- I won't post this blog without someone else reading it. It will make sense to me but something won't register to someone else reading it. I need proof-readers.
- I miscommunicate. I think I said it, I know what I meant, but what I say is often missed, misinterpreted, or leaves employees and co-workers needing more information. I need interpreters.
- I'm too close to the business challenges I face at times and can spin my wheels. I need an outside point-of-view, an advisor, or a consultant.
- I have weaknesses. I can pretend, power up, or tell people they're nuts - but I have them. I need a trusted team around me to fill in with their strengths.
- I can't stand shopping for clothes. It sucks the life out of me and if it were left up to me, I would only own black and blue suits, safe ties, and a wardrobe you can't screw up. I need a fashion consultant.
Often in our roles at work, at home, and as leaders in business, we fall into the trap of feeling like we have to have all the answers. The truth is, we can better understand the perception of others around us by having trusted people near us, who have our permission to give us the candid reality.
Your value as an employee, as a leader, or as the owner of your company will increase in proportion to the people you have around you that will "keep it real" with you. If you're trying to do it alone - you're capped and you're walking around with mustard on your face and no one wants to tell you about it. Your team already knows your weaknesses, you might as well get them on the table.
Proverbs 15:22: Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.