Several years ago, I was working with a very specialized fabricator who was well respected in the markets that the company served. The family who owned and operated the company was reaching a developmental plateau in their business. As the owner and I worked together, she was interested in our discussion of having the right people in the right positions working on the right things. This led us to uncover something that was not apparent.
This owner was talking to several of her major clients and found that one of her most trusted leaders was not adhering to some of the business’s core values, and had made some decisions that were causing these valued clients to think twice. This led to a discussion on how to salvage being ‘sabotaged’ by your trusted employee.
The focus of our conversation led us to really look at their core values as a family and business culture. Through this discussion, we found that what the family valued, and how the business interpreted those values, were not fully aligned. This led to re-defining the family’s values and integrated them into the daily operation of the company. When you see organizational values in employee behaviors, then you know your team is aligned and focused on the future. And this is an important issue for families in business together. When they think, act and work together, that alignment provides the structure for well understood expectations of everyone in the organization.
- If someone is sabotaging your organization, it is time to review what you ‘value” the most. It is ‘your wake up call’ to move towards greater systemic structures your staff will embrace, and that provide surety to grow without struggling. Is this ringing a bell for you?
- How do you know if an employee is sabotaging your company? Observe where your values are being acted out in your company. If they are out of alignment, start there. If not, keep on refining them regularly.
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