Choosing to help your employees grow

Business On Purpose Conversations
Business On Purpose Conversations
Choosing to help your employees grow

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Everyone says employees are the lifeblood of your business.  If that’s true, how we help the people who work for us to hone their skills and develop their God-given talent is a life and death matter for our business.  In this episode Fenton Groen, President of Groen Construction, shares his experience from decades in business on how to invest in employees.  Fenton offers wisdom for business owners about how to acknowledge that your people are uniquely gifted and the people who work for your business are not interchangeable cogs in a machine.

Conversation Highlights:

-What’s a bigger risk: moving a valuable employee to a new position, or keeping them where they are for too long?

-Do you prioritize smooth operations over developing the God-given talents of employees?

-“If you try to hold some one back you have a very high chance of losing them, and then you have the worst of both worlds.” (5:06)

-Sometimes God orchestrates the development of talent in your business, DESPITE, your resistance to stretching yourself and your employees in new jobs.

-How does a 17-year-old with limited financial skills became an acting CFO after 8 years of on-the-job training?

-What if your employee doesn’t want to grow? (14:08)

-“It’s not my job as a business owner to compel my employees to grow into their God-given responsibilities.” (16:25)

-The task of a business owner & manager: weighing an employee’s “Ability, willingness & risk-taking quotient.”


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