As a business consultant, speaker and trainer, I frequently get a birds-eye view of a wide selection of companies. Very soon the true mindset and attitude of that company’s leadership and staff become clear. Companies either fall into the category of what I describe as – “Champions” or “Chumps”.
The “chump” companies consistently show some or all of the following ten behaviours:
- Too many rules
- Poor training procedures
- Lack of feedback on performance
- Lack of differentiation for rewards between top and bottom performers
- A few individuals that carry all the pressure and key projects
- Promotions are based on tenure and experience rather than results
- Weak leaders
- Tolerance of poor performers
- Too many meetings, many of which are unproductive
You should pay close and constant attention to this list. Am I describing your company? Champions or Chumps? You decide!
Unless you make the workplace environment your number one recruiting tool, champion staff members will always be leaving. On the other hand, life is great when champion-type companies come looking for you. It takes a while for word to get around, but if you build it – a champion environment – they will come! Get building!
John Lloyd is a business growth strategist, award-winning marketer, speaker, trainer, columnist and author of the book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times.
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