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When was the last time you felt truly inspired?
Inspiring leaders are visionaries. They focus not just on who you are now, but on who you have the potential to be.
WATCH FULL INTERVIEW: Stephanie speaks with Ronnie Altit – CEO and co-Founder of Australian IT success-story Insentra about his approach to building a high performing organisation and why a strong and positive workplace culture is the single most important element in business.
Fortunately, in my line of work, I’m inspired on a daily basis by the business leaders I meet. Business leaders who have, in the face of continuous change and adversity over the last 18 months, maintained an indomitable spirit and a deep connection to their core purpose.
One such leader I had the pleasure of talking to this week is Ronnie Altit – CEO and co-Founder of Insentra. As well as being awarded one of Australia’s Greatest Places to Work over the last five years, Insentra are experiencing extraordinary success solving one of the industry’s greatest bug bears – the lack of access to available resources and talent to enable growth.
Insentra exist to deliver Professional and Managed services through IT partners/vendors for their clients. They place a high value on people and culture – knowing their success depends on their capacity to attract and retain talented IT professionals in order to effectively augment their partners’ teams.
“Leadership and culture is the single most important thing in any business. It trumps profit, it trumps revenue, all of those things, because without the right culture and leadership you won’t have those things anyway”.
Ronnie keeps a close watch on his company culture. He personally interviews every new candidate and asks them why they want to work at Insentra. In an industry that is pulling out all the stops on salaries and perks to attract talent, Ronnie is hearing that a great company culture is still a fundamental driver for most. “People are letting me know that the primary driver for why they want to come to Insentra is the culture that we have”.
Ronnie’s personal experience is supported by the latest KPMG / Harvey Nash CIO survey, reporting that “strong culture and leadership is the top factor in retaining technology talent – more important than good remuneration”.
To foster and sustain a high-performance culture, Ronnie harnesses talent by creating the conditions for people to thrive.
“You need to set up an environment where people can feel comfortable to perform at their best”. The leaders at Insentra actively embrace everybody’s abilities and encourage a culture where there is “no fear of retribution”, where people feel safe to speak up and bring their authentic self to work. The Insentra train story is the story of how they live their values to create an extraordinary company culture.
One example is their “How are you” question. At the is at the beginning of every meeting, they ask each other “how are you 1-10 personally? How are you 1-10 at work?”. This simple cultural habit ensures people are checked in on regularly and where their ratings fall short – the team rally around them to help.
Ronnie’s purpose and passion is simple – to create an environment where people love where they work. “My whole WHY is being able to make a profound difference to everybody I meet. What inspires me is watching everybody around me doing so well, and that just makes me want to give more”.
Leaders like Ronnie are inspiring because they share purpose and ignite passion. They are so clear on their purpose that it becomes impossible not to get excited by it.
For these leaders, we’re capable of producing extraordinary results over sustained periods without burning out, because they create the conditions where people thrive.
Like enzymes that act as catalysts for chemical transformations, inspiring leaders activate potential by leveraging talent in the pursuit of shared purpose.
If you’re a leader in IT and want to learn more about how be an inspiring leader – sign up for my free information session next week!
Inspire High Performance: Discover what leaders do to inspire people and connect to purpose.
Wednesday 14 July – 1:30pm-2:30pm AEST