4 Choices You Make With Every Employee

“You don’t build a business–you build people–and then people build the business.”
— Zig Ziglar

“Good people are free because they contribute more to the bottom line
than they cost…Poor people are expensive.”
— Brian Tracy

Here are your 4 choices you can make with your employees:

#1: Choose your hires carefully.  Do they have the right technical skills? Do they have good character and positive attitudes?  Will they blend with your organizational culture?  Do they have good interpersonal skills?  Do they have great potential?  Does their professional mission align with the organization’s mission?  If the answers are “yes”, hire them.

#2: Choose to invest in your employee(s).  Help them recognize and develop their strengths.  Find a way to fill in gaps that are holding them back.  In other words, provide training, mentoring and accountability.  Zig Ziglar said, “The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is to not train them and keep them.”

#3: Choose to save $$$ by cutting the training budget. Waiting for spontaneous and accidental growth is a choice. However, you and your organization will eventually suffer the consequences of underdeveloped employees.

#4: Choose to get rid of the zombies.  Sometimes the only right choice is to get rid of the underachievers and disengaged employees.  If they aren’t worth your investment to transform them, don’t procrastinate. Let them go. Parting ways is doing a favor to both you and the employee.

Choose wisely and promptly!

The Making of Superheroes

Zig Ziglar said you were “designed for accomplishment, engineered for success and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” In other words, YOU were born to be a superhero!  As such, your mission (you should decide to accept it) begins with the following four assignments…

  • Assignment #1:  Be intentional and be prepared. Do something everyday to learn and grow. There’s no time to waste. People are mired in mediocrity and they need a superhero you!  Prepare yourself to “save the day!”
  • Assignment #2:  The Lone Ranger had a partner known as Tonto. Batman had Robin at his side. Choose your Robin and bring him or her with you to the next superhero growth opportunity.
  • Assignment #3:  Invite your superhero colleagues to participate in superhero growth experiences. Then, help one another learn, develop, grow and sharpen each others superhero powers.


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Completing the Mission

Life consists of countless small missions and hopefully some Big, Hairy Audacious ones, too.  Whether big or small, there is one common denominator — the human factor.  People are susceptible to distractions that cause them to lose focus on the mission.  Sometimes the distractions are real, sometimes they are figments of the imagination.  But, the fact is, human beings are “focus challenged.”  I suspect there’s a little ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) in all of us.

What distracts you from completing your mission?  What can you do about it?  There are useful tips for enhancing focus, such as developing a personal mission statement.

“… develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed.  It focuses
on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and achievements)
and on the values or principles upon which being and doing are based.”

— Stephen Covey, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, p. 106

Great advice!  But, as valuable as a mission statement is, I’m sure Stephen Covey would agree that it is only the beginning.  The ability to get focused, stay focused, and restore focus when we lose it requires a comprehensive, on-going  program of preparation.  Such programs are often called “personal development” or “professional development” or “leadership development.”  The point is, if consistent and strategic physical conditioning prepares us for our physical challenges, doesn’t it make sense that intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development is at least as important?  I wonder how you are conditioning yourself to become stronger and more effective in dealing with the challenges of your mission.

Here’s my invitation to you.  Watch this cool video I discovered about staying focused on the mission.  It’s a humorous and powerful presentation that will have you ROFL.  When you’re back on your feet, think of ways you can develop yourself to deflect distractions and complete your mission.  Maybe its learning to prioritize, reading a personal growth book, or devoting time each week to reflect on your life’s purpose.  It probably means more, like engaging in a leadership development program or hiring a business coach.  Whatever you decide, strike while the iron is hot.  Get started right away and start enjoying the satisfaction of completing the mission.