Learn What Employees Really Want

Empower People


There sometimes seems to be a disconnect between management and employees. What would happen if leadership asked what their employees wanted? Bryant Ambelang, President and CEO of NatureSweet, learned to ask his employees what they truly wanted out of their jobs. He discovered that leaders can unleash the power of people when they listen to employees and enable them to pursue their desires.

Bryant is the President and CEO of NatureSweet, Ltd., the largest greenhouse producer of tomatoes in North America. Currently, NatureSweet operates seven facilities—six in Mexico and one in the U.S.—and pursues its mission of "unleashing the power of people" through a vertically integrated production model that offers full-time direct employment to over 8,000 associates.  



Bryant’s company experienced a decrease in employee turnover as he employed the leadership principles outlined in this course. When he asked his employees what they really, really wanted, they worked together to accomplish a common goal. 

What do you think your employees really want? In what ways do your desires for the company align with their desires?
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What concerns do you have about asking your employees what they want? Why do you think that is?
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What is one thing you truly want for your company? Why do you want it?
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Bryant said pursuing what we want requires perseverance and sacrifice. We often settle for ease today and lose what we really want tomorrow. What might you have to sacrifice to achieve what you and you employees want?
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Part of being in leadership involves communicating with those you lead. For Bryant, that means he communicates what his employees are responsible for and what they earn in return. What are you responsible for communicating at your company? Where do you see room for growth in your communication?
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Bryant said by being clear about his expectations and compensation, he unleashes people to pursue what they desire in life. How are you giving people the opportunity to pursue what they really want?
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Bryant talked about how seeing people work for the things they desire in life is his favorite part of his job. What do you enjoy most about your job? Why?
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What might it look like for you to invest in your employees this week based on the principles from this session?
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Unleashing the power of people requires leadership. An empowering leader enables employees to pursue what they really want in life. Step out in these leadership principles this week. Dare to unleash the power of people in your organization.


Learn more from Bryant Ambelang in the course Unleash the Power of People