It seems fitting that I publish this blog regarding the resurrection of the America business today. I felt compelled to use the word in hopes of competing with the high trending Easter bunny.
I predict the US economy will experience some challenges in the next twelve months. It will require small and large businesses to become more efficient in order to stay alive in this new world of innovation and acquisitions. Donald Trump has found great success with hopes of making America great again. I feel we are all responsible and capable of contributing to that cause.
Over the last decade our corporate culture has been infiltrated by low skilled assassins who tear down the very foundation of what great organizations are made of. They take sound bites and crumbs of data and market them in ways that make everyone around them seem small or unskilled. They will kill or destroy the reputation of the most loyal and skilled teammates to get an at-a-boy from their boss or the board of directors. The corporate assassin lurks in the shadows and hides memos and information in hopes of appearing more informed than their teammates. They could care less about the success of the organization. It’s all about their next assignment. Their lust for power makes them capable of destroying the very people who work to help them reach their success.
Now that you all have a few teammates in mind based upon the description above, let’s talk about how to resurrect the once unrivaled business culture in America. It starts with believing in what YOU do and knowing the benefits you will receive from creating a positive work culture. It doesn’t matter if you are an entry level employee or CEO. You can benefit from a happy, productive work environment. When you lose an experienced teammate, you will be impacted. Top performers and veterans will always be required to make up the difference when profits or performance is low. So, if you talk Monica out of her job because you don’t like her personality, be prepared to take up the slack until her replacement is up to speed. High turnover makes leaders look for solutions through technology and foreign laborers. They may even perform better for less money. Worst case scenario, they may perform the same for less money. So stop killing your industry by being a pain in the butt. You will make your company search high and low for options with less drama and human interaction If you contribute to a negative work environment.
Ok, let’s get back to the super dangerous assassin. The causal pot stirrers cause problems but none compared to this guy. Smart managers, CEO’s and board members recognize the power of a positive business culture. They’re not dazzled by complex analytics and innovative concepts that no one else in the room can understand. They understand that when no one knows the plan except the terrorist looking to become the next Cesar, the business will never execute the plan or benefit from it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions like; (1)Who’s going to execute the plan? (2) Do we have the right people today to execute it? (3) What’s the return on the people and money investment? (4) How many people will we lose if the plan fails? Corporate Assassins are known to take risks with OPM (other people’s money) in hopes of making a name for themselves. They normally perform poorly at executing the companies core business operations. Ask them specific questions that pertain to the core success of the business when in doubt. If you lose the core performance of the business, it’s hard to cross the bridge to innovation. You also need a strong team to service clients and keep money in the bank to pay bills. Remind everyone of that.
When you fear you may have a corporate assassin in your camp, communicate twice as much to ensure the entire team stays engaged and offers their talents. Transparency is a power that enhances communication and courage. It’s critical to keep your team engaged in order to avoid the professional death spiral that sucks in more employees than a well orchestrated sting operation.
Corporate terrorists and assassins can be rehabilitated in extraordinary work cultures. Some may accept your professional commitment and performance as worthy enough to respect and follow. Its hard to resist a great success movement. Happy Easter and let’s not forget why we celebrate it. #LivFearless
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