Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Can An Employee Know More Than You?
Last Summer Marshall Goldsmith wrote an article for HBR entitled "When Your Employees Know More Than You" that addresses some of the ways we can rememdy this problem. Marshall encourages his readers to respect the time of their employees. He reminds us that everyone is busy today and time is critical to people. Therefore we have to not waste other peoples time by meaningless meetings or wasted idle chat. People want to
do their jobs and do them well but then go home and spend time with family and friends. We have to be willing to respect that. When someone realizes his or her time is respected it's amazing how much more they are willing to do for the company.
We also have to support the growth of everyone around us. By asking, "What can our company do to help you grow and achieve your goals?" will find it comes back tenfold, according to Marshall. We have to be interested in more than just what an employee can do to serve us or the company.
Marshall is a great source of information. His website is filled with articles and other resources that are well worth a browse.