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.
This is the time of year when, all over the world, we traditionally pause to reflect on the past months to review what we learned and what we’re grateful for. This year, however, is a little different. Wouldn’t you say? If we were to run an imaginary video of the scenes from the year through our mind, we’d see a succession of images we couldn’t have imagined this time in 2019.
In a recent blog post, I had the pleasure of introducing you to Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, retired), the first female fighter pilot in the Thunderbirds, who inspires the principle to “fly loose,” advising us leaders to resist the urge to micromanage when conditions start getting, shall we say, “off plan.”
In stressful situations, people tend to want to micromanage more than they had in more normal times. If you’re intentional with your boundaries as we discussed above, you are better equipped to resist the emotional compulsion to “take the wheel.”
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.