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Comparison and copying is not a strategy

Comparison and copying is not a strategy

Comparison is a nasty habit to begin. We can get caught up in comparing our stuff to other people’s stuff. What kind of stuff do we use for comparison? Here is a list that came to my mind:

  • Size and quality of our house
  • Gated neighborhoods
  • How nicely our houses are furnished/decorated
  • Cars
  • Clothing, fashion, brands
  • Neighbor’s lawn and landscaping
  • A friend’s successful career
  • Friends who are able to retire in their 40’s and 50’s
  • Universities our children attend
  • Luxurious vacations

Comparison can be a destructive disease that grows inside a company as well.  A CEO who wants to build a great company culture by merely copying the practices of another successful company will likely not experience the same results.  Great company cultures are developed by identifying and communicating an organization’s own good qualities.  Just like every person has a different personality, every company will have a different personality.

If you are on the road to building a great workplace, don’t just simply copy what the Fortune 100 Great Places to Work companies are doing.  Be original. Research what they are doing that is successful and determine how those same principles may apply to your own organization.  Don’t merely copy; uniquely create your one-of-a-kind great place to work. You will find this approach works much better.

Kevin Kennemer is founder of The People Group based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kevin is driven by his passion for company owners and their need to earn a profit, employees' desire for a positive and fulfilling work experience, and the community that benefits when both groups do well.

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