Sayed Mia is a high profile personality who is well known for his connections in the broader South African business community in government, local and international diplomatic circles. He has led and participated in a number of international delegations involving bilateral business and political agreements. He is an accomplished public speaker and panelist and has been quoted at length in a number of financial, business publications. His philanthropy has made him a loved and adored man in all circles in South Africa, in all races and religions.
Using his god given talents of lateral thinking and a strong sense of intuition, he was able to propel his brokerage firm into an outstanding success. So much so that African Eagle Insurance approached him to establish an office in Lenasia. Within time he not only became the manager, but also the regional manager and then a board member. He also achieved the distinction of being Man of the year in his company for 6 years in a row. Sayed Mia broke the mould during this time in South Africa when it was both unlikely and unheard of for a person of colour to achieve such a level success.
There are definitely important lessons to be learned from Sayed Mia’s business ethos and the importance of a happy motivated workforce.
- Show them they’re valued
While paying well is key, there are all sorts of other ways you can let your staff know they’re valued. The simplest of these is to TELL them. Tell them you value what they do. Tell them how important they are to the business. Beyond telling them try to show them, try bringing your core & extended team, including some of your casual staff, to an upcoming concert, theatre show or lovely dinner, simply to say thanks.
- Create a fun work environment
Consciously make an effort to try to create a workplace that your motivated workforce will enjoy coming to each day. There are small and unique things that you can do and they always seem to foster a happiness among the team and that’s invaluable.
- Give them responsibility
One of the best ways to motivate people is to give them responsibility. Let them take meetings on their own. Let them go out to see potential new clients. Trust that they know how you want them to operate on your behalf and that you can rely on them to do it for you.
- Get their input on decisions – big or small
Only a fool, whether successful or not, thinks he or she is right ALL the time. Nobody is. If you can accept that then it makes perfect sense to involve your staff when making business decisions. A motivated workforce will be motivated to make sure the right decisions are made for the business. They want what’s best for the business which is exactly what you want them to want.
- Don’t be afraid of criticism
A motivated workforce will challenge you. They’ll challenge you on everything that matters. That’s one of the most important benefits of a happy and motivated team.