There are many misconceptions about entrepreneurs, and one of them is that they desire the power of making decisions, and this idea could not be further from the truth.
Most entrepreneurs want decisions to be made by their team because practically any other scenario leads to bottle necks, indecision, and lack of progress for ALL company stakeholders. Make no mistake, an entrepreneur needs to make the tough, hard-to-call and extremely important decisions. However, this leaves more than 95% of decision-making to others.
So what does that mean to you? . . . Opportunity!
Entrepreneurs and managers CRAVE people who say, “I’ll take care of it.” There is nothing sweeter to my ear than to hear an employee or stakeholder take control of an issue and see it to a conclusion. Do you really want to become a valuable contributor and a trusted team member? If so, here are three simple ways to become an “I’ll take care of it” person” and increase your value:
1. Say, “Yes, I’ll take care of it!” It takes a lot of guts to stand-up and say, “I’ll take care of it.” Why? Because opportunities involve challenges in which one may not know ‘the answer’. Guess what? Most of the time nobody in the company knows ‘the answer’ either. The difference, a person of true value figures out the answer.
Greg Ubert is CEO of Crimson Cup Coffee. One of the reasons that we originally decided to serve Crimson Cup coffee at sparkspace (and believe me, we’re picky about our coffee) was seeing Greg’s commitment to build relationships and foster a sense of community. We tell a legendary story in our company about how Greg spent many hours with us — touring the roastery and visiting sparkspace — before recommending the blend of coffee we still proudly serve to this day. That was 8 years ago! What’s truly amazing is that we’re a pretty small customer for them, yet Greg has built a company that makes even the little guys feel important!