In a previous article, How To Fire Yourself, we talked about what it means to fire yourself, why you should fire yourself, and how to actually do it.
"Firing" ourselves means that we stop doing tasks that we, as owners or manufacturers, don't need to be doing.
First off, as we mentioned in How Much is My Cabinet Shop Worth? firing yourself is absolutely key to your shop succeeding and growing in value.
Secondly, firing yourself could quite possibly be one of the most rewarding experiences you ever have as a business owner.
We hope you've had a chance to fire yourself from at least one activity so far. Today, we hope to light a fire of motivation under your chair by reviewing the 'How' to firing yourself in a video from the shop.
Let’s review how I fired myself and then take a look at our video to review how you can fire yourself too with 4 key steps.
How I Fired Myself
Over the last couple years I have been firing myself from activities and replacing that time with working on the business. Doing so has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had as a business owner, so now I want to share my journey so that somebody else will hopefully get to experience it too.
The first activity I fired myself from was running the machines on the shop floor. At first, it seemed like a simple task but it proved to be difficult. I failed the first time because I did not have enough employees to actually replace me. Within a few weeks, I was back on the shop floor. Next time, before trying again, I started creating a few simple SOPs. This time it stuck. I found the right person, trained him and never looked back.
The second thing I fired myself from was being on the shop floor. This meant I was no longer going to be micromanaging every detail on the shop floor. Yes, I still get on the shop floor and talk with employees, get ideas, and check production but I don't physically run the shop floor anymore. I had to get that day to day shop floor production off my plate. Since then, we’ve finally been able to start keeping schedules and having on time deliveries of higher quality.
I've fired myself from countless other activities since then and I'm not stopping any time soon.
You're Fired. For Real This Time.
Apply these 4 Steps to Firing Yourself Every day and watch as your shop grows wildly in success and value.
Do you remember reading about this idea a couple months ago and planning to use it, but just didn't have time to get to it?
- Trust me when I say there will never be time to work on your business instead of just in it. You have to make the time to continuously improve. If you do, the pay off personally and professionally will be huge.
Did you try firing yourself from a task but now it is somehow back on your plate?
- Remember, when you fire yourself it is just like when you fire an employee. When you fire an employee, that employee doesn't come back. You have to have the same firing mentality with yourself as you do with an employee. When you fire yourself from an activity, you are done with it, for good.
If you have started firing yourself in any capacity, be sure to comment below and let us know how it's going and what effect it has had on your shop!