A reader once posted this comment on my website:
“Being an employee of several different companies, I can honestly say that I’ve felt like nothing more than a line item on a spreadsheet somewhere that an accountant is desperately trying to eliminate.”
Unfortunately, this is a very common feeling among employees.
But have you ever considered the problem might arise from the way accounting is done?
Think about it…
By accounting rules, personnel expense is one of the highest costs a company incurs. Many managers read this on the P&L each month and conclude it’s a problem. And by extension, that people are a problem. They see people as a hard cost they seek to reduce.
Great leaders have a different take.
They understand employees are actually assets with real future value. Properly motivated, your people will grow sales, satisfy customers, improve processes, innovate products and do countless other things that add to both top and bottom-line numbers.Properly motivated, your people will grow sales, satisfy customers, improve processes, innovate products and do countless other things that add to both top and bottom-line numbers. Click To Tweet
It’s a simple mindset shift.
But one that creates many possibilities.
Part of the problem lies with business schools. Most graduate and undergraduate students take plenty of accounting courses but attend maybe only one or two presentations on leadership. We’re sending young managers into the workplace with a belief that numbers are more important than people.
If it were up to me, we wouldn’t have MBA’s.
We’d have MPA’s: Masters in people administration.
At the end of the day, what’s in a spreadsheet tells only a small part of the story. Revenues, profits, and indeed anything else a company accomplishes happen as a result of activities conducted by its employees.
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This offer expires on December 27, 2019 at 12 PM.