Are you growing your team? Or are they throw away?

By Bill Murray

January 25, 2019

When did many leaders stop caring about the growth of their people?

I can remember my first real job (after cutting lawns, selling shirts, fundraising for school, and delivering newspapers) at McDonalds. At 15 I wanted to work there so bad (I think minimum wage was $2.30) and my manager cared so much about developing us as people. Making us better not only in daily goal attainment of hitting our store numbers but in how we treated each other, our customers, our work space, and ourselves.

This obsession with growing, learning, becoming better, and doing everything personally and professionally better was introduced at a young working age and I carried it into every role I had no matter where in the organization I was at the time. I loved the daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals, the constant desire and drive to surpass financial expectations. The fun in wowing our customers, members, clients, and the team.

I have always loved developing people and businesses and I have been at it for over 3 decades and absolutely love getting results and seeing people change. It seems I met a lot of like-minded individuals along the way in those first 25 years.

It seems the last few years I have also met so many people that make the following statements:

“$10 an hour employees are part of the revolving door and I am not investing in them.”

“The minimum wage worker today is not worth the investment.”

“No one we hire cares about working, all they care about is their phone.”

“I am not investing in them they will not be here more than 3 months.”

These types of responses concern me because as business owners, and leaders we should be looking to help people develop and become more in their lives regardless of how long they will be with us. We should have the onboarding and continuous development to help them grow professionally.  And if we hire people that do not care about our business and/or their personal growth it is our fault for hiring them in the first place. It sucks to hear many people talk about a $10/hour employee as throw away help.

  • Do you develop all people in all levels of your organization?
  • What do you do to continuously grow and develop?
  • What do you do to help others grow and develop?
  • How do you stay ahead of your industry in your learning and development?

I love this quote because it hits right on the head of a basic truth:

“In this world you’re either growing or you’re dying so get in motion and grow.”

―  Lou Holtz

Why don’t we all grow and help those around us to grow as well? What do you think?