I hear a lot of leaders talking about culture, teamwork, and how they have a "vision" for how work should be done.
Sadly, many of these same leaders are so out of touch with how the modern world of work functions that they don't even realize they are the root of the problem.
Let me toss out a few questions to get us started:
- Are you losing valuable employees?
- Have you convinced yourself and the other executives that this is all "good turnover?"
- Do you still believe in the embarrassingly ineffective command and control style of leadership?
How is that working out for you?
I'm Calling You Out
The responsibility to create a culture that actually values employees in a tangible way is entirely up to the leader. No one else.
I don't want to hear that employees complain too much.
I don't want to hear about your fancy job title. (I've had a fancy job title for years, and the only result was that the burden on me to be a better leader grew exponentially.)
Guess what? Your staff meetings are nothing more than a dead world assembly.
Stop trying to justify your struggles. No one believes you anymore.
How About You
It's time for a new start. Get over yourself. Accept that you've made some mistakes...and open your mind to leading in 2016.
Otherwise, you're going to lose the rest of your team. I promise.
I'd love to hear from you.