Over the summer, we hosted a free, live event and gave our followers a chance to submit any questions they had for our team and I answered as many as I could in the hour we had together. There were many questions we didn't have a chance to get to, but they were still good questions that I'd like to answer for you.
Zak Lane of Landscape Effects Group asked us what the role of a CEO should be, and how an owner can better get into the coaching mindset to let their team succeed. I thought it was a great question, so Zak I'm going to answer it for you this weekend.
In answering this question I want to talk about the journey we've taken to get to where we are today at Grunder Landscaping Co. As a reminder, my business is nearly 40 years old, I am 54, and my role has evolved. I know that when I was younger, I wasn't only a CEO, but also a sales person and production leader all at once.
But no matter what stage your business is in or what your responsibilities include, it really comes down to four things:
CEOs need to get out of their team's way. CEOs should focus on what they're best at doing, and can do better than anyone else on the team, and then empower people with complementary skills. Once you've established a team you trust, don't get in the way of them doing what they're great at. This is a lesson I learned the hard way, and I held my team back for too long by trying to do too many things myself.
I held onto responsibilities because I felt like I was burdening my team by handing off work to them. What I've learned is that so many of our team members want additional responsibilities. I had to reframe it for myself: I wasn't dumping things on them, I was allowing them to learn new skills and giving myself time to focus on things I was better at.
As you look at the week ahead, I challenge the CEOs, and any leaders, reading this to think about their roles and responsibilities: are you cheerleading, are you setting a vision that others want to follow, are you giving your team the ball with expectations, and are you being a servant leader?I'll talk to you next week!
President & CEO
The Grow Group & Grunder Landscaping Co.