We just returned from a six-hour drive to northern Ontario, where we dropped my oldest daughter, Avalon, off at an overnight camp for the first time. (I'll be back with a video Tidbits next week).
Avalon is an eager, energetic kid always up for trying something new. She's a risk-taker like me, always willing to try something at least once. She was never a picky eater. If you put something in front of her that many kids would shy away from, she would dive in headfirst.
When a friend asked her to try a week at camp, she instantly and excitedly said yes!
The other day when we arrived at the camp, I could sense some hesitation. She suddenly realized this decision was real, and there was no turning back. Mom and dad would be getting back in the car and heading on their way home.
I'm sure she's doing great. I have no concerns.
But it was hard for my wife, too.
I can't even imagine the day when they're both heading off to school, as I'm sure many of you can relate.
Letting go is hard. However, you need to let go to grow. I am excited and eager to hear about her experience and adventures.
My wife said she had a poor experience at camp growing up. As harsh as it sounds, even if she has a bad week, there's learning and value in that too. But I'm expecting the total opposite.
Think about how this applies to business.
Are you letting go to grow?
For example, consider the following.
What practices are you holding on to that might be holding you back?
What talent are you hovering over that isn't being given a chance to soar?
I worked with a CEO once who didn't trust anyone. He couldn't let go of the idea that his people could do the job as well as he could, or perhaps, even better. So he tried to direct every move. It was a disaster.
What archaic processes need to be dropped?
What outdated policies and procedures continue to hinder your success?
What antiquated beliefs are you holding on to?
For example, I've had CEOs say to me, "We have a rule here that don't use consultants. Why should we use your services?"
I've heard this before, and it's incredibly old-fashioned thinking and a stupid rule. What I tell most of my clients is they likely haven't used the right ones.
What industry norms are you sticking with just because that's what everyone else does?
Just because something is a norm in your industry doesn't mean you can't try something new.
I'm not going to lie, I was choking back a few tears, but I was also incredibly excited for my daughter.
Letting go is hard because that's where the real breakthroughs happen.
What are you holding on to?