You need more talented people in certain areas. You need people that can get the job done the way it was supposed to be done. And then you need to let them do it. Get the heck out of the way!

 

Smart business owners get this. They understand that a company filled with smart people managing it will make for a better company. A company that can see new avenues for revenue, create systems to accomplish those avenues and then ulitmatly put the right people in place to get it done are all going to be more successful then the business owner who just tries to do it all himself or herself.

 

But its hard. Its not in your DNA. If you hire people smarter than you, they may try and change things from the way you founded your company. They may steal your ideas and go start their own company. Or probably the worst outcome, they may see your weaknesses. What YOU aren’t good at!

 

But folks, that is what we want. You can’t be good at everything. You can’t always be the smartest one in the room. You have to learn from people and what better way to learn then by someone you are paying to make you money! I mean, makes sense doesn’t it. Go out and find the best, brightest, smartest person available to you at the time the position is available and fitting the requirements that you are offering. And then hire them!

 

Whatever you do, do not WAIT for the perfect person. To come along, they never will. You are going to hire some people that you thought were smart, but really are just like everyone else. You will let them go and start the process all over again. Some people you will hire and right away will have you questioning yourself “Why didn’t I do this sooner!”But ultimately, the idea is to get people on the bus that can all sit in the rights seats and know what to do, without being told what seat to sit in and what to do while sitting.

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Jason Weldon is a wedding business consultant who specializes in small to medium-sized companies that want to grow their business. His objective is to help guide people through organizing their thoughts and laying the groundwork for a better, more successful start-up. He currently lives in Philadelphia and is also the president of Synergetic Sound and Lighting, Inc. and DJ and A/V company.


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