Top Workplaces - Page 35 - Winner Midsize Business Leader - Thomas Kane

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Winner Midsize Business Leader - Thomas Kane

and you are building a consistent culture.

 

What advice would you give to someone starting out in leadership?

 

We start communicating our culture day one, right at our new-hire orientation. Even though we employ over 400 people nationwide, I still attend that meeting and deliver the culture message along with our director of human capital. We believe it is so important to start the communication, open dialogue and transparency as soon as possible.

 

I also really try to listen more and more as I take on more responsibility. In the earlier part of my career I was an OK listener, but often times I would interrupt. Not because I didn’t value that person’s opinion or perspective, but because I had something to say. Now I try to let my people fully go through their thought processes before I speak, I’m not always successful because I have a lot on my mind, but I am getting better!

 

Our success is due to our awesome executive team, not one person. Build a great team that believes in your vision and do not hesitate to let people go who are not contributing. Your A players do not want to work with C players.

 

My last bit of advice is that out of all of the leadership books I have read, “The Leadership Challenge” by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, really fits my style and had a lot of advice that resonated with me. I re-read it every few years.