A company is people. Take the people out of the company and you’re left with an empty building with a lot of neat stuff in it doing nothing. If people have Paradigms, it stands to reason that the company has one as well. The Paradigm is a nest of habits that people or businesses accumulate during their lives. A habit is an idea or group of ideas that are fixed in the subconscious mind. It’s better known as Corporate Culture. Culture is mass habit. It too can be changed. Corporate culture, if it’s not watched, which it never is, can cause a company to stagnate or even lose ground. People get into the habit of doing things the same way, all day long, every day, and complacency and incremental growth is all that can be achieved. If you try to introduce changes to procedures the changes are often met with great resistance. Have you ever heard a team member say, “We’ve been doing it like this for years. I’m not changing it for the sake of change.” That’s corporate culture at its finest.
Incremental growth is all that can be expected. Managers will say, “That’s their attitude and I can’t change their attitude” and they’d be right. You can’t make anyone change their attitude but you sure as heck can teach them about attitude and make them want to change it. Attitude is everything.
Along with educating employees about attitude, asking them to co-create goals that the team can achieve and get them to look at what habitual non-productive activities they are doing, and exchanging them for productive activities is a sure-fire way to increase the bottom line. The employees are now working smarter not harder. When a team comes together and they collectively select, create, and take action to achieve a goal there is a sense of harmony that is created within the team. Accountability is automatically taken care of. Managers no longer have to create and delegate tasks to employees. Attitudes change. Employees become healthier and happier and that’s translated over to the work environment. Work gets done in a more efficient manner. This also increases the bottom line.
65% or more of the company’s income goes to wages and incentives. The biggest asset a company has is its people. Would it not be a wise investment to educate the people with the knowledge that personal development will empower them with? A small investment in time and money will make a big difference in the bottom line and in personal lives.