Well that is kind of where I was in 1994. I had a very important position in a family run business, where there was a lot of family bologna going on. We had a great plan, but not enough talent to really pull it all off. I mean I asked for more skilled people who could have brought us to a new level, but it was not to be. It was up to me, and that had its own limitations. Sometimes the boundaries are very ambiguous, and some times they are so right down the line there is no wiggle room. These are some of the constraints dealing with someone in complete control!
I can't tell you how many times I heard, "you give people enough rope they are going to hang themselves"!! Well that makes a lot of sense. How about you give people the tools to succeed and they will prosper??? I don't don't know but sometimes there was great pleasure when people failed at my company, and I never understood it, I took it personally, the owner didn't. He'd say, "hey you have to be a realist, most people end up disappointing you". Well yeah if you don't tell them what the common goal is and that everyone is here for one reason! But hey, I was learning and forming my opinions on the run. This guy owned the business, and he signed my paycheck. It just didn't make me feel very confident of the long term possibilities. I was torn but still a good soldier. I still can't explain it. I didn't agree with the ideologies, but I also thought I could smooth over a jaded human being, who by the way, built a very successful business, long before I got there. It is the chicken or the egg. But either the chicken needed to die or the egg had to break. What a journey, so far.