It's pretty simple. If you decide to value and respect your people above ALL else, you will have a thriving and healthy culture because you will attract talented people.
Not all of them will stay with you.
At InspireHUB, we empower people that have future dreams that don't necessarily include us. Here's why attracting talent that might not stay can still be a win.
Here's what I learned about empowering talent that might leave.
For some people, our company will be their landing pad, but for others, it will be a launchpad as they go after the big dreams in their life. We're excited to be with talented people, even if it's just for a little while on their journey.
Years ago, one of my mentors shared this principle with me. He explained there were two types of leaders. There are those who want a steady stream of top talent, even if it means they are just passing through on their way to other things. There are others who are afraid of their top talent having dreams besides "the company." They try to keep them at all costs, but in doing so, they risk stagnation.
I've noticed that when people are FREE to express their aspirations (no matter what they may be), they are more engaged while they are with you. If they do launch outwards, they become amazing ambassadors.
I know this because it's how I feel about the leaders who helped me launch.
Who helped YOU?
Feel free to tag someone who launched you in the comments section below! :-)
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The best way for a leader to keep their passion is to ignite it in others.
I read this great article in Fast Company about how this CEO who had never fired anyone.
He used a tool called Career Leader to help his staff discover their interests and motivations. I was hooked and immediately started using this tool on my own team.
The results have been remarkable. We have discovered untapped skills and potential right within our own team.
Here's what happened ...
It's one thing to make policies that put people first in company culture. It's another thing entirely to model them. But being part of a corporate social experiment designed to prove that putting the bottom line and people first are not competing ideals? Better buckle up!
Getting beyond lip-service often means a lot of falling down and getting things wrong before you find your groove. Our Founder, Karolyn Hart, jokes about our being "UnInspireHUB" while we fumbled through the transition from a more traditional workplace to the 100% remote -- and empowered -- workplace we have now. She's bent on disrupting some of the most toxic foundations of corporate culture, starting with ours.
Something funny happens when you treat people like capable adults. They tend to rise to the occasion, and so does your ROI.