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Counter-Intuitive Thinking and Living

Counter-Intuitive Thinking and Living

Counter-intuitive thinking and living.  That is how great leaders must approach the world of work to build truly great companies with positive company cultures. A leader must sometimes work against the grain of prevalent culture to build a long-standing, profitable enterprise that benefits everyone; employees, leaders, shareholders and the community.

To change an organizational culture from negative to positive, or even from average to excellent, leaders will find the need to walk on the highway of counter-intuitive thinking and living while organizations zoom past you going the opposite direction.

The predictable way is not best for everyone. Our Wall Street business mindset has programmed leaders to win at all cost.  This monetary-based lifestyle is a short-term philosophy that carries a heavy human and societal toll.  Short-term thinking profits few but destroys organizations, employees and families.  Great leaders must think and act in the long-term so that decisions have a higher likelihood of benefiting all stakeholders.  Long-term living is counter-intuitive but the right thing to do.

Here are some counter-intuitive thoughts to consider in the world of positive people practices (P3):

  • 8 to 5 is an imaginary time boundary for time-sensitive freaks.
  • An employee can be extremely productive away from their cubicle – and here’s a wild thought – even at Starbucks.
  • Great human resource department recruits don’t come from other company HR departments.
  • The CEO, not HR, creates a great employee culture.
  • Human Resources should really care about humans and not treat them like a resource but as people.
  • Highly-valued jerk employees are not good for business. In fact, they cost an employer approximately $175,000 per year in lost productivity and turnover.
  • Jerk-Free Workplaces attract the best and brightest people.
  • Quiet, mild-mannered CEOs make better leaders than their Type A counterparts.
  • Great employees are not looking for a nice office or fabulous benefits, but a mission in life.
  • Technology should give employees freedom not shackle them to a company’s campus.

Question: What are some counter-intuitive thoughts you have about positive people practices (P3)?

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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.

1 Comment

  1. Guy Farmer 6 years ago

    Great ideas. It is a genuine challenge for many leaders and companies to shift from rewarding hyper-competitive, aggressive behavior to encouraging collaboration, kindness and empathy. The paradox is that kinder workplaces are not only better environments to work in for employees but also for the leaders who are fighting this kind of approach.

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