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The 5 Words Leaders Use That Do More Damage Than Good

The most misunderstood phrase in corporate speak is, “People are our greatest asset.” Those five words do more damage than good.

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Does the talk reflect the reality?

But we all see it. The CEO’s talk it, the EVP mentions it, the website is full of the same statement. 

The annual reports of many publicly listed entities proudly state that people are their greatest assets. It has been said so many times now that it has become something of a cliché. If you have to continually say it, either you are trying to convince yourself, or, the people who are hearing the message

The 5 most meaningless words

If they did truly believe them, you would find a transformed workplace, but that does not translate into nap pods, pool tables, or free ice cream. Those are just superficial perks that carry no value in the long run.

The most inspired and critical dynamic in any workplace is the manager/employee relationship. Fix that, and you are on the road to redemption. No gym or free food will ever make up for having a culture with the wrong kind of managers walking around.

You could spend all the money available, and it would not affect you. Managers need to know how this whole culture thing works. They need to know that they are the most important piece of the equation.

Forget the leadership development, you should focus on getting managers to connect.

Connecting with the troops

For leaders to best connect with their staff, they need to be in the mix with their team. They need to develop social skills that will allow them to interact with their direct reports. This builds a strong teamwork atmosphere

The conncetion between leaders and employees from many levels beneath them on the organization chart is the foundation of any organization because a strong foundation equals a strong company. A weak foundation will eventually fall in on itself.

The results will eventually follow

This is so plain and simple. Companies that have earned the distinction of being a great place to work have understood this all along. They know that if they make a strong connection between the organization and its employees, everything else, for the most part, will fall into place.

From strategic initiatives to financial goals, the results will eventually follow.

So next time you hear those five little words, think about what organization it came from. There just might be a disconnect between the speaker of those words and where this person came from.

Source: HRzone

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