Leaders: Do You Get The Leftovers?
People who are eager to add value and grow want to work here. Our competitors get the other folks. – Morning Star employee
Leaders: the struggle for profits, market share, shareholder value and stock price starts – and ends – with the competition over talent. Does your company attract people who are eager to add value and grow? Or does it have to settle for “the other folks?”
Business doesn’t have to be about settling – hell, it shouldn’t be about settling! As a leader, if you don’t go to work expecting to win against your competition… what kind of a leader are you, anyway? And if you mean to win, doesn’t it make sense to have the best players, the most talented team?
Leaders, your only job is to find, recruit, and groom top talent, and then get out of that talent’s way. If you can’t do that, then you just aren’t much of a leader, are you?
So here’s a thought: make sure your company is an organization where that top talent is dying to work. And want to know the best way to do that? Ask your current talent what they like about your firm, and what they would change. Ask them how they would change it.
Then get to work.
Otherwise, you’re going to have to spend all of your time with “the other folks.”
They say you are who you hang around. So maybe, leaders, if you think that ‘good enough’ will suffice, well… maybe you’re one of “the other folks” yourself.
The opening quote is from Gary Hamel’s outstanding second book, What Matters Now. If you haven’t read it, read it. It will change how you think about business. Yes, even if you already consider yourself a business heretic, there are still ideas in there that will set your leadership free to excel. It’s that powerful a book.