CEO & President of Fabcon Companies Michael (Mike) LeJeune presented at the College’s latest Leadership Lecture Series event on May 7, 2015. The series—offered the first Thursday of every month—has brought several prominent speakers to campus to speak on a variety of leadership topics.
Mike began his presentation by sharing the progression of his professional life with the audience, highlighting some of the challenges he first began to experience during his early years with Fabcon. Mike explained that after years of trying to find the root of the problem, he realized it was something much bigger than he was expecting: it was the overall culture of the organization.
“The most important thing I can do as a CEO is create a corporate culture where everyone can succeed,” Mike said.
Mike’s decision to shift the corporate culture of Fabcon ultimately shaped a set of important guidelines he and his employees now follow–something they call “the Fabcon way”:
- Keep your integrity.
- Focus on what is right instead of what is wrong.
- Say thank you.
- Treat everyone with respect.
- Focus on the process, not the person.
- Really listen.
- Know it’s okay to make a mistake.
- Explain why you want someone to do something; share with them the big picture.
- Celebrate success.
- Have fun.
Mike explained that by following this simple but effective list of corporate ethics, Fabcon—and its employees—have emerged stronger and more successful than ever. He hopes his story and these tips encourage organizational leaders in a similar situation to do the same.
The Leadership Lecture Series continues with Dale Mulfinger, FAIA Principal Emeritus, SALA Architects, Inc. Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 a.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.