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The Replaceable Founder

Learn how to let go of the reins and allow your business to soar without you

By Ari Meisel
18-minute read
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The Replaceable Founder by Ari Meisel

The Replaceable Founder (2018) takes a unique look at how leaders can perform the valuable job of making themselves obsolete. By creating strong organizational structures, including streamlined production and hiring processes, company founders can build organizations that are sure to function and even thrive without them. This is an ideal scenario since it allows the ambitious founder to focus on what they love most: bringing innovative ideas to life and creating companies that promise great work experiences for everyone.

  • Company founders who want to spend less time at work
  • CEOs who need to better organize their business
  • Anyone interested in being more efficient and productive

Ari Meisel is an American company leader and author. After his business studies at the University of Pennsylvania, he founded his own company Less Doing, which specializes in helping other individuals and companies automate and delegate their work so that they can work less, but work more intelligently.

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The Replaceable Founder

By Ari Meisel
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The Replaceable Founder (2018) takes a unique look at how leaders can perform the valuable job of making themselves obsolete. By creating strong organizational structures, including streamlined production and hiring processes, company founders can build organizations that are sure to function and even thrive without them. This is an ideal scenario since it allows the ambitious founder to focus on what they love most: bringing innovative ideas to life and creating companies that promise great work experiences for everyone.

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Make yourself replaceable by building the right company structures.

A lot of founders see themselves as a sort of puppet master. They want to be in total control, having their strings attached to every minor motion on stage. What most of them don’t realize is that they often do more harm than good to their company.

If you are a founder, you should rather think of yourself as an initiator. You can think of your business as a set of dominos, and you are the first piece to set everything in motion. The important part here is that everything should be set up just fine, with all the pieces in place. Once the first domino falls, everything will take care of itself.

The key message here is: Make yourself replaceable by building the right company structures.

As a founder, it’s easy to get caught up in all of the details of your business. But it is not your job to figure out a Customer Relations Management system or come up with a Social Media strategy. Your job is to find the right people to do this for you. You need to set up an organizational structure and then enable your employees to do their best possible jobs without further input.

Again: The best job you can do is make yourself replaceable. At least in the daily operational business.

Take the example of one CEO, Malte Holm, who found himself overwhelmed by small fires he had to put out. Employees were running to him every day with every little problem, and as a consequence, he found himself severely overworked. He had to think big picture and reset some of his company’s domino pieces.

One of the problems was in HR. As Holm looked into it and talked to the HR manager, he discovered the cause: the manager was spending four hours stuck in traffic every day! So Holm did what he had to do to make her job easier. He helped her set up an effective home office, complete with high-speed internet connection. Finally, she could spend more time doing her job.

Not only did Holm make her life easier, but it also led him to feel better. There was one fewer fire to put out, and he could get back to the work that matters.

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