Karin Taylor | Crain's Miami

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Karin Taylor

Background:  

Weisberg Stables is a Jupiter-based farm and private equestrian facility owned and operated by Karin Taylor. After retiring from the entertainment industry as a model and actress, Taylor joined the philanthropic sector, helping at-risk youth, children in foster care, veterans and the elderly through horse therapy and programs offered at Weisberg Stables. 

The Mistake:

I have been guilty of failing to set appropriate boundaries.

When I started out in the entertainment industry, I didn’t fully appreciate the safety of the boundaries set for me by my agents and managers. When I moved away from that life and started my own business, it became clearer to me that the challenges I was having with others could have been avoided had I set more appropriate and clear boundaries.

I have a heart for philanthropy and believe in chances. I’ve often hired the wrong person for the job because I wanted to give them an opportunity. I realized through a series of bad events that I can’t do that.

To do something with the goal of helping someone is key in a philanthropic program, but it’s not effective in a business context. I need to hire people who have the existing skills and temperament to perform the job to help us further our business goals and philanthropic work. The job itself is not a charity.

Setting and maintaining healthy and clear boundaries is essential to successful relationships, whether they are personal, business or philanthropic.

The Lesson:

I’ve focused on setting boundaries in the relationship between employee and employer and on what we are looking for in each position. Instead of just wanting to help someone and tailoring the job to the person, I now find the right person for the job. Setting and maintaining healthy and clear boundaries is essential to successful relationships, whether they are personal, business or philanthropic.

It has allowed me not to have to be responsible for all the tasks at the farm because I’ve hired the right people to take that work off my shoulders. I can focus on the things I am better at and am now able to serve others because I’m not spread too thin or exhausted.

When I didn’t set boundaries, it led to burnout and stole the joy from my work. I’ve found that joy [again] because I’ve learned I don’t have to do every little job. In the past, I needed help but hired the wrong person, so I still had to pick up part of their job or fix what wasn’t right.

I am more effective now in the things I do at Weisberg Stables because I’ve learned to set appropriate boundaries. 

Karin Taylor is on Twitter: @KarinKath.

Photo courtesy of Weisberg Stables

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