13 Characteristics of the Best Companies

 In Business Success, Leadership, Leadership Development, management, Organizational Change
The best companies have great workplace cultures.  Aristotle wrote, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act but a habit.” He was referring to people, but this is true for organizations as well. The culture defines the quality of a company’s mission, approach to business, and the working relationships to get things done. The best companies tend to achieve great results like:
  • Lower employee turnover and higher loyalty and employee engagement.
  • Superior customer service or high-quality products or, ideally, both.
  • Enviable and sustainable sales growth.
  • Good profits.
  • On-going sustainable growth

13 Characteristics of the Best CompaniesWhat are the Characteristics of the Best Companies? Do YOU Work for One?

Over the years RCI partnered with a couple hundred companies. After studying them, the research, and reviewing numerous publications; we outlined the following characteristics for the best companies. Now many organizations preach how good they are but they are great pretenders. Consequently, check out Glassdoor, eNPS studies, and The Best Workplace or other resources that reveal the real culture of a company.

Therefore, use this as a checklist for rating your company. How does it stack up? What would you add?

  1. Integrity
  2. Customer focus
  3. A purpose driven vision (that includes making this a better world)
  4. Engaged service focused Leadership
  5. Risk-taking
  6. Teamwork
  7. High-performance standards
  8. Highly engaged employees
  9. Excellent employee development and training
  10. Positive communication
  11. Excellent benefits and pay
  12. Innovation
  13. Limited or no politics

This is the twentieth year for Fortune’s list of the top 100 best companies to work for. Google is #1 for the eighth time in eleven years. These twelve companies have made the list every year: REI, Publix, Goldman Sachs, Whole Foods, Nordstrom’s, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Cisco, W. L. Gore and Associates, TD Industries, Marriott International, SAS, and Wegman’s Food Markets.

Companies on the Fortune list have to go through a rigorous application and certification process. There are other companies just as good or better who don’t bother with the process. Above all, Fortune best companies do excel and provide a template for improving a business. These companies set high standards in employee engagement, customer service, revenue growth (3X others) and profitability.

What is Most Important for Leaders 

13 Characteristics of the Best CompaniesIf you are a manager, how do you embrace and apply these qualities to your team? A company can have a great culture but a manager can lead terribly because of poor people skills. In addition, a company can have a lousy culture and a manager can lead superbly with great people skills. Consequently, the manager is the difference. Bottom-line, if you want your team to be better, you must be a better leader. Therefore, become a Servant Leader. Put your team first. Likewise, give your team what they want and need, and you will be successful.

Also, do you want more ideas on how to inspire your team? Check this out this complimentary eBook-How to Motivate-NO-Inspire People.

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