I was reading an article today on SmartBrief.com. In the article, “Don’t assume that somebody else has it all figured out,” Elliot Begoun interviews Mark Jansen, CEO of Blue Diamond Growers. I would encourage you to read the article by clicking HERE.

During the interview, Jansen shares some insightful thoughts on leadership. The end of the article closes by sharing the importance of the people in an organization: “As we concluded, we circled back to people. It’s obvious that for Mark [Jansen] there is nothing more vital. We talked about how that regardless of whether you are trying to motivate millennials or 60-year-olds, that “there are some fundamental truths. People want to be respected, they want to make a difference, and they want to give their best.”

We should be using those truths every day! We need to treat everyone in our organization with respect. Regarding new employees, it might be easy to take jabs at newbies with the ink still wet on their A&P certificates. Instead, we should focus on mentoring them by sharing our knowledge and expertise to they can get a positive start in our profession. Let them know that they make a difference. Let them grow as professionals by giving them tasks of ever-increasing responsibility. With the exception of a bad apple here and there, this attitude creates engaged employees who will give their best every day at work, making our organizations the best they can be!

Thanks for reading!


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