by Our Managing Partner, RS Hunter Limited, December 10, 2015
The purpose of all we do is somewhat similar to a cooking recipe and the final result depends largely on the various ingredients, the timing and the measure.
Having worked for a number of organisations and then being involved in starting up a business, the importance of getting things right has become clearer over the years. As a candidate looking for work, an employee or a business owner, I have found that the key ingredients for success (the required combination of things) are actually quite similar.
- Appearance – How do we appear as an applicant, an employee or as a business to those we want to be attractive to (the customers, employers, managers whom we hope will pay, employ or reward us)?
- Quality – What are the standards we commit to?
- Values – What do we stand for and how clearly does it show in the way we go about our business?
- Time – How do we view time and timeliness as an ingredient for success?
All new businesses are established with the aim of being profitable, this always means there is a huge focus on bottom-line performance of the organisation:
- What sort of revenues can we generate?
- How do we keep our costs low?
- What will be our ‘go-to-market’ strategy?
- Who are the best people to take us there?
Likewise, as HR people, we may also be guilty of ignoring the rules for getting the best results with the ingredients we have. We strive to hire the best people; competent, passionate, professional, loyal and so on, but sometimes we forget the combination requirements for getting the best experience from those we attract.
To get the best out of our people (and in turn business success), we could look at these three ingredients for our workplace culture:
- Fun – Keeps people passionate, motivated, and interested.
- Focus – Keeps the end in mind, consistently reminding us of the values that are important to our success and our objectives.
- Fastidiousness – A culture that’s doesn’t forget the little details, keeps the facts in perspective, that pays attention to the little things that keep the people ticking.
Here’s food for thought…
How do vision, values and business performance relate to each other? What are we communicating and what are we actually doing? What do people see? Can we be leaders if all we do is follow?
We sometimes need to create our own recipes to shape our reality and find the best combination that will achieve our bottom-line objectives, like salt and pepper there are some constants. Putting things together in the right proportions will result in an outstanding performance that will exceed expectations which will in turn lead to an increase in profitability – the result of a winning business recipe.
The Perception: We need a lucky break, a series of things have to come together for us to have a breakthrough.
The Reality: Whilst having all the ingredients may lead you on the path to success, the path is often paved with obstacles and only the brave, the patient and the persistent actually achieve success.
The Combination: The right amount of experience, talent and ambition, a well-planned business strategy (value, people, profit) we will set you on the right path.