This post is the one I feel is the most important. This post is all about the leadership development of our team.
I always tell our team, I can teach you how to manage a home pretty quickly; what I’m unsure of is how long it will take me to teach you to be a leader. That is why at the first of the year, we decided to implement our first ever weekly leadership development meeting. It began with us simply just reading a book together. Our first book was Today Matters by John Maxwell. The reason we chose this book is because of something John actually says in the book, “The hardest person to lead is yourself.”
What our leadership development time together has turned into is something I would never have imagined. It is a way for our current leadership team to share real company issues with the people in the meeting and get their feedback on how they would handle it if they were the leader. Real-world situations that they will run into in the future when they are the leader somewhere.
This team has also done an awesome job of working ON the business. We learned this phrase from another book we read called E-Myth by Michael Gerber. The team is learning how to take a step back from their day-to-day role as a person working IN the business and evaluate how we can do things better here at evernest. We’ve made some real upgrades to the business through their ideas, which became projects.
We’ve devoured tons of books together too, as we’ve maintained the ongoing discipline of reading a book together. Some other books we’ve read and the lessons we’ve learned are below.
1. Traction by Gino Wickman – We currently run the Traction model within our organization. This is not so much about how we manage a home, but about how we manage the business.
2. Good to Great by Jim Collins – By far my favorite book, this book takes “great” companies and compares them to their counterparts who are “good”. The goal is to see what great does that average doesn’t and glean information about running our business from that new information. We’ve had some really fun discussions about what our Hedgehog Concept is. If you haven’t read the book, do yourself a favor.
3. Multipliers by Liz Wiseman – My favorite book of 2016. This book takes an in-depth look at what makes a great leader based on years and years of research in a ton of different companies. Liz did a great job of not just doing the research, but also painting a wonderful picture of what a real leader looks like.
I’m continually amazed at what the team has learned from the books we’ve read this year. I’m looking forward to seeing how much they grow the remainder of the year and all of next year. These are exciting times at evernest.
So this concludes my 3 part series. My goal in doing this? Simply to help you understand that you aren’t hiring us for the price (although we’ve got some pretty darn good ones). And, you aren’t hiring us for a slick sales presentation (although it is pretty slick). I hope you hire us for the people we work hard to hire.
Matthew is the CEO of Evernest. He is a student of the book Good to Great and is passionate about building the best property management company on the planet (and maybe even the universe if Elon Musk will hurry up). You can usually find Matthew at the baseball field with his son, at a dance recital with his daughter, or at his favorite restaurant with his wife, when he’s not in the office. And if you can’t find him in any of those places, it probably means he’s traveling.