Don’t Be A Jerk

Having lunch with a friend of mine the other day, we got to talking about The Great Resignation and what’s going to entice people to stay with a company.

We realized that right now, the bottom line is to simply not be a jerk. While research shows that people leave their jobs because of their manager, we’ve gotten to a point where it isn’t about being the optimum leader but simply not being a jerk.

It’s crazy that right now what it takes for someone to not quit is for you as a leader not to be a jerk. The bottom line is, we’re at the bottom. As long as you’re not a jerk, people are probably going to stay. That’s what it takes to survive. But imagine if you could actually thrive.

Each person contributes to the overall picture, and as a leader, it is your responsibility to steer your people towards specific mindsets and intentions. The “don’t be a jerk” mindset might be enough to get by, but it isn’t enough if you want your people and your business to thrive.

I live in this highly philosophical, wonderful world of optimistic leadership, where we always serve our highest good. And that’s what I want other people to be able to experience too.

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About Amy Lafko

As a Physical Therapist, Amy spent years in school learning best practices for patient care and how to put the patient first. Like so many technically skilled clinicians, she advanced to a leadership role. Spending 20+ years in operational leadership, she had an epiphany: Putting the customer first isn’t the path to success or fulfillment. Rather, the most successful organizations and practices put their people first – and exceptional customer care, profitability, and effectiveness naturally followed.