Several years ago I remember sitting across the desk listening to my manager give me a lecture about my priorities. My Dad had been battling some serious health issues, and my employer thought it was important for me to understand that “this job is your priority”. Obviously, our priorities were drastically misaligned. I realized there is no value (nor time) in life to give considerable thought to inconsiderate people. Shortly after that inflection point, thankfully, I moved on to blaze my own trail as an entrepreneur.
I spent a tremendous amount of time evaluating what I want in life, and designing a plan. As, Jim Rohn said, “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” In most cases, this is very true. The choices you make now, the people you surround yourself with, they all have the potential to affect your life and directly influence the quality of your days.
After I had time to paint a clear picture of my priorities (values, goals, etc.), I started to think about how organizations win. There are several factors of course, but ultimately, they win with their people. So my goal was to create a work culture that truly epitomized our core values, and then work hard to surround myself with genuinely good people who have ability, judgement and knowledge, but above all, a passion and willingness to serve others. Below you will find 7 immutable values that we started sharing with our new hires to help them understand what we stand for — always.
What we believe and stand for
1. Success is about creating benefit for all and enjoying the process.
2. Trust your team.You will launch many projects, but have time to finish only a few. So think, plan, develop, launch and tap good people to be responsible. Give them authority and hold them accountable. Trying to do too much always creates a bottleneck.
3. Character is higher than intellect.
4. Use good judgment. It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
5. Don’t confuse good with weak! People confuse goodness with weakness. It is weak people, not good people (goodness demands strength), who are taken advantage of.
6. It takes less time to do a thing right than it does to explain why you did it wrong.
7. Good things happen to good people.
For as long as I intend to operate a business, I will attribute its success to: persistence, hard work and hiring genuinely good people. The greatest value of having good people around you is not what you get from them but the better person you become because of them..
So work hard to surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. It makes the journey and your experiences much more rewarding.