Life is so much easier without having to think about the implications of every little decision we make. However, though ignoring your core values may make life easier in the short term, this can create huge long-standing consequences.
The impact of trust on the economy can be witnessed at the corporate level. Bear Stearns, AIG, and Lehman Brothers were at one time considered trust-based businesses. Each of these companies relied on the trust of the market to establish the firm’s value.
The word “organization” and the word “organism” come from the same root word. Company culture bears many similarities to natural ecosystems. The way founders do business in the beginning of a startup are the seeds for what kind of company they will develop in two, five and ten years.
We have a continuous feedback loop in our company, comprised of one-on-one meetings, weekly departmental updates, trust and transparency in all of our interactions. Even with all of that, there are times when people need to be pushed to provide honest feedback.
As with most things, building a team environment takes time and work. Start small by building teams that you know will be successful. You can then use that success to help spread the concept to the rest of the organization.
Being surrounded by an entire team that doesn’t feel like they work for you can be a ridiculous blessing. But is there a magic formula that makes work feel like joy, happiness and fun all rolled into a single cupcake you can munch on all day long? You bet there is. It’s culture talking. And walking.
Customers must be a company’s top priority for it to succeed. But in order to have a truly customer-centric outlook, the same level of service must start within the organization with a dedication to employees.
More than 2,300 years ago, Aristotle said, “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” If this were written in today’s terms, it would fall under the heading of what we now call “employee engagement.”
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