Remove Cancer Before It Spreads Throughout Your Team

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By: Adam Gomez

August 14, 2018

By: Adam Gomez

Is having a great culture important to your business?

Then you’ve got to hire good people, right?

It seems so simple!

While we all understand the importance of hiring the right people, we often overlook it when the wrong people are already working within the organization. Consider the “pot-stirrer” who only identifies problems within the company but isn’t interested in offering solutions. And you can bet that when a solution is identified, it’s never gonna be a good one in their view! And they will have zero problems openly communicating that to the rest of your team.

Many leaders find themselves in this uncomfortable position. How will they approach this situation when the employee is a key player in other areas? A “rockstar” or a “top producer”?

If you’re a leader and you find yourself in this situation, you are not alone. It’s a tall order to rock the boat or potentially cut ties with one of your most productive members of the team. Especially if you’re a small- or medium-sized firm. After all, you’ve got bills to pay, right?

But how much is holding on to these troubled employees costing your business?

When you set out to construct or develop a company, a product, or a building for that matter, what’s the most important consideration in the design phase?

Yep, the foundation.

The foundation of your business is formed by the people who work within it. If the foundation is not solid, anything you place on top of it will be unstable. It’s like constructing a building on top of quicksand. You may have the most beautifully-designed building ever in the history of buildings, but it’s going to come crashing down if it’s not built on solid ground.

I’ve yet to meet a leader who doesn’t care about the culture within their organization. In fact, it’s one of the first things many of them talk about.

Organizational culture is defined by the first employee you hire and shaped by each employee thereafter. It is the collective attitude of the team you’ve assembled. And make no mistake, there is nothing more important to your future success than getting it right.

So take a step back and make the decision you need to make. But remember, you’re only as good as your foundation. Are you building on solid ground? Sometimes in life and in business, you’ve got to let go if you want to grow. For more on this topic, check out Shari’s article, ‘Addition by Subtraction’:

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