Earlier this month I attended the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business National Summit in Washington D.C. For those who have not heard about the GS 10KSB program, it was established to help small businesses grow since they employ more than 60% of the workforce in the country and create jobs. I am an honored alumni of this valuable program.
At this premier event, we were afforded the special opportunity to hear from prestigious speakers such as Sir Richard Branson, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, Susan Blakely, Lloyd Blankfein, Jo Malone, Lisa Price, Danny Meyer, and Tyler Perry. There were also an array of other noted CEO’s and congressman on stage sharing their wisdoms and methodologies in business. There was one glaring topic each speaker brought up: “The importance of their organization’s people and the challenges of hiring right”.
In particular, I was impressed with what Tyler Perry said when the topic of employees was raised as he described what he uses as his test/guide. It’s called his “tree analogy” and helps in his management style and when assessing staff. In my close to three decades worth of experience, I’ve never heard of a “tree analogy”. He said that he thinks of employees like parts of a tree. I was so impressed by that I’ve decided to share his thoughts.