What is the common denominator of great careers, businesses, relationships and life? People.
No matter who you are or what you do, people are the most important part of your life. And the key to a successful business is the realization that:
- people are your key asset
- people are not just crucial to your business, they are your business.
As Richard Branson puts it, “people are the engine of any business”, “people are the lifeblood of any company”.
With people though, come unique “people challenges”. Ask any business person trying to find the “right people” – a definite challenge. And it doesn’t end there, it’s about the ongoing challenge of:
- managing them
- inspiring them and
- keeping them.
The crux of it is that people must be valued and respected, whether they are a boss, co-worker, friend, child or spouse. They need to be looked after. They need to be able to contribute and be acknowledged for their contribution. They need to have fun within a team focused on enjoyment and achievement. It doesn’t matter who the people are or what they do, earn their trust, and loyalty, will follow.
This means that in an age of information overload, social networking and hi-tech applications, it is crucial to remember that:
- relationships remain essential
- teamwork is not negotiable
- communication is vital
- leadership is critical
Along with “people challenges” are “people opportunities”. What you will see most of, challenge or opporunities, will depend a-lot on you and your attitude towards your people. People will care about you and your business, when you care about them first.
Are you getting the most out of your number one asset, your people? If not, what could you be doing differently?
What are you doing to increase the value of your business by investing in, your people? Do you actually know what motivates your people?
Food for thought as you start a new week.