Getting Your Employees to Care as Much as You Do
By Nathan Jamail
Many leaders and business owners around the world today say, “I wish my employees cared as much about our business as I do”. This has been a struggle for leaders and owners for decades (really- forever). This issue is not based on how much a person makes or the task that a person does for their job. The solution is not about salaries, bonuses, benefits or even nice bosses. The issue is based on what an individual is getting prior to giving and the solution is commitment.
As leaders we must commit to developing our team and they will commit to building our business
COMMIT TO DEVELOPING THE TEAM:
What does developing our team really mean? Developing our team means making our employees better, each and every day. Being better is not about being more experienced but actually being better. Enhancing their mindset to believe they can be more and achieve more. Developing their disciplines to do more and be more. Helping them practice and execute the keys skills of making them the best in their position. Developing happens best when a leader decides to engage, teach and coach their employees and makes a commitment to ensure it happens.
COMMIT TO DEVELOPING A “THRIVING CULTURE”:
A thriving culture is a culture that does not allow those with bad attitudes or complacent attitudes to infect those that want to be happy and achieve more. A thriving culture is a culture that allows for creativity and failure without the exclusion of high expectations, leader involvement or the highest level of accountability. A thriving culture is a culture where all members want to be there and serve others. A culture that is void of these things is a culture that is just looking to get paid or do a job. Committing to our team is about removing those that are not committed so those that are- can thrive.
THE TEAM COMMITTING TO THE BUSINESS:
Once a leader shows their commitment the team will show theirs in return- it is a natural reciprocal process. Often leaders expect their employee’s commitment and loyalty based on the company’s name or the job (or simply, the paycheck); and then they are surprised when they don’t get it. When employees are working hard, despite their bosses being present or not, it indicates that employees no longer see the boss as the variable, rather they see their effort as being the primary goal. The golden rule of “treat others as you want to be treated” can be translated into the principle of “commitment” in the same way. Except leaders must commit to others before others will commit to them. An important note in this concept is that the commitment to the employee is not to be judged by the leader, rather it is determined by the employees. At the same time the employee’s commitment is determined by the leader.
And in all things, success follows commitment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nathan Jamail, president of the Jamail Development Group, and author of the bestselling Playbook Series, is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur and corporate coach. As a former Executive Director, life insurance sales professional and business owner of several small businesses, Nathan travels the country helping individuals and organizations achieve maximum success. Nathan has worked with thousands of leaders in creating a coaching culture. Get your copy of Nathan Jamail’s most recent book released by Penguin Publishers, “The Leadership Playbook” of the Best Selling Playbook series.