“Should I stay or should I go now…

if I go there will be trouble, if I stay it will be double, come on and let me know should I stay or should I go?”

The Clash 1982

Let’s talk about, leaving…

If you are the salon owner, generally you don’t want people to leave, because it’s going to hit you where it hurts, financially.

But, almost everyone has times in their life when it’s time to move on. Time to leave home, leave relationships and leave jobs. Sometimes maybe it is easy, usually, it’s hard, but it’s all part of the cycle of your life.

I often see situations in other peoples businesses where the business is not working and nobody is really happy because there is someone or several someones who really should move on but for whatever the reason they don’t.

The result is that nobody is happy, nobody is growing and there is an uneasy standoff until either the person resigns or the manager brings it to a head and fires them.

It always happens, it’s just a matter of who makes the first move, how long it takes for them to do it and how much damage is done in the process.

Be brave…

moving on and taking that step as either the employee and resigning or the employer who dismisses someone, takes courage.

If you are the employee it’s not always easy to let go of the security you have and to deal with the conflict and emotional upheaval that is involved with change.

And if you’re the employer it’s not always easy to recognise that’s it’s time for someone to move on for the benefit of everyone.

Many years ago I had a situation where there were a couple of people working for me who no longer wanted to be there and I no longer wanted them there.

One of them even said, “if you give me $30,000 I’ll go!” [and you thought you had problems]… As the saying goes “what doesn’t kill you…makes you stronger.” I got stronger.

They didn’t have the courage to go and decided that my business would be run “their way.” The problem was that as the owner “their way” wasn’t working for me…to put it mildly.

When you are not happy where you are working… be brave and move on! Maybe the vision you have is no longer in alignment with the vision the owner has for the business, the question becomes “who’s working for who?”

Know when it’s time to go…

Staff members don’t have the right to steer the business in a direction that they want it to go. They usually have the opportunity to constructively suggest and discuss their ideas, but unless it is some kind of workers co-operative the ultimate responsibility and direction for the business is set by the owner and that must be respected by everyone on the team.

For your own dignity and future growth as well as the success of the business the worst thing you can do is stay where you are and destroy the business from within by sabotaging and undermining the owners wishes at every opportunity.

So if that’s you, make the leap, do the right thing, leave on good terms with a reference and your pride intact. Believe me, you will be glad you did.

Change is part of life…

sometimes change requires courage, it requires you to step out of your comfort zone and leave the security and predictability of what you know.

If you are part of the team and you disagree with the owner’s vision and way of running the business that’s okay, but be brave, leave and follow your own dream. Start your own business or find another team out there that has the same vision as you.

If you have people on your team who are working against you it’s time to take control. Legally, firm but fair don’t be afraid to be the boss and sometimes that means getting rid of people.

There’s a great quote I read somewhere, “Change your people or change your people”

Thank you for watching…

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