In Jim Collin’s book Good to Great the describes a huge metal weighted wheel that might be a 24 feet in diameter and moving the wheel takes all the energy one can muster to get it through the first full turn. The next turn is just as difficult but by the 8th, 9th, and 10th turn the movement of the heavy weighted wheel begins to feel less and less difficult to go around the full cycle. Eventually after the momentum of the wheel begins to cause the wheel to move practically on it’s on, need very little effort from you. This analogy was what he viewed of the leadership in many of the great companies he described in his book that had achieved exponential growth success. They began the slow and grueling process each day to bring change to their company’s culture and attitude. After many, many days of what may seem like impossible effort the people began to one by one adjust to the mindset and belief that they make their company great by deliberate positive actions for their customer every moment of everyday.
You have to create a connection with the people who help sustain your business. You should be able to set the tone and have them fall in line and follow. We recommend the following 5 successfully tried methods.
Nurture the Visionary
No one wants to work in a toxic environment. As inspiring as struggle seems for some people, most people value their job security. It’s away from annoying co-workers or jerk bosses, that the best ideas are born. Commitment-oriented companies are proven to be successful because colleagues are treated like family, not cogs in a machine.
Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company’s mission.
– Anne M. Mulcahy
Curate the Talents
You can’t tell someone to be something they are not when you have them set up in the wrong place. Every company needs a clear description of each employee’s roles and what is expected of them. This should be discussed with the employee at the time of hire. Categorize your organization’s needs by what kinds of talent can fill them.
Encourage your employees ambition. Their dream may be for their own individual success, but by supporting their desire for growth, you merge their dream for success with the great good for the company.
Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.
– Hillary Clinton
Business and people alike are pressed to transform and innovate, or die faster than ever. A sustainable development based on creativity and innovation isn’t really a choice any longer; it’s a requirement.
Apply the Golden Rule
Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.
-Stephen R. Covey
Learn From What I Missed
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
― Maya Angelou
With over 35 years of championing for small businesses in 4 different industries under my belt, I now share the experiences from what I missed and learned all these years in my new workbook: WHAT I MISSED: Business Action Guide.
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