This week I got to spend time coaching one of my most favorite owners of all times. We first met when I was speaking at the annual nurse entrepreneurs conference two years ago. 

I remember him quickly standing and walking towards the side of the stage, waiting for me to wrap up my presentation to about 1000 nurses. 

I was thinking:

“What did I say that motivated this man to make sure that he got time to speak to me.”

To my delight, he was a wonderful gentleman who was an owner of a private duty and wanted to open a home health and hospice organization. 

His first words to me were, “How did you learn to provide direction and delegate work to remove obstacles to let you open multiple businesses, and work as a consultant? 

I immediately recognized where he was in his leadership journey. He had reached that major career transition point when a person needs to shift from doing the work to getting work done through others.  

This transition is difficult for many. It means giving up direct control over the work which involves more risk. More need to trust and equip others to get the work done and a shift in focus. 

Changing your view from personal achievement to enabling and empowering others to achieve. I invited him to be mentored by me for a few weeks to see if I could help him push through the change.

Over the next few weeks, I coached this owner. I uncovered another difficult transition that he and many owners face as they remove themselves from the daily grind of running their organizations. A major transformation happens when the owner stops being the expert in a particular function, area, or discipline and instead starts to lead others to become the experts.  

Personally, this was the hardest transition for me to experience.  Having to give up being the person most in-the-know felt like giving up a child. I could see that this was also a challenge for the owner that I was mentoring. 

Leaders who succeed at these transitions start developing new skills and know when it is time to stop relying on the old ones. 

They learn to set clear expectations, track progress, and communicate information that people need to do their jobs. I was able to help this owner shift his focus to helping others develop their skills and gain confidence.  

If you are having a hard time letting go of work, maybe you feel like no one else will do this the right way. You may even be correct, but this will undoubtedly lead to burnout. Instead, change your focus from doing the work yourself, to one of guiding, delegating, and trusting others to do the job. 

Shift your focus to helping others develop their skills.  Navigate these leadership rites of passage and you will not only help other people be successful in their roles, but you’ll be also on your way to becoming more successful in yours.  

If you are ready to evolve as a leader.  You may want to join our mastermind group. 

Members have worked on skills like:

  • Providing clear direction and accountabilities.
  • Delegating and distributing assignments and decisions appropriately.
  • Monitoring progress of leaders by maintaining the flow of work and results (don’t worry…we provide the steps)
  • Providing appropriate guidance and direction based on people’s capabilities.
  • Intervening as needed to remove obstacles.

I enjoyed seeing this leader evolve. He created his leadership training manual. He implemented standards on patients on service for each clinical leader to manage. He mapped out a monthly calendar of expectations for the leaders to be prepared for the survey. Then he automated the process and just followed the calendar.  This lead to him to open new companies the same year!  Both Medicare-certified home health and Hospice.

When he needed to jump in and remove obstacles, he did but just by offering consultants to support leaders. This meant him not taking on the work himself. 

The result? 

He has several phenomenally successful businesses and a very happy life which gives him time with his family. 

It is exactly what most agency owners are looking for. That is what a mastermind group can do for you!

Are you ready? Apply Here!  Your transformation awaits you. 

Want to try to go about it yourself? Check out a great read Harvard Business Review Blog Network, Stop being a people-pleaser.  

Cheryl Peltekis, RN “The Solutionist”