How do you develop, attract and keep high capacity, young leaders? In this episode, Carey interviews Sarah Piercy and Dillon Smith, two amazingly gifted young leaders he hired at ages 22 and 19 respectively.
They have an honest, candid and insightful dialogue on the highs and the lows of developing young leaders, what didn’t work, what did, what motivates young leaders and why both are still on the team when they have a lot of options to go elsewhere. If you want to attract and keep young leaders, this interview can help more than you think.
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3 Insights from Sarah and Dillon
1. Employees want to know their bosses care about them
So often in the workplace, we try and separate work life from personal life. But, let’s be honest, oftentimes we our personal life issues can seep into our work and affect productivity. We just can’t help it. But, there is freedom in knowing that we can talk about it, or mention it, appropriately. And, it’s comforting to know that our bosses care about us when we DO bring it up.
Sarah said to Carey, “I think for a while, I didn’t realize you actually wanted to know how I was doing. I don’t know how long it actually took me to realize that, but you just kept asking, ‘So, how are you doing? No, really, how are you doing?’ When you try to separate the two, or you feel like you have to hide or can’t talk about that, I just don’t think that’s as healthy or helpful.”
2. Actually following cultural values is motivating
Carey asks Sarah and Dillon, “What motivates you?” For Dillon, the answer was simple: “Our company values. Not just company values, because everyone has values, but whether we follow them or not. We actually do. We talk about them all the time.”
You can create company values and never follow them. But when you create values, and repeatedly talk about (and implement) them, then most often, your employees will be motivated and model them.
3. Freedom is the next generation’s new currency
Carey says, “Lead people the way they want to be led, and replace suspicion and misunderstanding with caring coaching. Those are some of the principles that I think are going to define the next generation workplace as you try to attract and keep high capacity leaders.”
What would happen if you gave your employees more freedom? For both Sarah and Dillon, freedom has resulted in increased productivity. They’ve been entrusted with stewarding their time wisely, are able to freely manage personal lives, but also know they’re responsible for doing their own work and meeting deadlines.
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John Ortberg has a brand new podcast, What Were You Thinking? Today, we flip the mic, and John interviews Carey Nieuwhof about workaholism, how to be appropriately vulnerable about your story, and finding God when things get tough in life and leadership.
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