Admit it, even though we know it’s bad for us, we go through the drive-thru more than we would like. I know I do.
We’re so busy with our lives, we don’t often take the time to sit down for a nice healthy meal, especially with the ones we love.
Often companies will do the same with their leadership and professional development programs, sending individuals to a one-day event once or twice a year and call it leadership development. It doesn’t work like that.
Those events are great (and I even host one each year!), but if that’s all you’re doing for your team, you’re doing it wrong…just ask your employees.
Why do companies do this? These are the most common excuses I hear:
1> We’re too busy!
What message are you sending to your team about their growth (and your company’s) that your focus is so short-sighted, you’re not willing to invest in your future? What happens to your company when the work you’re doing is no longer needed, has become obsolete and your team isn’t up to date on soft-skills, hard-skills, or technology? Everyone loses.
Are you sure you’re too busy? Or are you just distracted by the bright shiny objects, meaningless reports, and the status quo?
2> We don’t have the money!
Claiming not to have money in to invest in your team is really an indication of poor leadership and poor planning on behalf of company leaders.
This reminds me of an old joke:
CFO: What if we invest all this money into people, and they leave?
CEO: What if we don’t, and they stay?
Don’t be the company that doesn’t invest and then wonder why you’re not getting the results you’re looking for. Despite being told otherwise, ignorance is not bliss.
3> Our customers don’t care!
This is the worst excuse I’ve heard. If this is really true, that means you position your company on price, not value, and the customers you have will jump ship the moment a competitor offers a lower price.
Nobody wins in the race to the bottom, but if you think your customers don’t care, you’re currently sitting in first place.
As you’re planning for 2016, I challenge you to spend less time in the drive-thru with your teams and more time around the table. Your team will thank you for it, and the proof will be in the results.