Guidelines vs. Rules – Creating Wildly Successful Employees

Employees have changed. Rules don’t cut it anymore. The newer generation isn’t sure it even wants to go to work and has in some ways decided to retire BEFORE working. How do you as a Business Owner respond to this new world?

How is the new world different than the old industrial age employee world? The old world had rules the employee needed to live by. The new world has guidelines that create ownership, freedom, teamwork, and creative involvement for the employe:

A Key Objective in creating happy employees: Create “ownership” of their job, and help them see how it fits into the bigger picture (process mapping is a great way to do this.)

Employee Guidelines (principles)Employee Rules (laws)
Provide Framework

Gives you a “floor”-minimum

Encourages innovation

Frees up employees to win

Emphasis on effective result

Emphasis on employee ownership

Encourages participation/innovation

Examples of each:

Apple Computers

Box to live in.

Gives you a ceiling – “maximum”

Encourages conformity/sameness

Creates fear of losing

Emphasis on process/procedure

Emphasis on we/they blame games

Encourages hiding/work-arounds.

Example:

U.S. Government

How do you lead in the new world? By becoming a Servant Leader. The best leaders have always led this way, but if you don’t lead this way in the new employer world, you won’t keep your employees.

Leaders do not exist to be served by those “under” them. They do not have the right to have others make them look good. Having a title on a door does not make you a leader. Leaders are focused on how they can make everyone else around them more successful (the servant leader). Employees are very clear that the leader’s job is to champion them and give them the vision, environment, resources, training, and connections to be wildly successful. The smart leader knows that if everyone around them is successful, they won’t have to worry about their own visibility or success.

Be a servant leader – create ownership among your employees for their positions, and focus your energies on making them wildly successful. You’ll have a great business and make more money in less time as a result.

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