Turnover is PAINFUL. And, we often avoid letting individuals go who aren’t performing just to avoid the pain and struggles of finding a new hire that is a better fit for your team.

Trust me, babysitting the “problems” on your team is much worse.

Constantly putting out fires, and dealing with drama is causing the momentum of your team to come to a grinding halt.

Forcing an individual to fit into your company’s family is setting up your team, yourself, and your entire organization for failure.

If a team member you hire doesn’t share the same passion for the work you do, it’s time to move on.


Straight out of college I worked with a church youth group.

Imagine trying to lead more than 100 teenagers when you’re barely out of school yourself. I thought I had all the answers. Turns out I didn’t even know what the right questions were.

It wasn’t until years later in business leadership I realized I had spent virtually all my time with the problem kids and rarely time with those who weren’t. Now, I was doing the same thing with my team. I was the consummate problem solver. It seemed like that was my only job. I WAS WRONG.

Of course, there will be problems to deal with but if your energy is always spent with the ones who consistently drain it (and we all know it is consistently the same ones) the mission is subjugated to them. They are leading and YOU are just following.

Commitment to true leadership WILL require a willingness to clearly define the mission and to lead those who will pursue the mission together. Even Jesus had to let those go who wanted only His miracles and not the harder teachings. He didn’t chase after them. He taught and developed his disciples and the mission still lives on. If you’re asking WWJD, I think it’s pretty clear.

Every successful leader I know, even in the ministry, has stories of painful turnover. They thought they wouldn’t recover until they found it had released them, healed them and given them the chance to rise from brokenness to breakthrough.

Stop convincing people they should follow you. Lead with vision, clarity, passion and purpose and when others try to derail your leadership, threaten to take their toys and go home…have the courage to LET THEM GO.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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