The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress. ~Joseph Joubert, Pensées, 1842
Ever get into a discussion with a co-worker about how to fix the direction or leadership of your company or business? Did you argue about who had the better solution or did you listen and try to see their point of view? Were you concerned about winning your co-worker to your side so that you had support? Or, were you trying to gather information and find the best solution to allow the company or business to move forward?
Everyone, from the janitor to the president, within a company or business has an idea or solution to solve problems. The problem is not finding a solution but putting aside your ego; especially, if someone has a better solution. In other words, we need to learn when to be a leader and when to be a supporter.
I saw the title of the this article on Linked In and thought what the hell. I decided to read it and see what it was about.
It is about having high standards for employees but not supporting or encouraging the employees to reach for those standards. I have worked at companies who have developed this attitude through lack of leadership and lack of communication. It seems I always land at places that need help with communication but they have no desire to change. The ship is sinking, its not their company, why fix it?
Any business or company is a a small backdrop to a bigger picture. The employees of that company have families that they support who are in turn supporting local business. Without, your business or company, the local economy in your community suffers. You say why fix it? I say I am ready for the challenge to keep people employed and communities strong.
Sometimes this doesn’t always work, the ship will change direction or it will sink. However, the point is your attitude, whether a leader or just an employee, determines if your company or business succeeds or fails.