Scott & Julie Brusaw of Sandpoint, Idaho want to make the world a better place. Scott is now using all of the training he had received to make this a reality. He first got a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. In his first job he was the only engineer in the company so had to learn to do everything on his own – hardware, firmware, software …. In this company he eventually became the Director of Research & Development (also served on the Board of Directors), he gained valuable experience in in just about every aspect of electrical engineering: embedded systems (microprocessors), digital and analog systems, solar energy, wireless communications, power supplies, local area networks, user interface software, etc. In 1994, Scott received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton, Ohio and learnt about Solar Roadways technology. He also served as a memberof NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association), writing specifications for the future of computer controlled television systems for hospitals. Scott has also been involved with teaching electronics and microprocessors at ITT Technical College in Spokane Valley. He then built a state-of-the-art electronics laboratory on his property in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Like Scott you need to make sure you are equipped and trained to be the best you can be in the field you select in which to serve God and your community.
1. Offering No Reward System Or Praise For Employees
Worthy employees follow orders and work hard every single day. Nothing will demotivate them more than when their good work is not recognized or rewarded. Leaders must recognize the effort employees put into their work and show appropriate appreciation. A reward system not only improves the morale and loyalty but also the performance and productivity of team members.
2. Punishing Employees On Good Performance
The biggest mistake any leader can make is using the guise of promotion or advancement to increase an employees work load without offering any financial compensation. This is not the right way to treat your most loyal and productive employees. As well, a good leader will address the longer hours or excess workload and help their employees manage it better
3. Lacking In Communication
Stay up-to-date with all the latest information and developments. Learn the skill of communication, and be the first to inform your team members regarding things that may help them improve and perform better.
4. Becoming Too Much Of A Friend
Employees desire to have leaders that they get along well with, but being too friendly may put a leader in an awkward position when it comes to taking tough decisions. Do not allow people to take advantage of how nice you are to them. Maintain a good balance between being their boss and their friend.
5. Not Embracing Change
Another mistake is to think that you can control how all things happen in the organization. Sometimes it is beyond anybody’s control to stop a change. A leader needs to go with the flow in such situations, and use the change to the company’s best advantage.
6. Making Hasty Decisions With Recruitment
When you need more manpower to handle a huge workload, it is still essential, you carefully manage staff selection. Better to employ temporary staff to cope with the immediate problem until you have assessed long term personnel requirements. It is costly to employ and train full time staff members. Will they be an asset to the company and a good fit with the existing team? Take the time needed to select a candidate that has the best qualifications for the position and right temperament for your organization.
7. Not Being Clear Regarding the Organization’s Goals
Job descriptions must be precise. Employees must know their job function and to whom they are responsible for their work output. They need to feel part of the team and know the company’s mission and goals. Regular work reviews are mandatory at which good work is commended but also unsatisfactory work addressed.
8. Copying Others Instead Of Being Original
Leaders need to be authentic. Don’t try to copy others. Sure adopt good techniques and strategies you have observed others use but adapt them to your unique business situation. Learn from others but find your unique voice.
“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.” – Ralph Lauren.