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Bet on your Strengths

Betting on strengths might be the most underrated strategy in modern business. I’m serious. We have an obsession with improvement. We spend time trying to correct weaknesses, when we could be just paying attention to the strengths. Why? Again, I’m talking about a strictly business scenario, because weaknesses in personal and family life should be given attention and care. But in the office, at work, on your team: focus on the strengths.

Read more: Your Weaknesses Don’t Bother Me

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How to Diversify Your Talent Pool

Bringing new people into your organization can change your business for the better.  It’s easy to evaluate candidates and choose individuals with relevant work history, but this practice does not help to bring new ideas into your business.  Consider selecting a leader with a different background than you would normally consider. Individuals with different experiences will help your company to be more innovative and stay ahead of the pack.  One way to diversify your company is to hire from a variety of age groups.

Todd Taylor, Partner at Heidrick & Struggles, an executive search firm, explains, “‘For the first time ever, we are soon going to have four generational cohort groups working at the same time. People from Gen X, Gen-Y and very soon a new cohort of post-Millenials each interact and network very differently than Baby Boomers…’”  With all of the different generations working together in one company, mentorships will prove to be imperative.  Experienced employees have a wealth of knowledge to offer new hires, and new employees are full of fresh ideas that they can’t wait to share—both can benefit from this relationship.

This video is contributed by Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm headquartered in Chicago.  It specializes in executive search services, executive leadership consulting, and culture shaping.

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Don’t Break Trust

Dove had been working with a client for well over a year on one project. They were nearing the finish line when there was a slight issue with what he had completed. Looking back over his work he realized that he had made an error when writing some of the content. It was due to his customer later that day. As easy as it would have been to blame it on someone below him or claim the technology had malfunctioned, Dove knew he had to take responsibility. He called up the client to let him know about the mistake. While she was disappointed in what had been done she knew it was just that – a mistake. Dove thanked her and promised to fix the error by the morning. For Dove, telling the truth was much more ethical than tossing out a lie.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Hearpreneur Post “Four Entrepreneurs Explain What it Takes to Run an Ethical Business

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Creating a Platform

Elephant was interviewing some new employees before placing them on the schedule. He liked a lot of what they brought to the table and complimented each of them on their successes. One of the greatest joys of being the CEO of his company was the fact that he knew he could give these young workers a leg up when it came to their experience. Being able to create a platform that showed off their education and teachings would not only help his company, but it would also help their careers down the line. Elephant couldn’t think of a better way to use his authority than helping his workers.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Hearpreneur Post “Entrepreneurs Share Why They Endeavor Through the Trenches of Being a Leader

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Ethical Corporate Culture

Cow had one priority for his company. Typing up a memo to everyone he made one declaration for how he wanted his business model to be and if people weren’t interested in it, they could leave. His most important rule was to build an ethical company culture. He wanted his business and himself to be at the front line of how a business should be run. There would be no backstabbing or ruthlessness as long as he was the CEO. His workers would represent his commitment to ethical business practices when they interacted with customers. Cow knew that by having an ethical business, customers would be a lot more trusting of his company.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Hearpreneur Post “Four Entrepreneurs Explain What it Takes to Run an Ethical Business

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Know and Have a Good Sense of One’s Self-worth

Turtle wanted to make a good impression on his new staff. He knew he was at the top of his game and that he had a lot more experience than most of the workers he led. Instead of tooting his own horn and acting as though he were the best in the industry, he took a much different approach. He went down and asked each of his workers what they thought their best quality was as an employee within his company. Turtle knew his value in the company. As a leader within the company he was there to make his workers shine at the end of the day. And because of there he didn’t have any reason at all to act as though he was much more important than he actually was.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “5 Things Great Leaders Do and Failing Leaders Don’t

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Getting Attention

Kangaroo was at a business lecture as one of the presenters. He didn’t have to give any speeches but when a group of young entrepreneurs came up to him after the day ended they had some questions for him to answer. The biggest one being what the biggest hurdle was when he was trying to start his business. For a few moments he thought back on the beginning of his business and all the muck he had to plow through to get to the state he was at today with his business. Finally he decided on the most prominent one – getting noticed. “It was hard to get noticed in a sea of startups,” he said with a nod, “They all want one thing – a good product at a fair price. Anyone can do that if they want to. But it takes doing that and more to get noticed. You claw and fight and climb you way to the top through unique design, innovation and doing what the other people can’t or won’t.”

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “What Was Your Biggest Hurdle When Starting Your Business?

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Put Skin in the Game

Armadillo had been working on changing things up with his business. A group of business partners had met to discuss some exciting changes which could be made to liven up things around the office. Armadillo had been having some ideas of his own during the meeting and decided to speak with his co-owner when he returned to the office. He wanted to empower a group of employees to begin designing and thinking of new ideas and products to pitch to him. He wouldn’t just let them do so without reward or interest, but each month they would all sit down and discuss the news ideas and hear their pitches. The winning idea would receive a public viewing and a bonus to the lead designer on the project. This way he would be committed to their innovation.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “Trade Secrets to Game-Changing Innovation

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Focus on Customer Service and Satisfaction

Turkey had just opened his third franchise and things were definitely looking up. After the first month of the franchise being in business he decided to call a meeting with all the owners. Turkey was proud of what they had all accomplished but he wanted to make one thing very clear to each owner. Customer service was always going to be the top. If they lost profit to make up for an error, fine. Having the customer leave their store satisfied with their purchase and how they were treated. During the meeting everyone agreed that putting the customer first was the most important thing for all their businesses.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “Critical Business Survival Strategies