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Thriving Michigan is a new program from Michigan’s Chambers of Commerce to strengthen business and communities across the state.
The true measure of the performance of a company is how well it takes care of its people. Not just its owners and shareholders, but its customers, employees, suppliers and community as well. Businesses that understand this create far-greater results in financial terms, but more importantly, they create greater results in human terms too.
SUM+SUBSTANCE SHARES THE STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE CREATED PURPOSE AND MEANING IN THEIR JOBS. THESE ARE THE STORIES OF BUCKING THE TREND, LISTENING TO YOUR GUT, FAILING GLORIOUSLY, WORKING HARD, AND FINDING OPPORTUNITY IN INOPPORTUNE TIMES. EVERY STORY IS DIFFERENT AND EVERY STORY OFFERS A CHALLENGE. THESE CHALLENGES WILL PROPEL YOU AS YOU GO FORTH AND DO GOOD WORK.
Greatness takes more than profit. A great company seeks to achieve something important for the people it serves. It creates value for all of its stakeholders and fosters a caring culture that challenges people to continually raise the bar. Great companies are built by courageous and humble leaders who know that personal growth is a prerequisite to team progress. Get this right and enjoy a sustained increase in employee engagement, word-of-mouth advertising, stakeholder synergy and personal fulfillment. Go forth, and do great things.
When we stop growing, we begin to die. For human beings learning, the exposure to new ideas and concepts is the most effective way to grow. Recent discoveries in cognitive science, evolutionary biology, and business theory present huge challenges for business leaders. We are doing a lot of things that stifle the growth and progress of our companies. Seeing these errors and considering alternatives is exactly the kind of learning that helps us continue to grow.