Great Minds Think Alike!
Leslie Roark, president of PromoPros Inc., a distributor in Houston, Texas, believes in teaching her staff to be resourceful. She said by giving her employees more information on the underlying reasons and meaning to decisions, they become more empowered to make more decisions down the road. Leslie shares her thoughts on the PPAI Leadership Conference in this short video.
“A business depends on teaching people critical thinking skills,” explained Sydra Newell, vice president of sales for industry supplier SnugZ USA. “By explaining the WHY of the answers, people have the buy-in of the reasons behind why answers are what they are. This gives them the ability and information to learn to make their own decisions in the future.”
“I can’t provide the HOW of the future. But I can provide the WHY of decisions so that they learn and better understand,” she added. Sydra shares her thoughts on the PPAI Leadership Conference in this short video.
Acknowledge Differences: None of us are as good as all of us. This seemingly cliché saying can be another key to success in business. Leslie works with her husband Sean and other office staff. She describes her husband as having a high-level thought process, which is very helpful in the big picture of business. However, it also means he can lose sight of smaller details. “Part of his gift means it excludes some of the task oriented stuff on a day-to-day basis,” she said. Leslie, on the other hand, is much more task-oriented—interested in accountability, frustrated with time wasters. This is a good balance to her husband’s business strengths.
Leslie and Sean divide the tasks and responsibilities to play to their strengths. They look at what is needed to run a successful business and decide I’m better at this, you are better at that. As a result, they succeed by working together, not against one other.