Have Fun Storming the Castle!

Remember who you are and what you stand for and have fun “storming the castle.”
Thought leadership is all about understanding what has made you successful in the past, what is currently working for you now, and what new ideas have the potential to improve your business. It’s the process of becoming that “go-to” person in a field. Thought leadership means being at the forefront of the industry.

Avoid Being The Training Ground

One of the most iconic film sequences from the last century shows Rocky training for his fight with Apollo Creed. Some of Rocky’s training includes running past burning trash cans, punching the air while holding bricks, and hitting frozen pig carcasses in a walk-in freezer.  Finally, a chorus swells, and Rocky runs up the steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, making man’s most ancient, fake-it-till-you-make-it power pose, the “classic contrapposto”.

Similar to Rocky, your contingent workers learn and grow from the experience they receive in your warehouses or on your production line.  With an all-time-high national turnover rate, ensuring such experience stays in your warehouse is essential to remaining profitable.  One of the biggest issues facing companies that use outsourced labor is the problem of the “training ground.” It goes something like this…

They’re Not Temps, They’re Family

Legendary leadership coach Ken Blanchard claims that while “in the past a leader was a boss… today’s leaders must be partners with their people… they no longer can lead solely based on positional power.”

In order to be successful with a large contingent workforce, managers must be partners with their laborers, not bosses.

Turnover and retraining are expensive.  Your human capital is the most expensive machine on your floor.  Workers’ productivity can drastically change based on their emotional state.  They’re incredibly expensive to replace.