Are You a Leader or an Adult Babysitter?


Do you want to know your absolute BIGGEST problem in life? The thing that is most likely to slow you down and get in your way?

Just look in the mirror.

Alright, hold on— keep looking… Do you also want to know your greatest advocate, your strongest asset, and most compassionate supporter? Right there, staring back at you.

Here’s the tricky part: you are BOTH things. You are so much good, but you are also the bad. And at the end of the day, the only person that you have ANY hope of controlling whatsoever is yourself.

A term I like to use for people who really understand this truth is “self-managing.” For example, if you are self-managing and you become emotional, you wipe up your own tear. If you need something done, you do it. If you fall down, you pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and remind yourself that everyone falls down.

You don’t wait for someone to come pick you up, dust you off, and solve all of your problems. If you are self-managing, you are not a believer in “knights on white horses.” You are your OWN hero. You take care of yourself.

The opposite type of person is one that requires an adult babysitter.

Think about how awkward those words sound together… Adult babysitter. Try saying this aloud— “I have to talk to my adult babysitter about that,” or “Hang on a minute, let me go check in with my adult babysitter.” Doesn’t that sound completely ridiculous?

Here’s the hard truth. If you constantly need someone to pick you up, solve your problems, and tell you what to do next— you NEED to be honest with yourself right now. You are someone that requires an adult babysitter. And it isn’t going to be an easy habit to break.

On the other hand, (and I direct this especially to all team leaders,) if you micromanage your team members, hover over them, and won’t let them fail— you have most likely created a group of people that require an ADULT BABYSITTER! And that’s exactly what you’ve become, leading not by example but by CONTROL.

And to the doctors: do you really want to pay a bunch of grown adults who require adult babysitters? Are you okay PAYING other adults to babysit them? It is such a strange, strange phenomenon occurring in businesses, but let me tell you— it is very real.

Once you’ve realized that this is happening in your Practice and diagnosed the situation as a PROBLEM, you’ve actually taken the first step towards the solution. You are looking in the mirror at the only thing you CAN control, and deciding to take action.

Think of it this way… Five years down the road, where do you want your Practice to be? What level of success would make you truly happy? And can you get there with a team of fully grown but DEPENDENT people pushing their umbilical cords into your side?

Make the decision TODAY to become a LEADER instead of an adult babysitter. Call me at 866-917-2808 to schedule an On-Site Training that will transform your staff into motivated and self-managing team players, or get more information online at!

Until next time,


Jay Geier


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