Using the knowledge in your head to tell your team members how to solve problems is an easy option when you’re the mastermind of a growing company. However, the Encyclopedia Britannica never led a team of employees through a difficult stretch. It never enabled an employee to think critically and strategically about your company and their work.
Do you love your team members? Would they let you lead them through a minefield?
That’s correct. A minefield.
The intersection of love and leadership challenged Lt. Col Joe Ricciardi as he lead an IED disposal team during a deployment in Afghanistan. What he discovered about love’s influence on the workplace is a powerful testament to how full engagement can help leaders guide their team through almost anything. Walk in Lt.Col Ricciardi’s shoes and experience his research in the first part of our Love and Leadership series.
You can’t crack your employees’ heads open and look inside (well you can, but legal will probably advise against it) so how do you uncover what drives individual employees to work hard, stay focused and be more creative? Are they seeking more money, stock options, a pat on the back?
Keeping employees engaged means that they will stay longer, be more productive, and increase your base of satisfied customers. To get there, start from the ground up by understanding how employees think and how to meet their most fundamental needs.
During our “Happy Week” feature series from the Return on Values (ROV) Project, we explored employee happiness, leadership and customer loyalty as it happens inside of a workplace we truly admire, Blue Plate Catering. In the fourth (and final) part of our feature, we get raw and real as we tackle a topic that we just can’t get enough off…Sustainable Finances(Control yourselves. There is enough to go around for everyone!) What is it about a Small Giant that keeps them looking good financially for so long while other companies enjoy flash-in-the-pan succcess but end up fading out like so many Hollywood starlets?Well, for starters, they all tend to have the following under control when it comes to finance:
Topics: Employee Engagement