A few weeks ago, I was introduced to a remarkable entrepreneur, David K. Williams and encouraged to dive deep into The 7 non-negotiables that drive his company Fishbowl Inventories’ stellar results. At first glance, I was awe struck by his level of transparency and humility. Rarely do I come across a highly successful entrepreneur who openly shares every bit of his company’s financial results with his entire organization.
Not only does that take a lot of guts, but spend a few minutes with David and you’ll know why putting people first is the difference between an average business and an extraordinary one. At Fishbowl, they don’t pay lip service to the soft values; they celebrate them. In fact, it’s the only way for a team member to earn ownership in the business. The 7 non-negotiables are Respect, Belief, Trust, Loyalty, Commitment, Courage, and Gratitude – and if they sound like family values, here’s why!