Hi! I’m Stephanie Breedlove, Co-Founder of Care.com HomePay, Author and Angel Investor.
I absolutely adore taking an idea and giving it life in the form a business, then leading it to its full potential. Nothing is more fun. (Seriously!) I’d love for every woman who wants to start her own business to say the same thing, so here I am, mentoring millennial entrepreneurs. When I’m not working, I like to recharge and head outdoors to hike, bike, or stand up paddle board!
Is that list of business news and trending articles you’ve tagged still unread? I get it. Allow me to help. Take a couple minutes to read my summary of articles serving the most pertinent, actionable business topics. Or, take 10 minutes to read the full article, and put another brick on the foundation of your growing career.
This Week’s Must-Read:
Who it’s for:
All managers questing to enhance success, quality and culture
Why it’s important:
We all want to love what we do and work for a company where everyone else loves what they do, too. Wouldn’t that be awesome? If you’re accountable for a team’s performance, you should want the team to have passion, purpose and fulfillment at work, in addition to high performance and success. This helps to generate that love-for-what-they-do feeling, because the reality is you won’t maximize metrics without maximizing human elements, first. But how? It’s easier said than done (or else everyone would be doing it.)
Here’s the key: Be business-like about it by making employee performance a business goal. It allows your team to understand that their efforts matter at epic proportions, and it helps them to more easily seethe fruits of their labor. This generates pride in the quality and value they create, and when this happens, they want to do it more, and do it better. I call it creating a company of owners, and it’s awesome.
Celeste Ford, founder of Stellar Solutions, offers a real-life example for us to follow. The key to her company’s success is aligning teams around corporate goals and well-defined strategies for achieving them. The company has a systemic annual strategic planning process, and every single goal that the company has is in someone’s bonus plan.
The process is transparent; you know exactly what you’re being measured on. Employees have ‘dream job’ worksheets and meetings on how they can cross boundaries that hold them back. Creating tangible connections between where the company is going, what people want to do, and what customers need is the company’s greatest struggle, but it’s also where high performance and success intersect with loving what you do.
Top Take-Away/Final Thought: Happy employees are more efficient and productive. They are more motivated to build relationships with their customers and achieve success. They also stay longer. These ‘wins’ are created not just with attractive HR policies and benefits, but also with business strategies that align company goals with performance.
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