Hey You, yes YOU, you over there who thinks you know everything, that thinks you’re doing fine and thinks that you’re happy enough and your team is happy enough. You’re wrong. You’re not fine. Your team is not happy enough and you need to do better. Sorry, but it’s true.
Everyone needs someone who’s been there before, who’s done whatever it is you’re doing, has done it better, in which case they can tell you what they did, or has done it worse and in that case they’ve identified the mistakes you’re about to make.
Whether that person is a mentor, a therapist, a coach or a friend - or some combination of all the above, you need that person in your life.
Whether you’re a CEO, a CTO, an investor or a middle manager, you need someone, outside of your organisation, who doesn’t know you that well yet, to tell you when you’re full of crap or when you’re about to make a monumental mistake. A person to tell you how to motivate that un-motivateable member of staff. Or how to manage that really tricky situation you think you might be in really soon.
I always wonder why more people don’t have that person in their lives. Personally I have about 6 people I trust and I try to meet up with 3 x’s a year with who all have different experiences growing teams, building companies and products. It’s hard when you’re wearing multiple hats, but it’s even more important in this situation.
So if you don’t have that person in your life, start looking.
Note - this post is based on several conversations over the past 6 months, not one particular conversation, so if you’re taking this personal, you’re waisting time. Time that would be better off finding a mentor!