A CEO once told me, “I don’t want my team just blowing sunshine at me all the time!” He wanted people to bring him the good, the bad, and the ugly in a timely fashion, so he could do something about it. Trouble is, he had a way of demeaning and shutting down the negative news he received from his team by ignoring the messenger or by physically showing that the message was unimportant. I remember one time when he flung aside a report I had just given him and changed the subject.
Before the Inc. 500|5000 Conference October 21-23, we asked female conference attendees what topics they were most interested in learning about from other women attending the event.
What do women leaders want to learn about from their peers? Here are the six most common responses:
During the 2015 Small Giants Summit in Dallas, TX, some of the local companies we admire opened their doors for a critical examination from their peers from around the world. Each company conducted a walkthrough to show how they applied their culture and values to the workplace and employee panels discussed how their culture applied at all levels. Company leaders also talked in an open dialogue about what works, what doesn’t, and why.
What’s the common thread among co-workers, bosses, salary, commutes, contracts, vendors and just about everything you touch during the day? How can employers take some of the burden off of their employees and limit some of the common stresses? Workplace culture is the key. The culture of an organization is the “why” of the organization, and if the culture is a positive one, many workplace stresses are minimized or can even disappear.