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Jan 13, 2012

by Holly Barr, TSSA Administrative Assistant

We have been talking quite a bit recently in our family about empowerment. I have a teenage son who wants to be empowered to make his own choices and mistakes. As his mother, I am struggling with this concept because I think he should just listen and follow directions…haha! My husband is much better at this concept than I am. For example, if you do not get up on time in the morning, you do not get a ride to school, where as I will make sure he gets up. Guess what? He sleeps in on my day to take him to school and gets up quite well on my husband’s day. Interesting huh? We are learning as a family how to give and take, and I am starting to realize that my letting go a little can be great for me too, because I am able to have more freedom to do things I want. I am learning to “check in” without “dictating” all the details.  I have given him the proper tools to make good decisions; it is now up to him to use them. Things are much more peaceful (most of the time). He is still an adolescent after all.

This whole concept of empowerment got me thinking about providing people with the tools and letting them shine (or make mistakes). I think all of us want that— from our jobs, families, and friends.

So, I am wondering how many of you self-storage facility owners out there are empowering your managers to make decisions and grow in your company. You will likely be surprised at how much this can help you, as an owner, empower yourself too.

The more freedom you give your manager(s) to make decisions and the better you train them, the more time you will have to improve your golf game, sailing skills, grow your other business ventures, reach out to your community, or take a class yourself. I would encourage you to send yourself and your manager to a TSSA legal seminar in 2012. If you haven’t looked around the website in a while you are missing out on many resources such as webinars, podcasts, and archived magazine articles.

You just might be surprised at what you find your managers are capable of and what you can accomplish when you allow yourself a bit of free time. In the meantime, I am going to keep working on my struggles with empowering my son, letting go, trusting, and accepting some mistakes. I am excited to see what 2012 will bring for all of us!


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