As Flight Media is rounding it’s two-year anniversary (woo!), I’ve really taken some time to sit back and look at what we’ve accomplished over the last 2 years. [checklist]
- We’ve grown a group of the best readers on the planet.
- We’ve built a client-base of the coolest people ever.
[/checklist] But most importantly, we’ve cultivated a company worth working with and for. When I worked in the corporate world, I never felt part of a team or wanted to go to work. In fact, one of the reasons I started Flight Media was to build my own culture and not have to worry about crappy managers. Now, it’s one of my #1 goals to create an atmosphere, where people feel welcome to speak their mind. To make them proud to call themselves part of Flight Media. To give them the opportunity to love what they do.
Build A Winning Sled Team
Running a company is a lot like the famous Iditarod dog sled race, held in Alaska each year. The race is the longest dog sled race in the world, boasting 1,000 miles long in sub-freezing temperatures. It takes 8-10 days to complete and requires 16 sled dogs, all consuming 10,000-12,000 calories per day, each. The racers who win have one thing in common–they put their dogs first. Their dogs eat before they do and their dogs sleep before they do. If you want to reach your business goals and win, it’s absolutely vital to put your people first. If you don’t, moral will suffer, employee retention will dwindle, the business will plateau, and more importantly, clients will notice. It’s not difficult to spot unhappy employees in a company. If you don’t know what I mean, pick up the phone and call the closest pizza shop. Chances are, the person picking up will sound like Roz, from Monsters IncDon't lead from the back. Lead from the frontline.Click To Tweet Do it long enough and success is inevitable. Don’t do it and it may cost you everything.
Our 1st Company Vacation
This week was monumental for Flight Media. Our team and spouses took a weeklong vacation to a gorgeous beach home on Myrtle Beach to enjoy each other’s company and plan for larger business growth. (Below is my current view!) It’s now a company perk we intend to keep. And the perks are climbing.
Creating a successful company culture takes time. If it hasn’t been your focus from the beginning, it’ll be a 360-degree change for your current employees. Create a game plan of with a list of different company benefits to roll out over the next 12 months and do them, one at a time. You won’t regret it. ================ If you own a business, what are you doing to create a company worth working for? Leave it in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!