Recently, while poking around on Google, I came across an article that talked about different personality traits that make great employees. It got me to thinking what I valued in an employee and also, what I value in a true friend.
Over those 34 years, I had many other employees who I would classify as Problem solvers but not as many as you might think. When I look back to how long I kept some of those problem causing employees, I actually cringe. It's occurred to me that by keeping some of those problem employees, I probably lost some great employees. If I had a do-over, I'd surround myself with can-do, problem solving employees. Those who choose to find solutions, who refuse to be victims (I had a few of those also), and spend their energy moving past challenges. People like that are irreplaceable.
Remember, you can't change who someone is and you should never try. I learned the hard way that I could not bend someone to be what I needed just as I couldn't always adjust myself and the business to fit them. Someone is either a positive person or they aren't. This post doesn't even address employees who lie, steal or "stuff" designs with unpaid flowers.
On that note, I wish all my floral friends a stress free and financially successful holiday season!!