THE QUEST FOR STRENGTH II
Technology has never been more advanced than it is today. From wearables to rugged tech, the digital world has infiltrated every aspect of business, and everyone is drooling over the latest gadgets. Although technology is front-and-center in today’s corporate world, we cannot underestimate the most important element of business success: the human element.
According to popular opinion, organizational success is when an organization can achieve certain milestones that allows it to be competitive within the industry it exists. The manner to which these outcomes are determined depends on the internal efficiency of the organization. Furthermore, the ability to properly manage people, resources and time, can result in improvement of quality standards, creativity and innovation.
We’ve seen one too many enterprises fail because the focal point was merely producing results. While this is a given to any business that wants to achieve long-term goals, the saying “the end justifies the means” is just not the right way to conduct business. Achieving results at the expense of employees is a quick shortcut down the path to failure, and enterprises need to come to a realization that their employees are their greatest asset.
Thus, the road to being successful as a corporate entity cannot be solely journeyed by good products. By understanding the human element, business can be more profitable, lead more effectively, and create brand loyalty. Now more than ever, we must adopt the right strategies to improve internal efficiencies within the industry.
WITH EMPHASIS ON OUR PERSPECTIVE
If there is one thing most organizations have in common, it’s the never-ending requirement to improve the performance of their business. It’s all about long-run sustainability, remaining relevant, winning and being the frontrunner in the marketplace. The pressure is constant and the expectations are high. But how do you get there and how do you stay there?
It’s been said that the primary responsibility of every leadership team is to create a culture that allows the organization to achieve its objectives. But where does one turn when it comes to building a winning culture that delivers extraordinary results? Perhaps an organization is customer-centric, technology-centric, or service-centric in its value proposition –– in essence, the business’ core competency has very little to do with what it takes to be a leader in their industry.
The common denominator in all cases is found in the quality of the workforce, and can be reduced to a single factor — the human factor. More specifically, it is the attributes of an organization’s workforce that separates them from the pack. People are the primary determinant of success, and the common denominator in every function of every business and people are the key point of differentiation.
This has all kinds of implications on every business. Is your compensation and benefits program attracting the model employee? Is your performance management system enabling your leadership team to coach and mentor for continuous improvement? Is your culture a positive, compelling and infectious culture that extracts the very best out of your labor pool day in and day out? Growing companies must have a people strategy too, and that is why we agree that the following factors are important:
–– Nurture a learning environment
Henry Ford once said, “The only thing worse than investing in your employees and having them leave is not investing in them and having them stay.” Constant learning not only elevates an individual as a worker and as a person, it opens opportunities for the establishment to transform continuously for the better.
–– Treat Your People Like Family
What is the difference between a good company and a great one? It’s people. Prioritizing happy customers and happy employees seems like a no brainer; however, it’s hard for employees to deliver a great customer experience if the company does not promote a good experience for them. Treating employees with respect and kindness, contributes to the longevity of any business.
In resonating with the unique characteristics of the horse, we believe that our strength lies in our team who continuously thrive in setting the pace for positive change within our communities and beyond.
Our passion is people. What is yours?