I must admit that of all our fundamentals, “Share The Why” is truly one of my favorites. Maybe it’s because as a kid, I always wanted to know why. I’m a Taurus (April 24th), so I guess that means I may have been a little stubborn in my younger years (I hope not so much as I get older). Therefore, I didn’t want to just be told what to do, but I wanted and needed to know why. The main reason that I pushed back for more understanding is that if more knowledge was shared, it became an opportunity to learn and be part of progress. That feels good, as opposed to being kept in the dark and feeling more like a cog in the wheel.
I believe, to my core, that every single associate at Famous should not only understand why we do what we do, but you deserve to be an integral part of the conversation. When we run our business in an inclusive environment, where everyone’s input matters, we make better decisions that affect us all.
I’m very proud to be associated with a team of peers (all of you) that want to understand and share the why. To me, it just makes good sense personally and professionally. A powerful example of the foundation of this fundamental would be a combination of three things:
These events offer us all opportunities to “share the why”. We can offer knowledge and ask questions for clarity, and additional discussions can take place for further and deeper understanding. And by listening to all others, whether it’s up, down, or sideways in our organization, we gain additional opportunities to learn, adjust, and / or change accordingly.
Our new direction with our RDC’s, whether it’s our inventory or logistics plan is a specific example that needed a ton of communication so the entire company was in alignment and understood why we were doing what we were doing. Can you imagine what chaos we would have if we didn’t thoughtfully share the why? What if we didn’t communicate and just told you what we were going to do? So many amazing things came out of “sharing the why”, like the following:
Please continue to think deeply about this fundamental, regardless of your role, and especially if you are in a leadership / managerial position. We are not the type of company that plays political games or uses information for the purpose of control, ego, power, or position. That’s not our culture. It never will be. Obviously, there can be more sensitive information that has a confidential nature from time to time, but generally speaking, our philosophy is to be open, honest, and share the why. We believe in transparency.
In closing, if you ever have 20 spare minutes, I would encourage you to watch the Simon Sinek TED Talk about this vital subject. I believe you will find it enlightening. Enjoy, and thank you in advance for sharing the why! https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action?language=en