Internationally known motivational speaker Zig Ziglar has spoken to millions of business leaders and is widely respected for his business acumen, however, one of his recommended steps for business success often causes his audience to laugh at him. Ziglar tells extremely competitive business and salesmen and women to, “Hire nice people.” Back in the 80s and 90s you could see the stunned looks on people who’d paid top dollar for a Ziglar seminar when they heard this laughable advice.
Weren’t they in a take-no-prisoners battle with their corporate enemies? There was no room for the weak in their cutthroat, winner-takes-all world, was there? But Ziglar was adamant; nice is neither weak, stupid or noncompetitive, and hiring pleasant, industrious and conscientious employees was a key to building a successful business. The same applies to your elected officials, who are, after all, your employees.
Next Tuesday is Election Day and your opportunity to hire or retain those employees who will impact our lives for a long time to come. Many of you have made up your mind; you might even have a sign or two in your front yard declaring your support of the various candidates, but take a moment between now and Tuesday to reflect on how you made your decision.