Make Your Mom Proud
I’ve read many articles lately that discuss the value of a CI business, exit strategies and other interesting topics of discussion on the subject of strategic planning.
While I place great importance on having a company of value, and I don’t want my three kids having to pick over the bones of my company, I honestly feel not enough business owners understand the most basic present assets they have: their employees.
My 83-year-old mother has been in the hospital recently for back surgery. While visiting one day, I showed Mom an article in which my company was mentioned. She told me she was proud of me. Moms definitely have a way to make you feel good no matter how small a victory.
While driving home, I started wondering: Who would be proud of my accomplishments after she was gone? I brought this up with her a few days later, and she replied that my wife and kids would assume that role. Good, yes—but not the same as Mom.
Jim Moran, my CEO, has said numerous times over the years that I need to praise my hardworking employees more often. It suddenly dawned on me that showing my pride in my employees by praising their accomplishments is incredibly important. My actions as the Big Cheese are, in a very small way, like Mom saying, “I’m proud of you.”
I took my entire staff and their families to a Chicago White Sox game and to dinner afterward at a local restaurant (Cubs fans wore their outfits in proud protest). This event has proven to be a favorite from year to year, and it has allowed me to watch employees’ kids grow from toddlers into teenagers.
While my guys always have fun at the game, I truly believe the people who enjoy it most are the spouses and kids. Wives come up to thank me and say how great it is to have their husbands happily employed with a company where they feel at home. The spouses are proud of their husbands, and the husbands are proud to be part of a phenomenal group of guys that have a passion for what they do and do it very well.