Running a business does not have to be rocket surgery. With all the self-help books out there – all the “secrets” and “tips” and all the noise from “experts” explaining what to do, it can be easy to get lost in this very simple fact: it’s really not that complicated.
Sure, it can be “hard” or “expensive” or “stressful” … but it’s not that difficult. Because, when it comes down to brass tacks, there is really only one thing have to proven to earn the respect and confidence of a team. Turning a profit is not optional. You have to DO BUSINESS WELL. That means growth, and it means selling a product or service for more than it costs, as often as possible.
In other words, as long as the team sees the company succeeding, and they are sharing in that success in some way, they have, literally, nothing to complain about. If people are making money, their jobs are secure, and they are “sharing the wealth” … and if they are STILL complaining, they are the wrong people to be employing. Find new ones.
However, if the business is not successful, and the team is expressing doubts, that’s normal. It may not be pleasant to hear, but sit down and buckle up … There’s really only one way to shut them up. Succeed.
There’s an adage that says: “nothing succeeds like success.” Cheesy? Sure it is, but it’s a cliche for a reason. If you can make your work “work” for you and your team, then any doubts related to age, experience or ability will evaporate like dew in the desert.
Instead of worries about qualifications, people instead look to the company for advice. Youth will not be a hindrance … in fact, they won’t even consider that. They will know the company and management are successful – full stop.
In the end, that’s all anyone has to prove.