Simon Arias is a warrior and a survivor who has overcome so many challenges in life to be where he is right now – at the top of his game at the pinnacle of his career with nowhere to go but up. His story is something out of a storybook – growing up poor in a rough neighborhood in a single parent household, became enamored with the trappings of street life, in and out of juvenile detention centers – until he managed to right himself through the help of others. And then it was all positive from then on – rising, developing, conquering, succeeding – and then repeating the process.
His life may have been a struggle at first but it is his leadership and his rather unconventional style that has gotten our attention. His style may be considered humanistic but competitive – as he strives to create a familial culture and atmosphere but also cultivates a culture of competition – further incentivizing success with rewards and recognition, thereby keeping the edge and the loyalty going strong.
His leadership style may be considered unconventional but it is founded on the strong foundation of mentorship and modeling and further enhanced by recognition and incentives and the underlying concept of fun and friendly competition.
He has stated outright that you have to throw away the concept of work-life balance because you have to frontally load the equation with work, throwing the balance askew initially in order for you to enjoy the fruits of your labors in the future and stepping back without any inhibitions. While not exactly earth-shattering, Simon Arias does have a point – founded on the concept of sacrifice to get what you where you have to be in order to achieve unparalleled success.
He also stresses that if you really want to achieve something, you have to be able to replicate yourself among your subordinates so that you would be increasing the effectivity of the whole organization. Simon Arias muses that if you replicate yourself among a number of people, you increasingly give them the ability to run the organization while you start to let go and enjoy life. Sounds pretty much like active mentorship – which is probably what it really is.
Another thing that Simon Arias stresses is the importance of creating a familial atmosphere which not only gives the essence and sense of security but more importantly breeds loyalty and dedication to the company. We all know that company performance relies on the satisfaction of the employees. Which is why, it is pretty important to give credit where it is due and give due recognition to outstanding employees.
And speaking of recognition, it would also do well to incentivize performance – to give rewards to achievers, to give applause where it is due. And it is also important that a fun atmosphere would be created because it would increase the dedication and the performance of your employees. Yes, it would probably cost some money but if the result is increased performance overall, then it is a cost that is worth the burden.
In short, never lose sight of the ultimate goal. The journey is important as we have to develop people who would help us in our goals but the achievement of the vision is much more critical. The trappings are important because it helps you to arrive at the goal faster. The process is also important because it will leave a lasting impression of you among the people whose lives you have touched.
Simon Arias has shown us the path that we can follow. Overcome all obstacles and struggles, find someone to mentor and guide you and be ready to sacrifice to conquer the world. And when you get to conquer your goal, do not rest on your laurels and repeat the process all over again on a different goal this time and replicate the success you have experienced – the results would be more than worth it.