Growing Pains

I sent this text today:

“I’m so f*cking done right now.”

This was me trying to express how unhappy I was… with myself. Wicked Good is constantly growing and growing pains are tough. It’s like we shot up six feet overnight and one could say I was having a tough time adjusting.

Growing as a company is awesome: it means whatever you’re doing business-wise is working. The rough part is outdoing yourself without lapping yourself on the track. That’s how people trip and sometimes I’m just two left feet waddling along.

We just moved into a new space (we went from 1,300 square feet to 21,000 square feet – yes, you read that right) so I have to recreate the in-house operations of Wicked Good Cupcakes. Everything from baking to production, and customization to packaging has to be updated to flow in our new space. Along with hiring, training and assisting on the floor, these new policy creations are under my watch.

Going from a 1,300 square foot kitchen to a 21,000 square foot facility was definitely a bit intimidating

Going from a 1,300 square foot kitchen to a 21,000 square foot facility was definitely a bit intimidating

Cue the anxiety.

Of course I’m thankful for the growth and the opportunity to manage such a huge task, but I’m not going to lie and say I’m not terrified of failure.

But isn’t that the nature of doing business: tackle the failure head-on?

So here’s my advice: Just because you’re team leader doesn’t mean you have to do everything by yourself. If you keep hitting a wall in your brain or even in execution – ask someone for help. I mean, you’re creating these new policies for your employees so it would only help if they assisted in the creation.

Plus, having your employees help out is a great way to spot your next in command or recognize potential. That’s how you can create sustainability.

So, yeah – I feel like I’m drowning right now, but I’m being optimistic. At this point, I think that’s a good chunk of what being a leader is, anyways.