Overview Employee Investors

Quick Summary: Of the four investor categories, employees are the most important.


Of the four investor categories, employees are the most important.  Through their efforts the company develops its products and services and makes them available to customers.  Without their activities, there is no need or purpose for the other investors.  Despite its important, there are only three articles in this section.  Four other chapters in this collection, Growing Pains, Responsiveness, Human Capital, and Management, provide significantly more comments about employees.

Quite understandably, there are more articles in this overall collection regarding employees than any other subject.  Simply, nothing happens without the efforts of individuals collectively working together to achieve the company’s goals.  Employees invest the only commodity that is not replaceable, their time.  It is only through their efforts that Principle One: Stay in Business, has a chance of being realized.  Employees, at all levels, are also primarily responsible for executing Principle Two: Treat All Individuals with Dignity and Respect.  It is, therefore, fitting that the first group identified in Principle Three: Provide an Acceptable Return to All Investors, should focus on the company’s employees.

This collection of articles includes five other chapters that directly relate to employees.  Most of the articles in those chapters could have easily been included in this chapter as well.  The related chapters are:

  • 4.01 Growing Pains: Articles that discuss the near constant changes in an organization that begin to occur as soon as the company is started and continue until it reaches full maturity.
  • 4.02 Responding versus Reacting: Articles that discuss the difference between responsiveness and reactive behaviors and the impacts on individuals as well as the organization, business partners, customers, and financial investors.
  • 4.03 Human Capital Management: Articles that discuss various aspects of employee policies, procedures, and company interactions with employees.
  • 4.04 Employee Recognition: Articles that discuss tangible and intangible methods of recognizing employees and their contributions.
  • 4.06 Management: Articles that discuss management approaches and techniques, most of which have a direct impact on employees.


The remainder of this section lists the titles and abstracts of the three articles contained in this section.

You Can't Do It Alone

There is no question that an entrepreneur will need help in building their company.  Recruiting the first wave of employees is crucial.  Once on board, allowing them to invest their talents to make you and company successful requires careful planning and the ability to “let go” and let them be successful.  The foundation for the company will be built by employees, not outside contractors.

Employees Want to be Successful

There is no question that employees want to be successful and obtain an acceptable return on their most precious investment, their time.  However, individuals each define success in their own way from their own perspective.  Understanding and taking into account these different definitions is critical in helping a company move forward with the optimum use of resources.

Take Time for People

The speed of business and our tendency to react and not respond can easily make us lose sight that our employees are actually people with feelings, wants, and needs that extend far beyond the business tasks that we expect them to perform.  Don’t forget to invest in them as people just as they are investing in you and the company.


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