We’ve all heard the age-old expressions of a leader versus a boss. A boss takes credit and a leader gives credit, or a boss uses employees where a leader develops them. What about the overall culture of a workplace? Chris Hogan, a Dave Ramsey personality spoke at the NAB Radio show in Atlanta, Georgia in October. His focus was on workplace culture and leadership.
People like to work with others that are likeable. Hogan simply stated, “Be likeable!” When you are attempting to build business, are you someone that people walk away thinking, “I really like that guy/girl.” If you’re not, you might be taking your business in the wrong direction.
Hogan went on to discuss how to establish a culture of fun. First, you must understand that people matter. Everyone is on a different journey in this life and different things matter to those different people. Even more so, those people are different and matter as well.
Next, he suggested recognizing and rewarding people. Hogan said, “It’s hard to be hateful when you’re grateful.” Spend five minutes each morning writing out a thank you card or email to someone. Do it out of the sincerity of your heart. When you start to see people for the great things they do and acknowledge them for it, you will have a whole lot more people on your side.
Schedule a playtime. It’s important to have fun and play. Maybe schedule your next company meeting at a bowling alley. If you feel like you’re wasting time and money, you are not looking into investing in your company’s future. Employees are far more than machines. They have feelings, and personalities, and interests. Find out what they enjoy and show them that you can have fun too. Imagine that employer you may have had that all you know about them is the work they put out. You probably lacked sympathy for them and the business in general.
Lastly, avoid the ivory tower. Do you feel like you have perfected something? You probably haven’t. Odds are, there is someone out there that is better than you at your best skill. When you stop learning, you turn into a stagnate pool of water that no one wants to drink from. You need to be more like a river that is flowing. Constantly learning so you can teach. No one likes to be around those “know-it-alls” anyways.
Ultimately, create a culture that people like to be a part of. Like I had mentioned earlier, acknowledge that your employees are humans. They have problems in their lives, they like to be appreciated, they like to have fun, and they might have things to teach you. When you can transform your culture into that of fun, you will see great dividends.
– Peter Seifert