18 min

EP181 – Ask Stuart #15 - We Don’t Agree…Now What? With Ian Luckett & Stuart Warwick The IT Experts Podcast

    • Technology

Stuart discusses how often, in MSPs, conflict arises not because of big strategic disagreements but because of the minutiae—the small details that can become significant stumbling blocks. He emphasises the importance of rising above the 'weeds' of these details to gain a clearer, broader perspective of the business goals. This approach, he explains, helps in realigning team members by focusing on the overarching destination rather than the specific routes or modes of transport, be they Porsches, BMWs, or trucks! 

One of the key takeaways from our discussion is the importance of defining what success looks like for both the business and individual roles within it. Stuart pressesemphasises on the significanceimportance of clear communication and setting agreed-upon targets to prevent the cycle of misalignment and frustration that can occur when team members are not on the same page. He also touches on the emotional aspect of these disagreements, pointing out that underlying many conflicts is a fundamental lack of trust or fear of relinquishing control. 

Moreover, Stuart also provides practical strategies for MSP leaders to implement when disagreements arise. He suggests 'chunking up' the conversation to a higher level where the focus is more on what unites rather than divides the team. This method involves stepping back to reassess the primary business objectives and ensuring that all discussions are anchored to these goals. 

Trust, Stuart reiterates, is the bedrock of any successful partnership. He challenges MSP leaders to introspect consider whether the lack of trust is a personal reluctance to delegate or a broader issue within the team dynamics. In cases where trust is lacking, he advises a proactive approach—engaging in open dialoguesconversations about responsibilities, expected outcomes, and the paths to achieving them. This not only clarifies roles but also reinforces the shared commitment to the business’s success. 

In addition to alignment and trust, Stuart stresses the importance of adaptability within the MSP industry. The ability to pivot and embrace new strategies when traditional ones fail is crucial for growth and sustainability. By integrating the vehicle tree concept, MSP leaders can more easily navigate through the complexities of business management, ensuring that every level of the organisation is aligned with the strategic vision. 

Our conversation with Stuart once again proves invaluable, offering MSP business owners practical advice and strategies to tackle some of the most challenging aspects of leadership and team management. This episode is a must-listen for anyone involved in an MSP looking to enhance their operational harmony and drive their business towards greater profitability and success. 

Connect on LinkedIn HERE with Ian and also with Stuart by clicking this LINK 

And when you’re ready to take the next step in growing your MSP, come and take the Scale with Confidence MSP Mastery Quiz. In just three minutes, you’ll get a 360-degree scan of your MSP and identify the one or two tactics that could help you find more time, engage & align your people and generate more leads. 

OR  

To join our amazing Facebook Group of over 400 MSPs where we are helping you Scale Up with Confidence, then click HERE 

Until next time, look after yourself and I’ll catch up with you soon!   

Stuart discusses how often, in MSPs, conflict arises not because of big strategic disagreements but because of the minutiae—the small details that can become significant stumbling blocks. He emphasises the importance of rising above the 'weeds' of these details to gain a clearer, broader perspective of the business goals. This approach, he explains, helps in realigning team members by focusing on the overarching destination rather than the specific routes or modes of transport, be they Porsches, BMWs, or trucks! 

One of the key takeaways from our discussion is the importance of defining what success looks like for both the business and individual roles within it. Stuart pressesemphasises on the significanceimportance of clear communication and setting agreed-upon targets to prevent the cycle of misalignment and frustration that can occur when team members are not on the same page. He also touches on the emotional aspect of these disagreements, pointing out that underlying many conflicts is a fundamental lack of trust or fear of relinquishing control. 

Moreover, Stuart also provides practical strategies for MSP leaders to implement when disagreements arise. He suggests 'chunking up' the conversation to a higher level where the focus is more on what unites rather than divides the team. This method involves stepping back to reassess the primary business objectives and ensuring that all discussions are anchored to these goals. 

Trust, Stuart reiterates, is the bedrock of any successful partnership. He challenges MSP leaders to introspect consider whether the lack of trust is a personal reluctance to delegate or a broader issue within the team dynamics. In cases where trust is lacking, he advises a proactive approach—engaging in open dialoguesconversations about responsibilities, expected outcomes, and the paths to achieving them. This not only clarifies roles but also reinforces the shared commitment to the business’s success. 

In addition to alignment and trust, Stuart stresses the importance of adaptability within the MSP industry. The ability to pivot and embrace new strategies when traditional ones fail is crucial for growth and sustainability. By integrating the vehicle tree concept, MSP leaders can more easily navigate through the complexities of business management, ensuring that every level of the organisation is aligned with the strategic vision. 

Our conversation with Stuart once again proves invaluable, offering MSP business owners practical advice and strategies to tackle some of the most challenging aspects of leadership and team management. This episode is a must-listen for anyone involved in an MSP looking to enhance their operational harmony and drive their business towards greater profitability and success. 

Connect on LinkedIn HERE with Ian and also with Stuart by clicking this LINK 

And when you’re ready to take the next step in growing your MSP, come and take the Scale with Confidence MSP Mastery Quiz. In just three minutes, you’ll get a 360-degree scan of your MSP and identify the one or two tactics that could help you find more time, engage & align your people and generate more leads. 

OR  

To join our amazing Facebook Group of over 400 MSPs where we are helping you Scale Up with Confidence, then click HERE 

Until next time, look after yourself and I’ll catch up with you soon!   

18 min

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