Your business is a living organism, much like a tree. Consider your organizational chart. Does it look like a pyramid, with the boss on top and the worker-bees on the bottom? Or like a tree with the boss being the trunk and the leaves doing the work and serving the customer? Your organizational structure speaks volumes, especially to those who work for you!
On a tree, the leaves carry out the main tasks as they convert light into energy. Leaves are like your front line staff. To do their best work, they need two things – support and nourishment.
Develop your organizational chart in the form of a tree so you can grow.
Leaves need support from the trunk and branches to get up to the sun light. The middle-manager branches must hold them up. And you – the trunk, have to support the entire structure. The leaves need a solid foundation so they can focus on their jobs. You create the roots in your business by continually modeling your values and mission. You make sure your people have the support they need and are in a position to do excellent work, and grow your organization.
Leaves also need nourishment, and the trunk and branches provide the conduit for nutrients. As a good leader, your organizational structure should provide a steady stream of nourishment to your staff in the form of information, training, appreciation, and encouragement. Happy, healthy employees work better than ones left to wither.
Your organizational chart should enable growth in your business. As the leader, your role is support and nourishment, to the branches and ultimately the leaves. And you have to keep it flowing. Do so, and your organization will flourish!