Unlocking Business Growth and Building Stronger Teams

Katy Stuck

Welcome to another episode of The RVA Small Business Show with your host Cory Mosley. In today’s segment, we are joined by Katy Stuck, CEO & Founder, Shine Strategies LLC.

Shine Strategies LLC, is a boutique coaching and consulting firm for organizational and leadership development.

Culture is really about how things are done in a company. So you’re looking at how decisions are made, policies and procedures you put in place, how you onboard people, how you make sure people are all included. -Katy Stuck

Creating a Feedback-Friendly Environment

Gone are the days of suggestion boxes collecting dust in the corner. Today’s employees crave open communication and the assurance that their voices are heard and valued. A culture of feedback is a culture of growth. When employees stop engaging and sharing their thoughts, it’s a tell-tale sign of deeper issues within the company.

Katt advises fostering “a culture where it’s safe to speak up, where you have that opportunity to speak up and then they feel like it’s worth it to speak up.”

The Budget Conundrum: Investing in Your People

One of the common objections to leadership and cultural development is the perceived lack of time and budget. But consider this: companies that invest in these areas are often 13 times more competitive and innovative than their competitors.

The question isn’t whether you can afford to invest in these areas. The real question is, can you afford not to? As Katy puts it, “You’re either paying for it on the front end or the back end.”

Being Coachable: The Leader’s Ego vs. Growth

One of the biggest hurdles in leadership development is ego. Leaders must be open to change and growth, and sometimes that means checking their ego at the door. Building self-awareness is the first step toward being coachable. As Katy says, “The greatest variance in employee engagement is 70% attributable to the manager.”

Creating a culture that promotes growth, feedback, and inclusion isn’t just good for your employees; it’s essential for your business’s bottom line. By focusing on intentional cultural development and leadership growth, you’ll set your organization on a path to long-term success.

Key Takeaways

  1. Culture is the foundation of your company, and it’s shaped by every decision and policy.
  2. Leadership development is not an option; it’s a necessity for a successful business.
  3. A feedback-friendly environment fosters growth and engagement among employees.
  4. Investing in cultural and leadership development pays off in increased competitiveness and innovation.
  5. Being coachable is a powerful trait for leaders; ego can be the biggest barrier to growth.

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