“But I don’t like borscht” and other opinions I don’t care about

My family doesn’t really like borscht. Even my husband (whose main positive attribute, in my view, is that he’ll eat anything I decide to cook) shakes his head a little when he hears that it’s on the menu. But I keep serving it for two reasons. First, it’s good for them, full of vitamins and fiber. Second,  I happen to love borscht and I figure since I do 110% of the cooking we ought to eat what I like.

If you’re running a business and managing employees, you likely run into situations on a regular basis that make you doubt your judgement. There are plenty of things for employees to disagree with and in a small business, they often feel it easier to express their opinions to you and to their co-workers.

I once had a client who, after much consideration, moved to a direct deposit payroll system. She knew that not only would she get some efficiencies from this move, but it would be easier and faster for her employees to get access to their earnings. But despite her careful preparation and extensive communication, when the first direct deposit payroll rolled around she nearly had a mutiny. She received enough negative feedback that she called me to ask if she should revert to her old system.

My answer? “Absolutely not.” Why? Because despite the fact that the employees reacted to the change, it was still better for the business and better for the employees to continue. And additionally, since her name was on the building, she got to decide.

Last night as I ladled up steaming borscht I encouraged my 7-year-old (also known as “He Who Eats Almost Nothing”) to give it another chance. “You like cooked celery,” I said, “cooked cabbage is even better.”

He apparently was in a mood to humor me and gave it a try. “It’s not bad,” he said, and he took another spoonful, not only validating my decision but giving me something to hold over the heads of the rest of the family – a huge bonus!

Trust your instincts and be willing to take charge. Nobody said leadership was going to be easy but if I can get my kid to eat beet soup you can surely win over your employees.

Have you ever second-guessed one of your decisions? Send your stories to sarah@dayonebusinessservices.com. If I use it I’ll feature your business.

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