Prioritize systems over your people.

So what are the highest priorities for inspiring people?

If a company wants to avoid having it’s people feel like they are not important then they need to make sure that there processes and structures (systems) are not overriding people in terms of priority. Yet it’s true that without clearly defined process and structure (systems) that are needed to help them become successful, we still can take capable, well-meaning people, leaving them to figure things out on their own, and set them up to be victims of failure, and if we have prioritize systems over people, then we place the blame on them for their miserable performances. And to add insult to this injury, we fire them.

Our priority needs to be people first then systems, but here’s the catch you need to develop the system first. Remember systems run the business and people run the systems. So when developing your systems keep in mind that at some point a person will be needed to use that system to become successful and inspired to do more.

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