“Who got caught being awesome?” That’s the question Adam Pedowitz, CEO of Austin, Texas-based training and consultancy Charfen, asks his employees every morning at 9:00 a.m., during their daily huddle.
Pedowitz started this tradition because he recognized that as happens at other rapidly growing companies, his employees weren’t being properly recognized for their achievements and hard work. Rather than sit back and wait for the problem to resolve itself, he and his team moved to make sure that every “awesome” employee felt appreciated.
“This allows everyone, from executives to first-time employees, to publicly call out individuals for exceptional service, delivery or mentorship,” Pedowitz told me. “Making this a daily occurrence puts our team in a service mentality, shifting their mindset to think positively about how we interact with each other, our partners and our clients.”
To shape happy workplaces, company leaders like Pedowitz believe their daily culture should reflect the positive efforts employees make every day. In return, those employees become motivated, engaged and productive.
Need more ideas to perfect your company culture? Here are five other ways to become part of the best leaders that most of the employees admire:
“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” – Ken Kesey
Whereas vision is a clear idea of where you’re going, a sense of purpose refers to an understanding of why you’re going there. Employees like to feel like they’re part of something bigger than themselves. Best leaders give people that feeling, by having a clear sense of purpose.
Becoming one of the best leaders doesn’t mean that you have to incorporate everything at once. Focus on one or two at a time; each incremental improvement will make you more and more.