The Balancing Act of Success – Part 2

Last week my post titled The Balancing Act of Success discussed balancing the needs of the company achieving its purpose with the need of the individual to learn, grow and add value.

The Question

I asked all of you to give me your thoughts on this question:

Does it really have to be a balancing act or could investing in each employee’s growth lead to sustained success for the company?

This blog is viewed in over 30 countries, so I was interested to see if there would be a balanced response from different cultures.  Here is what was said:

The Answer

No matter the location or background of the responder, the answer was loud and clear:

YES! Of course it makes perfect sense to invest in growing your people to grow your business.  That is how you achieve balance in both.

I think we all saw that one coming.  I didn’t expect anyone to say you should sacrifice the individual for the success of the company.

So why don’t all leaders invest in their people all the time?

The answer to that question came in what each responder said next: It’s not easy.

Here are a few paraphrases:

– Demands on company performance have increased; nothing less than excellence is sufficient.

– This only works if you have a knowledgeable and engaged guide to direct your travel down the path.

– This isn’t a gimmick.  Your employees must feel that you truly believe in helping them grow and develop their skills.

It’s all about the sincerity of the leader

George Burns once said, “The secret of acting is sincerity. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”

All kidding aside, you can’t fake this one.  Investing in each employee’s growth to achieve sustained success for the company is a long term venture.

Balancing the success of your company and your pepple means sincerely committing to your people’s success so they will commit to the success of the company.

2 Responses to The Balancing Act of Success – Part 2
  1. Carl Sapp

    This is a great concept, developing the leaders within and helping them reach their potential, will be a win-win for an organization. Currently our company is taking time to invest in its employees and teach them leadership principles that aren’t always about the bottom dollar. The beauty of it is, investing in others who are a part of an organizations team, will cause growth for the company. It is just as important to raise up people who know how to lead others and know how to grow personally, as it is to make sure profits are on the rise.

    • admin

      Thanks Carl. I can’t wait to hear about the results. I know they will be great.