Big Picture

Big Picture


Teachable Moment: Define the external elements that influence your company and how it makes decisions.

The Problem

How many of your employees truly understand how your company operates?

Many get frustrated when their careers stall and opportunities start to dwindle.

They might even blame you as their leader for not supporting their growth and making an exception when it comes to them.

And while these types of situations are inevitable, they can go a lot smoother when everyone involved understands how your organization works.

Because most of the time, there are factors at play that neither you nor your employees can control.

The Solution

It’s time to start level-setting some limitations and defining what influences the decision-making process at your company.

Make sure everyone on your team understands the following:

  • What industry are they in?
  • How do they make money?
  • What is their product?
  • Who are the customers?
  • How are they different than competitors?
  • How does the larger market (economy) impact operations?

Don’t let your team get so hyper-focused on their role and function that they ignore big-picture items.

These elements impact promotions and pay all the way to the types of projects your team members will work on.

When they’re tuned in and understand the parameters, it helps them understand the decisions that influence their work.

And worst case scenario?

It gives them a clear sight to determine if it’s time to seek opportunities that align with their interests elsewhere.