The Buck Stops Here

October 30, 2023

I have owned a few businesses in my time (including my current role as a Partner with MPL).  When I first entered the world of business ownership, the one thing I noticed quickly was that I was fully responsible for everything (including taking out the trash) that went on in the business.  That does not mean that I did not hold my staff accountable.  However, if there was ever an issue and it came to my attention, I knew that ultimately it was up to me to get it resolved.

A lot of business owners don’t always grasp that concept.  Even worse, many will default to blaming someone else.  I can tell you pretty much across the board that when you do that, you lose a lot of credibility.  All the key players in your business are looking to you for leadership.  As President Truman made famous, the “Buck Stops Here” is something a business owner needs to understand and embrace if they want to be successful.

Below are some interesting articles that talk about accountability and responsibility as a business owner.

 Here are a few other items of interest:

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