I’ve been a d*%k once or twice in the past.
I know, hard to believe, hey
I used to have a “know-it-all” mentality and didn’t hesitate to outwardly criticise the decisions made by my bosses.
To all of them, I offer my sincere apologies.
Looking back, I realise how much of an idiot I was taking the mickey out of most of the decisions made, shaking my head thinking I could always do it better.
Owning a business comes with the burden of making tough decisions every day, and it’s impossible to please everyone.
The amount of time and thought that goes into each decision is huge, but employees often fail to recognise this.
They only see the final decision, like the tip of the iceberg, without understanding the underlying complexities and sleepless nights that business owners go through to make that call.
If I had the chance to do things differently, I would treat their position with more respect and empathy, putting myself in their shoes.
Running a business is an incredibly demanding journey, so let’s all try to be understanding and supportive of business owners.
If you can’t empathise, then refrain from complaining or dragging other staff into negativity.
From my experience speaking with hundreds of business owners and managers, I’ve learned that people with this negative mindset seek allies and can subtly draw others into their pessimism.
Be mindful of this.