Invite Them to the Table

The Table - What happens around a Table? Many of us eat dinner around a table. What else do you do at the "dinner table?" Do you watch TV, have a conversation, look/respond to your cell phone, or does everyone eat by themselves? One of the richest times is when a meal is shared with others and there is conversation around the table. A table is a great opportunity to connect with others. This "Leadership Table" time of sitting with others and digging into leadership challenges can be extremely satisfying. The challenge is that it can become a complaint session.

Tim Elmore, founder and president of Growing Leaders makes these comments about culture in the workplace: The better the organizational culture, the less policies and corporate processes are required to enforce behavior. Examples given are Zappos, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Netflix. This statement works in reverse as well. The weaker the culture, the more leaders must rely on policies and procedures to make people behave a certain way. Let's look at the Chick-fil-A culture... When hiring, this company may have as many as 250 applicants. Compare CFA to other similar businesses - many are in the fast food business. CFA is in the people development business. CFA de