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The Emotional Side of Managing Employees with Mike and Dr. Sabrina

Are you waging emotional battles that may be blocking you from managing your employees properly? The whole “people side” of running a business can be baffling, especially if emotions cloud what you should be asking of your team members, or are preventing you from coaching their behaviors that need to change for the good of your business.

Mike and Dr. Sabrina share their personal experiences of managing team members and even tell us about a few mistakes they made along the way. It is so important to have the correct mindset as an employer in order to manage team members effectively so that your company can stay sustainable and profitable. But how can entrepreneurs keep their emotions in check?

Show Highlights

  • Business owners already wear many hats, so adding the task of managing employees can be challenging.
  • Dr. Sabrina advises us to guide and shape team members in our businesses so they come into alignment with our values and expectations.
  • Mike shares personal struggles he had early on with managing employees when the lines between friendship and employer were blurred.
  • Dr. Sabrina says many times business owners find themselves getting very frustrated when they don’t have a healthy mindset.
  • The mental rock bottom was a difficult space for Mike early in his business but changed when he reached out to coaches and others in order to work on his perception of the employer/employee relationship.
  • If an employee doesn’t work out, it doesn’t mean he is a bad person. Mike says letting an employee go can help improve a business and actually can be seen as growth rather than something negative.
  • Mike emphasizes that from day one, let a new employee know how important it is to communicate with you. Set specific roles for employees and tell them to let you know how you can help them.
  • Dr. Sabrina adds that one on one, weekly, team meetings are imperative to maintaining clarity and open communication between you and your team members.
  • Moving forward past any negativity in your business is important. Mike says employers need to learn from mistakes and move past them.


Dr. Sabrina’s ‘Short & Sweet’ Weekly Meeting Agendas and Blog Post with Meeting Best Practices

The 4 Week Vacation™ Program

Tap the Potential website

About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.