So when I saw the Moroccan foot carver making his creations, what drew us to him was how much he enjoyed his work. While there were other people carving with their feet, I never really noticed what they were doing. What set this guy apart was that he loved his work and it showed through his eyes and through his smile. For the others, it was a way to make a living, but for this guy it was what he loved to do. It’s not that his work was complex, but it was simple. It made me realize that complexity doesn’t always bring more joy – sometimes the simpler the better. You know, it’s like a kid having more fun with a stick that’s shaped like a gun instead of having a real toy gun. Sometimes simplicity wins over complexity.
This got me thinking about Saddleback and how important it is for us to have our people working in their sweet spots. When someone is doing what they love – what they are gifted at or what they’re good at – then people are always drawn to them. But, if someone is just doing something for a paycheck, very rarely is anyone ever drawn to them and that extends to their business. That’s what we strive for at Saddleback Leather and Old Mexico manufacturing. We strive to put people in their sweet spots so that they love what they are doing and people are drawn to them. When we hire at Saddleback we not only look at resumes and experience, but we test everyone to find their Core Values so that we can put them in the area where they shine. I would give that advice to all business owners.
If you have someone that works for you or under you and they are drawn towards other areas, pay attention to that and share with your people what you have noticed. Pull them aside and say “hey I noticed that you are drawn towards people and you like talking to others, but you are stuck in the accounting department.” Encourage them to step out and try something different more towards their gifting. If you do that they’ll be even more successful than they would be in their accounting job and your business, in turn, will be more successful and draw others towards it. If someone is making people smile because of their work and they enjoy what they are doing that’s a win-win for everyone.