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Q&A: How do I know that it’s safe to let go of the vine?

Q: How do I know that it’s safe to let go of the vine?

An entrepreneur slips and falls off the edge of a cliff. On his way down, he manages to grab onto the end of a vine. He’s hanging there, a thousand feet from the top and a thousand feet from the bottom. His situation seems hopeless, so he looks up to the clouds, and decides, for the first time, to pray. ‘Is anybody up there?’ he asks. After a long silence, a deep voice bellows down from the clouds: ‘Do you believe?’ ‘Yes,’ replies the entrepreneur. ‘Then let go of the vine,’ says the voice. The entrepreneur pauses for a second, looks up again, and finally responds, ‘Is there anybody else up there?’ (Gino Wickman, “Traction” 15)

If you’re scaling up your company from a sole-proprietership, letting go of the vine can be a difficult and intimidating thought. Many business owners hold the idea that if you want your company built on a solid foundation, you must do it yourself. While that idea is partially true, if you’re trying the break through to the next level of growth, at some point you have to let go of the vine.

Delegate and Elevate

  1. Develop your ironclad process. This is the blueprint your leadership team and employees will follow.
  2. Build a leadership team, and put the right people in the right seats.
  3. Be open minded.

Now, let go of the vine.