As part of my role as Principal of Verbal+Visual, I have the important task of making sure everyone on the team brings their ‘A’ game to the table each and every day. Part of that is fostering an environment of learning and growth. There are a variety of ways that I do that, including monthly lunches with each employee, one monthly outing with the entire team, and feeling the pulse of the team to give them breaks or help them out as need be. All of those are great, however, in my opinion, the biggest way to foster an environment where people are continuously engaged, learning, and active participants in their own growth, is simply to give them a voice. Everyone here is treated as an equal, and with the ability to bring up their point of view and validate it with the thought process that went behind that point.
For our latest installment of the Learning and Leadership seminar, I found a TED video that spoke to the type of company I want to have, one where everyone has a say, and our work is the culmination of a sum of all parts instead of a dictatorship. Take a look below, and enjoy!