Maximizing Your Human Capital: Why Leaders Need to Understand that People Are Their Biggest Asset

February 8, 2023

Maximizing Your Human Capital: Why Leaders Need to Understand that People Are Their Biggest Asset

Let’s talk about the concept of people being assets or human capital. Have you ever heard that it’s wrong to call a person an asset? Well, I’m here to challenge that thought! People are absolutely an asset, actually as a leader, they are the greatest asset that you can have.
Context matters folks. The word asset isn’t a problem, it’s how we treat people and how we treat assets in our organization that’s the problem.

If we are going to drive our businesses, companies, and even personal relationships forward, we must invest our time, energy, and resources into people. The purpose of this episode is to get you to maximize your human capital. Once you invest in the best assets (people), they will create the best profits!

Takeaways 📝

🔑 Value your assets as much as you value profit.
🔑 Remember this: mission first, people always.
🔑 There’s a difference between irreplaceable and expendable.

Homework 📚

If you are a business owner or a leader of a company, ask yourself- are your words and actions in alignment as it pertains to the resources, time, and energy spent on the people that you claim are your biggest asset?

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About the Host:

Laurel Rutledge’s human-centered approach, empathy, and understanding of individual needs make her a top-notch personal advisor and women’s leadership coach. Her care and compassion have made her an indispensable guide for countless women navigating the next phases of their lives and careers. Add to that her intimate knowledge of the HR landscape, and it becomes clear why her HR clients have had such transformative experiences. Just as Rutledge has helped countless others get out of their rut and off of the ledge, so too can she help you. After receiving her MBA, Laurel moved from accounting and consulting to human resources, driven by a desire to do good in a business environment. It quickly became apparent that the switch had been a good choice — she flourished professionally and became happier, satisfied with the difference she could make through her work. After a 30-year career, she left the corporate world, but her passion for HR and helping others has only grown. Now, she works one-on-one with clients, leveraging her experience in leadership and personal development to help them get the most of out their lives and careers. From her beginnings as a consultant at Deloitte to her time as VP of HR at Covestro, Laurel has seen more sides of the business world than most. She’s achieved technical mastery of HR, with a deep knowledge of the rules and regulations that must be followed. She’s also a people person, perceptive and outgoing, with a sixth sense for helping others to see the difference between what they want and what they need. The culmination of this is in her personal philosophy: “lead with your heart, act with your head.” Find out more at: https://laurelrutledge.com Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page. Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below! Subscribe to the podcast If you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also subscribe from the podcast app on your mobile device. Leave us an iTunes review Ratings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on iTunes, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on iTunes.

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