Great leaders know how to align the interests of their people with the interests of the business. This is an absolute must. When you don’t have the right people in the right place, you can’t attract core energy that is invested into what you’re trying to accomplish.

It becomes very difficult to get things done, because their passion, their joy, is not aligned with the function. Jim Collins talks about this in the “Hedgehog Concept”. The number one thing he identified that separated companies struggling or failing, for companies that were doing amazing, was how much passion the people had for what they did. When you have an organization that doesn’t align your people’s passion with the functions of the organization, then it becomes a struggle. 

Now, how do you do that? You have to spend time with each person working for you.

Ask yourself a simple question. Gallup poll says they surveyed 100 million Americans and out of 100 million, 70 million said they’re disengaged or actively disengaged at work. So, if you have ten people working for you, seven of the ten have admitted they’re disengaged or actively disengaged at work. That leaves you three people to build a centered business with, that has expenses for ten. 

Now, does that mean you have the wrong ten people? Well, you might have a few that you probably should shake loose of, but generally speaking, you have the right people. They’re just not contributing in the right areas for your organization. When you can take the people who have been there and that are passionate about you and passionate about working with you, but they’re not finding the level of success they otherwise could have, it’s because you haven’t aligned the business interests with the passion and interest of the people who work for you. Therefore, everything seems to be harder.

Spent time talking to your people. Learn what they are passionate about and align that passion with the correct role in your organization.

Do you have the right people doing the right things that add the highest value to your organization?