Who's the boss?

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We all like to think we are in control. It's our shop. We decide what jobs will be none and when and who will do them.

It's our call when it comes to which bills to pay first and who to hire and what time break will be. But, as employers, we need to be mindful of who is really running the show.

We want to hire really good people who can, with a minimal level of direction, take hold of a project and get it done properly and expediently. The problem is that people like this are, more often than not, very motivated and likely to want to be in control themselves. If you are not careful or come to depend just a bit too much on your employees, you might easily wake up one day to the fact that they are actually the ones running things.

I once worked for an architect who wanted those dedicated, hardworking employees. But, he would say, "I don't want guys who want to be contractors or architects. I want guys who want to be carpenters!" To me, that is a capsule version of what I am talking about here. You may not easily find a person who is content to be a shop worker but who also has to motivation you want to see in your employees. Another dilemma?

D.D.

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