In a growing business, there are always obstacles and challenges. Let’s face it, we universally use the words “growing pains” for a reason. However, when those tough moments get in the way of seeing the forest for the trees, remember that you, and only you, are accountable for owning your experience.
What do I mean? Simply stated, I’m talking about taking responsibility and taking initiative with your work and with your life. It’s asking, “what can I do, or what can we do differently that will fix this?” It encompasses going above and beyond what is asked of you, taking charge and being proactive about areas that need improvement. Whether that includes improving client partnerships, employee relationships or customer satisfaction, there is always room to grow.
It is critical to own your experience in all areas of life, not just at the workplace. And it speaks wonders of the person who can stand up and suggest a better way of doing things, business owner or not. It’s easy for someone to identify a problem and speak out “against it”, but it is a whole other matter entirely to say, “what can I contribute to make this better?”
At Far West Capital, one of our core values is Execution & Excellence. This means holding ourselves accountable to the highest standards and performing tasks without being asked to do so. While this is an inherent part of being a business owner, some of your employees may not realize the importance of going above and beyond what is asked of them, or may not know that they have that freedom. This is why it is important to encourage your staff to own their experience at work, speak up about things that they feel could be better, and make yourself available to listen and act accordingly. Fostering this kind of collaboration will help unleash your employee’s potential to the fullest.
Coming forth and sharing your ideas for a better way will help you to stand out as a leader and will help you to make your mark, but it is up to you to stand up and lead that discussion. In life, you get in what you put out. Make the effort and show others what you’re made of.
How are you owning your experience today?