Do you feel like you’re drowning is a sea of change that surrounds your business? The grocery and apparel (usually known as “fast fashion”) sectors are experiencing this warp-speed change, and much of it is driven by how consumers are buying online. I have found that my own buying habits have changed significantly, just over the last couple of years.
Good things happened when we asked our two older sons, who had already married, and our youngest son, who was near finishing college, to help plan a holiday vacation! Specifically, we asked them to get involved in the decision-making process to find a common place where everyone could meet for a family vacation during Thanksgiving.
Building a great workplace culture is not about what you get. But what you give! It is not what you get from your employees. It is what you give to your people. Prior to me selling my company of over 150 employees to a publicly-traded company, it was rare that we ever used the word, “culture”. And it was even rarer that we spoke the words, “employee engagement”.
The political climate is hot right now, as are people’s opinions. It seems that everywhere you turn, someone is expressing their political views, whether it’s on Facebook, a blog, on the streets, or at the dinner table. People have the right to speak their mind, have differing opinions, and even share those with each other in a mature way. However, with rights come responsibilities, and there might be a time and place for such talk. Let’s explore one potential “not-spot” for political talk in particular.
Have you ever heard the statement, “The teacher learns more than his students”? For over 30 years, I have been teaching high school boys at my church. And I’ve been surprised by how much I have learned just in my preparation time, and how much I’ve retained–long after the lesson is taught. And the same holds true for business: more engagement means more learning.
Until you have experienced it yourself, it may be hard to understand the oft-repeated phrase “It’s lonely at the top.” But when you are the leader of an organization, department or even a small group, you realize how true that statement is. As CEO of our company, I knew this feeling all too well–until I changed my approach to leadership…
Have you ever tried to lead a group of people, but the people did not want to follow? Did it seem like they didn’t see the benefits of getting on board with your goals and direction? I think it is human nature for leaders to strive to lead their people toward greater results. And I also think it is common for leaders to encounter some push-back from their people. Here’s the good news, there is an effective way to minimize this resistance and establish a high level of engagement in any team. And the solution is available to every leader!