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Field house janitor gets National Championship ring

March 18th, 2013 // Tom Doescher //

In our March 29, 2012, newsletter, we promised to tell another Coach Tom Izzo story. As promised, here it is. There was a janitor who allowed the MSU basketball players to shoot hoops in the field house after the normal hours of operation, as a favor for the coach. Turns out the janitor would also let the coach know which players were actually investing their personal time this way. When the Spartans won the National Championship, Coach Izzo, with a huge smile, said he gave the first championship ring to this janitor. Now, just think about the positive consequences of this classy move by the coach.

We probably all have janitors (or seemingly less-important team members) in our companies. Do we take the time to appropriately recognize them?

Do you have a system to get input from younger associates?

March 4th, 2013 // Tom Doescher //

Recently we had the privilege of hearing Angela Ahrendts, CEO, speak about the transformation of the 150-year-old British icon Burberry. According to Ahrendts, an important contributor to the company’s success was the off-site meetings she conducted with the youngest and brightest Burberry associates. As we listened we were reminded of Apple’s “Top 100” retreats, conducted by Steve Jobs, and the “ranks off” meetings suggested by technology consultant Scott Klososky.

If you have a way of getting uncensored feedback from your younger team members, I would love to hear about it. If not, I would highly encourage following the lead of Ahrendts, Jobs, and Klososky in developing a similar process that will fit in with the character and culture of your company.

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