Be a leader, not a needer

In management it seems that there is a massive misconception about managing employees and how they “manage” their most valuable assets in their company. Looking at the leaders of today, they have this mentality of breaking down their employees to show their “management worth”, and that’s about it.

Take a look at the largest companies in the world that have a sales division such as Coca-Cola or Home Depot. They have an internal sales team that is responsible for massive amounts of growth and that department is solely responsible for maintaining revenue, forecasting revenue, as well as interpreting market trends.

When you’re looking at these massive companies with sales divisions, look at the people that are making it happen versus the upper management. There’s going to be a large amount of “worker bees” that actually out-weigh the skill sets of their management. This is due to their managers lack of drive, lack of knowledge, and lack of market trends.

The managers that fit this role are typically those who develop issues to manage in the work place, and provide their employees with enough guidance to feel “in control” of the situation still.

Example: Your best sales person understands market trends and provides your firm with 50% of your annual revenue, however that’s the same person that you keep putting down for character flaws and management styles that do not agree with yours. Well, truth be told, it’s his character that grew your company, it’s his management style that grew your revenue stream, and it’s his work ethic that sustains the company. Is the issue really the sales person, or the lacking knowledge and guidance provided by the manager? This manager is the same person that will say “you’re not ready” or “that’s not a good fit” to their employee to keep them generating revenue.

Keep your employees on the hamster wheel long enough, they’ll realize they’re worth more than you value, and they’ll hop off the wheel, and far surpass their manager’s “expectations” but elsewhere.

Be mindful of how you’re treating those employees, and be sure to evaluate where you are in your company as an employee.

It’s easy to spot a bullshit manager. Just take a look at yourself.

Remember those “managers” will either LEAD you or NEED you…

Don’t be a megaphone!

This applies to most people unfortunately. If this doesn’t apply to you, I personally applaud you and thank you for your logical service to society.

In a whirlwind of bullshit at one of our offices today I have an employee run up to me and say “Hey, we have a problem”… He states the problem which obviously cannot be shared with all of you, but the problem is small in the big scheme of things. Literally, the problem equates to somewhere in the neighborhood of a fraction of a percent.

So, I of course ask the logical questions of… 1. are we required to take part in this? 2. what is this needed for? 3. have you asked anyone else about this to see if it is actually needed?

As I ask these questions, I get blank stare in return. To all of them.

I say this as a business owner, problem solver, and more so than that, a logical person who doesn’t like bullshit.

Please make it a point when seeing a problem and complaining about it, to actually have a solution to the problem when you are bringing it up to someone. Think of how the person must feel when you’re bring a shit little problem to the table, but no solution.

Don’t me a megaphone and state the problems louder than necessary. What are you doing? What are you solving?

Be logical. Be thoughtful. Be proactive.