Building People Builds Great Companies

Kurt Takahashi_photoBy AMAG Technology, President, Kurt Takahashi

Building a great company doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time, perseverance, commitment and great, hard working people. You can’t have a great company without great people.

So, how do you build people and a great company?

Cast a Vision

First, a clear vision must be created and communicated to build a great company. Where do you see the company in one year? Five years? 10 years? Set goals, write them down and ACT. Communicate the goals several times throughout the year to your employees and ask for input.  Clarify that each and every employee plays a role in the success of the vision…because they do.

When you hit a bump in the road, take a step back and reflect. What went wrong? Remove your ego, emotions and determine, what can we do better? How can we improve? Answer those questions, revise the goals and continue to move forward.  

Believe in the Vision

Belief in the vision is the key to success. However, everyone must make that decision for themselves. There will be plenty of peaks and valleys along the way, but if you have made the important decision to believe in the vision, you can ride the peaks and work through the valleys toward the common goal.

The simple truth is that it’s up to each person to decide to buy in. It is not the leader, president, department head, etcetera’s, responsibility to make an employee happy, it’s really up to the employee.

The brutal reality is that some may not believe in the vision, and that’s okay. If an employee doesn’t believe in what they are doing, they won’t be effective…or happy. As a leader, I want my employees to be excited about coming to work everyday. If they are not, it’s okay for them to move on. It’s not okay to stay on board, not buy in and be disruptive..    

Build People

You can have the best product in the world, but if you don’t have the right people in place, your company won’t be successful.

PeopleAtTableThe right person in the right role, doing the right work, can mean the difference between success and failure. Finding the right person takes time and patience. But when you find the right person, don’t hesitate.

Like a family, affection, acceptance, accountability and appreciation must all be present. It’s not easy with the the day-to-day grind, but as a leader, it’s critical you base yourself with these elements in mind. Your people will know you care.  

Everyone is different, so helping employees situationally helps them reach their potential.  Understanding that everyone doesn’t learn the same way or is inspired in the same manner helps ground your relationship. Take the time to get to know your employees and what motivates them.

Everyone needs to be held accountable. A workplace without expectation provides little value to anyone. Knowing what’s expected allows one to succeed. Everyone wants to know if they are doing a good job so feedback is important. Expectations and accountability helps measure an employee’s success and provides clear direction and goal setting.

Growing leaders within the organization has rewards and provides connectivity throughout the company. Great domain expertise is invaluable and promoting from within demonstrates an appreciation for looking wider across the organization. Employees see you are willing to promote and work harder when they know a promotion is possible  However, looking for talented people outside the organization can provide new ways of working and refreshing new perspectives.

Building a great company is not easy; building people is even harder. But when done correctly based on a common vision, the combination of people with different temperaments, talents and conviction coming together will bring incredible synergies. When these work in harmony, there is nothing that cannot be accomplished.

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