“Was there ever such an employer.” (Scrooge – Charles Dickens)
There are many traditions associated with this time of the year. One of the time honored traditions is the re-reading of the classic novel Scrooge written by Charles Dickens and certainly if not reading the novel watching a movie based on this immortal story. This classic transformational change in a miserly man’s heart captures the essence of the reformation that can occur not only during this special time of the year, but experienced throughout the year.
However, it is important to note that not only is this a heart warming and inspirational story, but it reflects the basics of being a good business person.
Allow me to explain as we join hands with Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghost of Christmas past and we travel backwards in time to the warehouse business owned by the businessman Fezziwig.
As the scene unfolds we are treated to a festive scene held on a Christmas Eve past. In this scene the employees are dancing and having fun along with their boss and his wife Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig.
From this important fictional scene in this Christmas classic, let us draw three business traits of an effective leader in today’s business climate.
First of all, the owner of the business, Fezziwig, was at a party with his employees. This does not mean that our business environment is all fun and games or that we need to, as business leaders, throw parties for our employees. It does mean, however, that Fezziwig valued his employees and that this festive Christmas Eve party was a mirror reflection of the way that he treated his employees all year long.
Secondly, it is important to note the high esteem in which Scrooge held his boss and mentor. We as leaders are mentors and teachers. Our actions and reactions are always being observed and whether the leadership program is intentional or unintentional, we as leaders are always being scrutinized.
And, as a leader, Fezziwig was successful. Not only in business matters, but in the mentoring process as Scrooge himself became a successful businessman in business matters. However, Scrooge failed to remember the primary business leadership lesson. That failed lesson being to build, honor and incorporate the value of team.
Thirdly, in the book Scrooge by Charles Dickinson there is this quote. It reads, “It isn’t that, said Scrooge, heated by the remark, and speaking like his former, not his latter self, “it isn’t that, spirit. He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light of burdensome; a pleasure or a toil. Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant it is impossible to add and count ’em up: what then? The happiness he gives us is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.”
From this quote reflecting the influence that Fezziwig had on his employees, it is important to note the power of leadership.
It is a fact that everyone needs to work in order to make a living and provide the basic necessities for themselves and their family. Consequently, the workplace environment and the value of the employees teaming together to achieve the business goals can not be underestimated.
Therefore, it is important that leadership understand this powerful effect that they can have on the workplace environment and consequently their employees and provide the ultimate working environment. This will not only enhance the lives of the team members, but empower them to meld together for the achievement of the company’s vision and contribute to the success of the business in meeting the goals of the operation.
At With Purpose, we are committed to help your leadership and team take on the Fezziwig affect in your business. Through analysis, education, encouragement and empowerment we will come alongside and work together so that the full potential of your business will be realized.
Reach out to us today through www.withpurposellc.com or call us at (480) 280-6505 to enhance or begin your “Fezziwig” journey forward.