June 29, 2006
News & Opinion: What you learned early on matters.
Probably the most important factor for the success effect has nothing to do with business and everything to do with business. I think it all starts in the crib. Loving parents in a stable household creates people who tend to be nurturers. Ask Kenneth W. Lowe or basket mogul Tami Longaberger about their favorite meals and theyll answer their mothers fried chicken. Longaberger and Lowe are not being cloying in their answers but instead offer an honest window into what makes them tick. People who were loved and nurtured at an early age in turn develop loving and nurturing capabilities among people or employees within an organization. Those traits will then be directed by the employees and managers toward their job, clients, and back to the company. Deepak Chopra insists that investor, client, and employee satisfaction are irrevocably linked. But that unless your employees have cause to care, that is, are happy and willing to do a good job, revenues and profits will assuredly suffer. By nurturing and showing concern for people in a company, an executive is practicing what he was taught at a very early age and those are usually lessons he or she learned from a parent.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.