Which one are you? Which word best describes your company?
You have the power to choose.
Listening intently to a senior leader’s recent words while presenting a company’s standard recognition presentation for a significant corporate milestone celebration, the words of “Congratulations on your many years of service! You can now pick out your lawnmower from the gift catalogue” were spoken.
In this moment of honor and praise, the “lawnmower” comment “clipped and cut” the celebration and the honored celebrant. Is that all there is? A lawnmower for many years of service and dedication?
While certainly not intended, these simple words immediately diminished the hard work, planning and coordination of the corporate recognition and rewards team, in addition to, dampening the spirit of this special occasion. In every presentation – and in all interactions with others – are we encouraging and supportive <providing a green light of praise or a “thumbs up” for positive growth> or are we unaware and thoughtless with our words <clipping conversations unnecessarily, cutting recognition presentations due to time, mowing down the competition to get ahead, etc.?>
Words and actions are powerful, and while often unintended to be harmful and hurtful, in our world of social media and immediate access, thoughtless words can sting, hurt and can cause significant damage as seen with the recent Abercrombie & Fitch controversy.
Creating positive corporate cultures and establishing robust, human capital investments that are innovative, visionary and purposeful are essential to competing in today’s global economy and attracting talent. Creating and designing sustainable recognition + rewards programs are one component, complimented by core values, leadership alignment and a strong, inspirational culture.
Experts, practitioners and companies that value this work, and who desire to make an impact and difference in this arena, are leading the charge as noted by John G. Blumberg, Dina Dwyer-Owens and The Huestudio + Company, LLC.
John G. Blumberg, a Preferred Partner of The Huestudio + Company, LLC, has authored Good to the Core – Building Value with Values. This is a “must read” for anyone who desires to examine their values, both personally, professionally and organizationally. John’s message is powerful and inspires many corporations, organizations and groups to examine their current structures and create values-based actions, initiatives and programs. Currently working on his latest book, we will proudly feature the release, once completed.
Dina Dwyer-Owens, Chairwoman & CEO of The Dwyer Group® recently went “undercover” in her company as “Faith Brown” on the hit CBS show, Undercover Boss. This was an amazing episode of faith, belief, trust and paying it forward.
Similar to other well run and professionally executed companies, The Dwyer Group® has an official mission statement and vision, but also crafted a Code of Values that each co-worker is urged to know and follow by heart and with heart. Powerful, at best! In fact, any meeting of three or more employees of The Dwyer Group® begins with reciting the Code of Values. All fifteen values are impressive and add to creating a robust and solid corporate culture.
Dina is continuing to inspire with a special “Reveal Your Undercover Role Model” sweepstakes. Check it out for a chance at $3000 and watch a special episode called “Undercover Boss: Epic Bosses” tomorrow, May 17 at 8/7c for the season finale. We salute Dina as a true “Green Thumb” role model for cultivating a corporate culture of authentic praise, care and recognition.
“Culture sustains employee enthusiasm” as noted in the recent Kissmetrics.com blog post of “The 4 Elements That Make Great Company Culture”.
The Huestudio + Company, LLC values positive working environments and regularly consults with corporations and companies that desire to create a positive corporate culture. We recently created our Random Acts of Color initiative to encourage others to make their communities, corporations, cities and our world more colorful. Soon-to-launch colorful products in our online store will proudly support select not-for-profit organizations that make a difference.
To celebrate your “green thumb”, we encourage you to plant a colorful garden, volunteer, celebrate diversity, paint a school and share your Random Acts of Color actions by posting to our Facebook page, Twitter or uploading a video to YouTube with The Huestudio + Company | Random Acts of Color as the tag.
Random Acts of Color also complements our unique and innovative Palettes of Recognition™ corporate recognition + rewards training experience. This creative program can be tailored and customized to align to any corporate mission, vision and core values. For more information on this transformational training experience, contact email@example.com or call 888.399.9550
So, today, which one are you – or – who do you desire to be? A green thumb or a lawnmower?
You have the power to choose.
“Hold your head up. Take an unplanned road trip. Be thankful. Try everything once. Color outside the lines. Fall in love. Embrace change. Trust in yourself. Do what you love. Dance when everyone is looking. Eat dessert first. Be nice to everyone. Engage in Random Acts of Colors. Send thank you cards. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Play in the rain. Break the rules once in while. Practice random acts of kindness. Forgive even when its hard. Make time for family. Don’t count the minutes count the laughs. Live life!”
Photography Credits: Man mowing lawn | © iStockphoto.com/Pgiam; Tree in palm of hand | © iStockphoto.com/panorios; Good to the Core book cover | © Keynote Concepts, Inc.; Golden egg | © iStockphoto.com/sylvios; Exotic Mexican Tree © rifeponcephotography.com; Random Acts of Color © The Huestudio + Company, LLC.