My family has a small factory, with 14 employees. My parents always say they want to grow the business and generate more jobs for the community, make the economy grow. But I realized that they were just saying that and doing nothing to actually make it happen. So I started reading about business growth and eventually on leadership.
Things got a bit, huh... weird when I talked with my parents. For example: I told my mother that we, as the owners, having better desks and bigger, more comfortable chairs was probably sowing some uncomfortable feelings on the employees. She just replayed with "of course we have better things, we are the owners".
My father was the same: I told him we should trust our employees more and delegate some of the important decisions to them, and teach them how to make those decisions. He told me the only people he trusts in the company are my mother and I. He said he will never teach the important parts of the business to anyone else because if they learn enough, they might just leave the company and become our competitors, robbing our clients.
I even read Dale Carnegie and tried his approach, but it doesn't seem to work on them.
I can't convince them no matter what I try.
I just don't get it, if they are so right, why does it feel so wrong?
EDIT: What I want help with is, how should I address this issue? Or should I just keep it this way?
EDIT 2: Just to make sure people don't misunderstand, there is no secret sauce. What happens is that my parents keep it all centralized on themselves, any and all decisions must go through them, no one can have any iniciative because they must get permission to do anything. So when I said 'important decisions' I didn't mean important for the company, but for the employees' job.