Posts By: Dana Michelle Woods
Who else– A few years ago, I had an amazing idea for a mentorship group for teen girls. I was proud of my idea and knew I was going to make a real impact in my community. I remember sharing the idea with a co-worker and to my surprise, she said these pivotal words to me, “we’re doing that now”. I smiled and went back to my office, hurt and discouraged. I really thought I was the only one with the idea. The statement, there is nothing knew under the sun, is true. Don’t think you’re the only one with a smart and amazing idea. Be prepared to adjust, and not abandon if you find out someone else thought of the same thing. The idea will have your signature imprint.
2). Why now– Before you launch, you should know if your targeted market is ready for your goods and services now. What did they use prior to your product? Will they “try out” your goods and services because you’re the new shinny penny? Remember you’re in business to establish, build, and retain your client base for the long-haul. A shoe salesperson isn’t excited because a person tries on several pairs of shoes. The excitement is when they “buy” and come back again and again buy.
3). Share– Create a small and trustworthy focus group (family, friends, or potential clients) to get the feedback on your goods and services. When a television show is created, they start with a pilot show that is then shown to a small audience. The purpose is to determine if the show is good enough for the viewing audience and will they make money. If the pilot fails, minimum invested is loss. You want to know, just how good or bad your goods and services are before making a substantial capital investment.
Failure to test your idea will cost you more than money…it could cost you your business’s reputation.
What if there was a report called the Worst Boss to work for in the USA. Would your name be on the list? What makes a Boss a tyrant and difficult to work for as well as with. Let’s explore the basic function of a Boss. The Boss is solely responsible for the entire company operations from recruiting talented people to customer sanctification. In a typical organization, a Boss will establish a leadership team to oversee key areas in the organization, such as, human resources, accounting, marketing, sales, customer service, product and research development, business development, and community outreach. As you can see, being the Boss has a significant amount of responsibility that one shouldn’t take lightly. But does the responsibility on the shoulders of the Boss give them the right to mishandle the employees under their care? The answer is an unequivocal NO!
A Boss must understand that the success of the company is not just their leadership, but a combination of everyone on the team. The reason some of the best companies make the “Best Places to Work” list is due to solely from a current or past employees experience at that company. What type of experience are you creating for your employees, whether they be in management or the person emptying the trash cans. As I stated earlier, a Boss is responsible for the entire company, but a today’s Boss, must ensure their employees are experiencing a positive cultural which enables them to give a 100% of productive useful effort.
- You micro manage the leaders on your team, giving them zero power to make decisions on the behalf of the company.
- You fail to delegate because you believe every decision requires your level of expertise.
- You fail to acknowledge the contributions off your employees.
- You expect people to place the company first and family/personal life last.
- You prefer your staff to not take vacations even-though you offer 4 weeks vacation as part of your company’s benefits package.
- You have an unspoken rule of your employees being on 24-hour call.
- You fail to compensate your employees as result of the company’s success
If any of the statements above fit you, you are the reason your employees hate working for you. The strategies below can assist you with being a better Boss.
4 Strategies to being a better Boss:
- Change your perspective of your employees. See them as problem solvers, innovators, and company cheerleaders.
- Change your interaction with all your employees by visiting their work areas and engaging in meaningful conversation.
- Challenge your leadership team to create a work-life balance team environment
- Challenge yourself as well as your leadership team to share the success of the company
To create an open permission environment, first educate the management team that the company stakeholders are not just the investors but the entire company at large. Growing and making the company better is everyone’s top priority. When employees are given open permission from the entire management team to be creative thinkers, a company will soon discover their next big idea is from someone sitting in a cubicle.
- Establish a digital repository for employees to submit their ideas as well as opinions and offer an incentive.
- Create and “Idea Exchange Task Force (IETF)”, comprised of management and employees from various departments to review and catalog every idea submitted.
- The IETF will present their findings to senior management and if the top idea(s) are approved, then management will invest resources.
Acknowledge the employee(s) who presented the winning idea(s), promote internally, social media, and offer a cash incentive.
Employees are more invested in a company that values their contributions.