When I described our most recent restructuring plan to a friend – a seasoned and successful financial professional - he was certain we must have hired McKinsey & Co. to help us think things through. Wrong. It was Erika Andersen. Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group

Mar
7

Forbes.com Video about Growing Great Employees

Link: Forbes.com Video Network.

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Forbes with long-time Proteus client Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group. We talked about the book, and about how Danny has worked with us over the years to help them create a culture of good people management and great employees.

Danny is a gifted leader, in addition to being a lovely human being, and one of the things he and his team have done really well – he talks about this in the video – is to make explicit those characteristics that are most essential to the organization they’re trying to create. As Danny said, to get it out of his head and articulate it clearly, so that everyone is clear about what makes them who they are. He credits us with helping him see the importance of doing this; I credit him with truly understanding the importance, and then translating it into reality by building it into every aspect of his organization, from recruiting to hiring and training, to how they develop and promote their employees. You can find out more about how he does that in his book, Setting the Table.

In my next post, I’ll talk more about this idea of “core competencies,” and how you can use them to create the workgroup, department or organization you want.

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