Are the people you see motivated?
Do they appear happy, enthusiastic, having fun, and glad to be there?
Is there a sense of a shared mission, purpose, and team spirit?
Or, is everyone just filling out forms, moving widgets, packing, unpacking, answering the phone, and such, while keeping one eye on the clock for that next break, or better yet, quitting time, just doing their jobs?
Do they appear Gung Ho!, or Ho Hum?
The term “Gung Ho!” as applied to management principles for turning on the people in any organization, springs from a book with that title, by Ken Blanchard, and Sheldon Bowles. I can highly recommend it.
Though I can’t take credit for having rooted up this proverbial acorn on my own. It came up in a conversation with my good friend Rod Schutt, when talking about different management styles, and how they apply to managing an industry leader like Widex, through the crossroads our industry finds itself at.
The simple teachings of the ways of the squirrel, beaver, and goose, illustrate well a management style, that when applied consistently, with commitment, and purpose, imbue any organization with a ‘Gung Ho!” spirit that shows in everything they do.
That spirit comes when the folks who work for the organization, however large, or small, understand the importance, and value of the work that they perform, and how it fits into both their, and the organization's goals.
It builds, as each employee is allowed to contribute in their own individual ways, without being micro-managed.
It moves everyone, and the organization forward, when everyone’s contribution, is rewarded both with adequate compensation, and recognition for their contributions to the achievements needed to reach the shared goals of the organization.
The “Gung Ho!” spirit was very much in evidence when I visited the Siemens Hearing HQ, a couple of weeks back. The evidence was everywhere, from the front desk, throughout the entire operation.
Evidence of internal recognition, worth, and value was present not just in the overall mood, but expressed visibly, by the gold, and silver mylar helium balloons that floated over workstations throughout the plant. Their way of recognizing other, internal team players for exceptional contributions to the shared goals.
Scott Davis’s version, of Gung Ho!, his “All In!” program has had a remarkable effect upon that company. That spirit, the “All In!”, “Gung Ho!” attitude make the difference in how entire enterprises evolve, grow, or wither in the face of change, and challenge.
Thanks again Rod, for pointing out this acorn. Sharing it, and your ideas, serves the mission, and demonstrates how both Widex, and Siemens hearing, are well placed, and led, to act upon the opportunities being presented by all of the challenging changes to our market, products, and consumers’ expectations being faced today.
I would highly recommend “Gung Ho!” to any practice that’s feeling even a bit Ho Hum.
Who knows, you just might learn that my daddy was right when he advised, “Son, it’s what you learn, after you know it all, that counts!”
Be well, prosperous, happy, and help someone with the blessing of better hearing, it changes lives.