Set expectations early and often, or they will be set for you. Almost EVERY challenge we face as a company has been a result of us not setting Clear Expectations. If you work with ultra-successful clients, this is a common challenge. Here’s how we use Clear Expectations to lead leaders.
If a meeting can start without you, then you shouldn’t be in it. That’s just one way we make our meetings more productive. Our meeting style may not work for everyone, but if you try our strategies, you’ll immediately cut your meeting costs.
Numbers tell a story. If you don’t know your company’s finances, you don’t know your story. In the beginning, our cofounders thought they knew our finances. In reality, we didn’t even know how much money was in outstanding accounts.
When I came on as CEO of Scribe Media, I ended up firing 8 of the 14 people that were at the company – but first, I always asked myself two distinct questions before firing them.
We needed to have a hard conversation. He wasn’t getting fired. He wasn’t getting demoted. But we needed him to change positions…and take a salary cut in the process.
“You just walked into the office. The co-founders are gone, you can’t get ahold of me, and three people just quit. What do you do?”
I had to fire multiple people when I took over the CEO role at Scribe. Firing a terrible person is easy, but how do you fire a good person in a way that doesn’t hurt them?
No disrespect, but most business leaders I know wouldn’t even share their company’s salary and financial information with their dog, let alone everyone in their company. They’d never admit it, but those business leaders hoard information for one reason: they’re afraid.