1. Stakeholder Surveys – You must determine a base line for your employees. You should conduct a series of surveys designed to find out what your employees know, what they don’t know and what they think they know. First, do they understand the true mission of your organization? If you think so then think again, because making money is not the mission. The mission is providing a product or service that customers will buy. Do they know the vision or the mantra of the owner(s)? These questions will take careful crafting before you distribute a survey of any kind. I do recommend that this first survey be done anonymously online, through a service like (Survey Monkey, Constant Contact, etc.) You must learn your employees, no matter how many you have. (1-1000).
Are you too busy living to create a life? Are you too busy working to create a career? Are you too busy managing rather than becoming a business leader? Are you just too busy because being busy is the only thing you know how to do?
Did you know that Warren Buffet only works three hours a day? Obviously someone with his wealth doesn’t have to work at all. How do you think people like him got that way? I assure you they didn’t get that way by being too busy to create the life they wanted. They set a side time to plan and balance their life beyond showing up day after day performing the same tasks and maintaining the status quo. They made plans, and weren’t afraid to change to achieve their goals.
Our lives are made up of a series of habits that we create over time. Do you believe you intentionally adopt behavior that places you in harms way? Some harm may come in the form of decreasing health. Other harm comes in self-defeating personality traits. I am referring to the persistent habits that develop harmful behavior. For example, we fail to get healthy, get into shape, and be good to others and ourselves.
Often times while trying to make a point the thought escapes me. As a result I’ll ask someone to wait a moment, so I can reclaim my train of thought. Moments later I’m able to recall the thought and continue.
Thoughts, like trains, travel on tracks but sometimes they jump them. Sometimes when we speak to people they may not be traveling our track. Our message can be easily lost or misunderstood. True communication isn’t always easy because you must evaluate the message you’ve sent. Communication is statistically the number one problem in every organization, but did you know it is the number one solvable problem as well?
What would the world be like without you? Depending upon your age, you have had contact and influence early in your life and including today. Just think for a moment who has influenced you and more importantly who is influencing you now. Many people throughout your life will leave a permanent imprint. You will also indelibly do the same for others.