It’s easy to become blind when you’re too close to something. Parents experience this all the time. Their children grow, but they still seem them as babies. Writers experience this, too. Many have to set pieces aside for upwards of six months before the can spot errors. These are typical issues, and we all miss what’s in front of us from time to time.
The trouble is, this harmless habit can become an issue when it comes to business. As with a child, you’ve been with your business from day one. You’ve watched it grow, and you’ve probably spent every day with it since conception. That’s a lovely thing, but it can also lead to blindness where it matters. The needs of your company change as it grows just as much as the needs of a child do. If you don’t spot that, you could fast find yourself struggling.
This matter gets worse when you consider that most of us are blind to our blindness. If you recognized there was an issue, there wouldn’t be one. Hence why, in some cases, it can be best to bring an outside eye into proceedings. This may be a long-term outsourced service or a one-off helping hand. Either way, let’s consider the reasons this could help.
You won’t see what you need when you’re too close
A parent may miss the fact their child needs new clothes because they’re too close. And, a business owner may miss the fact they need to alter operations for the same reason. Either way, an outside eye could help. School teachers may point out the need for replacement shoes. And, an outside company could point out your need for a shift in business. If your current tech isn’t working, an IT consulting company could be the answer for finding workable alternatives. If your office decor isn’t promoting productivity, an interior decorating company could solve the problem. You get the idea. By letting outside companies in, you can iron issues you weren’t even aware of.
You won’t want to kill your darlings
William Faulkner stated that a writer must kill their darlings. That advice stands when it comes to business. We all have team members who mean a lot, even if they don’t bring much to operations. We all have ways of working we take comfort from, even if they aren’t great for productivity. And, for obvious reasons, you’ll want to keep your employees and comfortable ways of working. But, when you come down to it, these are the darlings Faulkner meant. With these things in place, your company will fail to achieve greatness. The trouble is, if it’s left to you, you may never have the strength to kill them. Hence why it’s worth bringing in outside HR and IT departments who can kill darlings for you. Or, at least strongly advise you to let them do so. It’ll hurt, but your business will forever be better for it. And that’s what this whole thing is about.
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