I attended the Grand Ole Opry last night…..what an amazing Country Music tradition! I love that the Grand Ole Opry is actually a radio show. Now, in addition to having the radio station featured on the stage, it also includes #Opry. Times evolve but radio still rules in Nashville! They get great sponsors for their radio show. And, it worked as I went to Cracker Barrel this morning solely because the radio advertisements compelled me to give it a go. Country stars from YEARS ago are popular at the Grand Ole Opry, and they sing along with the newest performers. Where else can you go to see that?
Almost every business has some traditions. What are yours? You’d be surprised as to how appealing your traditions can be. Employees are attracted to traditions. In today’s war for talent (as I heard the Skills Gap referred to last week during a keynote), tradition can matter as attracting and retaining employees can put you ahead of the crowd. What are your traditions?
One tip to implement this week:
Do you know what your company’s traditions are? If not, find out. Ask long-term employees. Ask about stories from the old days. There must be something your company stands for. If not, create a tradition. Tie meaning into what you do. How do you create value for your customers? How do you make the world a better place? What is special about your culture?
If you are not in the position to create a tradition for the company, create one for your area or with the people you interact with on a daily basis. I’ve seen the lowest employees on the totem pole create tradition. What would pull people together? Put your creative juices to work and take a step out of your comfort zone to help create tradition. It is highly likely you’ll start enjoying your job just a little bit more!