Who Thought Inspiration Could Come From Yogurt?

My blog contribution today is going to be short and sweet … oh, so sweet!

bigstock--122613998There are many leaders who talk a good game and say they want to make a difference and have a positive impact on the people they lead. Last week I was totally inspired by one of those leaders, Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder and CEO of Chobani yogurt. He gave his 2,000 employees ownership stake in the company, which could be worth up to 10% of the company.

Why? Because he recognizes that much of his success comes from the great work his people do every day.

This is a leader who genuinely cares about his employees, is looking out for their best interests and recognizes them for their contribution by sharing in the fruits (aka, money) of their combined efforts.

While clearly most of us are not in a position to have this type of financial impact for those we lead, it speaks to how we should all acknowledge and appreciate others’ contributions.

When your people are successful, you, as the leader, are successful!

Questions to ponder:

  • How can I show those I lead my appreciation?
  • When can I show them that appreciation?
  • What can I do to ensure proper recognition for those making a contribution?
  • What do I do that inspires loyalty from others?

Do a quick self check-in and figure out what actions you are willing to take to make a difference in others’ lives.

“My dream, from day one, was to share our success with this entire family,” Ulukaya said in a recent letter to employees. “How we built this company matters to me, but how we grow it matters even more. I want you not only to be a part of this growth — I want you to be the driving force of it.”

I think there is no doubt that those employees will be supporting their CEO and the company for years to come!

Watch the magic as Ulukaya made his dream come true!

Martha Duesterhoft is a Partner with PeopleResults. Follow her on Twitter @mduesterhoft or connect via email at mduesterhoft@people-results.com.