I have to admit, I have always been a controlling person. Starting 5 years, from choosing our colors and logo for www.71lbs.com ago, to choosing the Ikea (as-is) furniture for our office, to until recently, having to personally interview every one of our team members before we gave them a job offer, and I still like to at least meet everyone.
I thought that I was doing the right thing for the business. Not straying away from the original idea, making sure our new team members fit with our ‘culture’, ensuring we weren’t spending unnecessary money in what I thought were not-so important assets, like furniture.
What I didn’t realize was that my control-freak was curbing and limiting our people’s creativity, willingness to be themselves, and overall ability to grow.
I was reminded of this growth potential when I recently attended a design training for entrepreneurs, hosted by Ironhack. One of the presenters was an Ironhack team member, and he gracefully explained Ironhack’s mission to provide educational sessions to entrepreneurs and developers. I walked up to Ariel Quinones, co-founder of Ironhack, and shared with him my excitement for him. An A-ha moment hit me, as I realized that various 71lbs team members were trying this, yet I have been limiting their potential my micro-managing, having to approve and control every decision and detail.
It is very rewarding to see how your vision multiplies as you see your team members sharing your company’s mission with prospects, customers, and partners.
Took me a while to get it.
Always working on being a better version of myself.