There are many joys we attribute to owning a small business. Often these varied pleasures are very personal: Perhaps we finally attained the freedom of being our own boss; maybe we are thrilled to bring an innovative product or service to a marketplace; or we are simply pleased with the success of our growing company.

There is also the joy that comes from successfully empowering employees to be all they can be. We can give them autonomy, a self-directing freedom to make decisions independent of management, yet aligned with company goals. We could also create a self-managed workplace in which our staff becomes totally accountable for their own contribution to the company’s success.

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