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Quick question for you.

Who has the power in your business? Where does the power lie inside your business?

I’ll give you a few seconds to formulate your answer. Have you thought about it? Ready? Okay.

Here’s the right answer.

It depends!

What’s it depend on?

On you!

It depends on what your function is and on what department affects your day to day function in the most obvious way. Salespeople always think finance or marketing people hold the power in a business. Why? Because finance decides how and when they get paid, while marketing never supports their efforts enough. Operations? They think the power rests with sales, because those crazy sales guys are always selling off the reservation, or promising the world, and Operations is always stuck holding the bag.

This holds true of every department. Whatever other department holds significant influence over how, when or how well you perform your function/job – that is the department you are bound to think of as the one holding the power in the business.

Instead of worrying about who holds the power, and how much power they have, I encourage you to take the broader view. Understand how all those parts work together to deliver a product or service that your customers cherish.  Take an “ownership” view. Tackle your day head on – and think like the President of the company. You’ll go further, your sanity will improve, and your customers will LOVE you for it.

What do you think? Who owns the power in your business, and what’s your function?

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Sean McGinnis

Director, Digital Marketing at Sears Parts Direct
Sean McGinnis is Director, Digital Marketing at Sears Parts Direct. He is also a (digital strategist, blogger, consultant ) and public speaker. You can find Sean on