You know the advantages that passionate employees can bring to your company. They contribute fresh, innovative ideas to your business. They are dedicated to both learning and teaching. They pour all their energy and focus into a cause bigger than themselves. They take better care of themselves physically and emotionally. And they go home to their families happy at night.
As CEO of WD-40 Company, I am more than just proud of our culture of 93% employee engagement. My tribe members bring brilliance, joy, dedication, and fun to work every day. All around the world.
I believe that this success is completely duplicable by any CEO who is committed to making the change. It may not be easy, but it is simple.
I can teach you how to have this too. Let’s get started.
The learning never stops as you climb the ranks of corporate leadership. You acquire the technical skills and industry insights necessary to stay ahead of the game. And they just require refresher courses now and then to keep your saw sharpened. But the higher up the ranks you ascend, the demand for technical acumen makes way for the increased need to broaden and deepen your people skills. Those lessons never seem to end.
It’s trendy these days to talk about corporate culture. What’s not to love about corporate culture – assuming it’s a positive, healthy one? Employees working and playing harmoniously with each other. Referring your company to their friends when you have positions open.
I’m often asked what the critical components are to the kind of extraordinary partnership that I have with my chief people officer. I have to say there is indeed a bit of luck, chemistry, and magic to our rapport. But there are some aspects to our relationship that are absolutely replicable – assuming both partners are willing participants in the adventure. I’ve unpacked them for you here.
Having served as the CEO and president of WD-40 Company for over 20 years, Garry Ridge has invaluable experience incorporating company culture and values into day-to-day operations and collaborating with tribe members and business partners throughout the world.