In the chaotic world of entrepreneurship, it is rare that entrepreneurs assess how they work, and how they organize and execute their days. We are often running from fire to fire and don’t think about the ways we can be more efficient, more balanced, more rested and more effective.

Everyone Sucks Unless You Manage Them

I recently had an entrepreneur tell me, “No one can perform up to my standards.” I asked her, “What about Steve Jobs or Arianna Huffington or Martin Luther King or Donna Karen or Elon Musk? Would they be okay?” As entrepreneurs, we lose perspective all the time. In our eyes, regardless of their compensation or arrangement, everyone is under-performing. We get frustrated that people won’t read voluminous materials and don’t spend every waking moment living our perspective. We just believe that everyone sucks! 

“Everyone only sucks if you fail to put them in a position to have a positive impact on the business.”

At early stages, you don’t have the financial or human resources to put in place “normal” relationships—relationships in which people are paid market salaries and have normal working hours and conditions. This applies to many constituents such as employees, vendors, advisors, board members and consultants. When people are working for below market salaries, and often with undefined roles, our lack of management of them and aligning them to the most efficient tasks given their time commitment causes frustration.

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