In business, effort and sacrifices only hold value if they produce results that others are willing to pay for.
Are you building busyness, or are you building a business? And what about the people you pay to help you build the business? Is everyone in your business doing what they are supposed to be doing and how they're supposed to be doing it? If not, it might be because of:
- lack of understanding
(suggestion: play around with different communication styles and formats until you find something that helps them to get to the necessary a-hah moment)
- lack of capability
(suggestion: find training material and a training format that will help them to bridge the skills gap)
- lack of shared purpose and values
(suggestion: increasing regulation/compliance/systems rarely work ... rather emphasise the purpose, vision and values of the business regularly and have genuine two-way conversations about how each person sees their role contributing towards it)
Yes, leading people takes time and effort.
Yes, it's an ongoing responsibility as the business and people in it evolve.
Yes, the suggestions only work if you have 9s and 10s working in the business. If lack of will/caring to align with requirements is a persistent attitude, my only suggestion is to start the process of terminating employment.
People make or break a business. I've learned hard, expensive lessons with "breakers", and am incredibly grateful to now experience the ease of working with "makers".