I just finished a very enjoyable consulting opportunity with a company. To be honest, I didn’t want it to end. I couldn’t put my finger on why it was different. Well, a week after it ended, I woke up at 4AM and it hit me. I was hired by an owner and every team member I met with had an owner mentality. They were engaged in the business. Not one of them had an employee or entitlement mentality.
I covered Accountable Seedership™ and Results Management Training with the owner and 10 team members. I discussed not tolerating poor performance, total accountability, producing 3-5 times your wage or salary for the company to be profitable, treating your company as a owner and personal responsibility for your performance. Every team member was exactly like I was meeting with a co-owner of the business. No lack of accountability, no finger pointing. How refreshing. No wonder they are successful.
How did they get that way? Just like every one of us got the way we are, they were raised that way. They may have come from a different type of organization but they have transformed to the speed of the leaders. They do not have a “just get by” or “put in my 30 years” mentality. An owner mentality must be developed over time.
Just what are the LWOM’s and the BWEM’s? They are Leaders With Owner Mentality (LWOM) and Bosses With Employee Mentality. (BWEM) (Entitlement will fit also.) If the number of LWOM’s do not increase in number, your organization is doomed.
Many bosses (not leaders) come to work, put out fires, go home and repeat. They NEVER look at how to improve the business. They improvise instead of improve. There may be a place for these bosses but we are looking for the Leader that says “not in my organization”. We are looking for Leaders with owner mentality.
We were recently advised by a marketing firm that because our goal is to increase accountability, the only leaders that would consider our course would be one that had compensation directly tied to results. Others would see total accountability as extra work right up to the time they were laid off for being with an unprofitable organization. We have not totally bought into this and still have hope of LWOM’s being out there.
If you have a slight idea that you may be a BWEM there is hope. I am huge on personal responsibility but this may not totally be your fault. You may have never known of the LWOM until now. You have been trained and developed by BWEM for years and did realize there was a better way. You can change, feel better about what you do and make a contribution to the success of your company.
Our goal at Accountable Seedership™ Coaching is to develop BWEM’s into LWOM’s. There is hope. Our task at hand is to determine how high up the hierarchy must we search to find the first LWOM? Is it you? Help us move “Our Employees Are Our Greatest Asset” from a wall poster or tee-shirt to the bottom line.