5 Ways to Empower Your Team

Layla Foord

Get out of the way so your team can go Provide a clear road and destination, don’t give specific directions, they’ll make their own way there

This week I was on a panel at Slush Down Under in Melbourne, discussing ways to attract talent to your start-up. We quickly moved on to the more interesting topic of when you actually start to look for people to fill the gaps you have in the business.

It often comes down to the same thing.

The temptation for many founders is to continue to do all the thinking themselves and stock up on people who can do the work. But I’ve seen time and time again, founders with dozens of direct reports who are fulfilling on orders rather than delivering outcomes.

This isn’t wrong, it’s normal. You’re the thinker, you know how you want things done and it is quicker to just tell somebody how to do it. At the beginning it probably is.

But soon…

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