You may have built the company from the ground up or you may have been there since before it was even close to being the company is today, but I bet there are a few hidden treasures in your company that you didn’t know about. Not hiding in the boiler room or the basement, but right in front of you, in fact you probably greet half of these treasures on a daily basis. Pay attention and you will catch on quickly.
There are things you could be doing to be a better boss. No one is going to come right out and say it, except for your boss and that’s not the perspective you want to get. One of the biggest challenges we face is separating how we see ourselves from how our employees see us. Your leadership could mean an increase in productivity, sales and better customer service, but you have no idea you’re doing anything wrong or at least not doing what you need to be doing right. This means that you need to open up a better channel of communication with your employees. If you let them know that you care enough to improve in your position, it might just motivate them to improve in theirs. If you show them that you are really trying to make their jobs easier, it might just inspire them to make yours easier as well. This will also make it a lot easier for your employees to come to you right away instead of letting stress, resentment and anger build.
If you haven’t caught on yet, all of the good ideas you need are within your reach, you just have to know where to look. You should know something about all of the jobs in your company but your employees should know everything about their job and even a little more. Letting your employees get away with just doing their job is like letting someone walk out the door with all of your secrets and ideas. I recommend you take full advantage of the expertise and experience of your employees and I promise that you won’t regret it.
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