Larry Murphy on Thinking Family

The business environment was founded on the “mom and pop” philosophy where people knew and supported each other, just like a family.  As time evolved and companies became bigger and bigger, things changed.  Organizations became more impersonal and, rather than coming to work with your second family, people began to go to their “job”.  It felt more impersonal and employees felt like they were just a number.

A generation or two later, things have come full circle.  Graduates entering the job market are looking for strong family-based companies.  Candidates seeking the “right” environment have choices.  They want a company where they can grow and be supported throughout their career.  Candidates want to know someone has their best interest at heart, much like mom and dad do at home. They want to work somewhere where they can make a difference. They want supportive leaders who mentor, encourage and thank them for a job well done.

Larry Murphy, President of Fabrication, Industrial, Insulation, OEM, and Export at the General Insulation Company believes that organizations with strong family values motivate employees and creates a strong competitive advantage. Larry is the definition of a family man and the guiding hand of many employees at GIC. Throughout the growth of the company, the central value has held as the belief that people matter.  Our People, One Family

As a company grows, so do the people.

Their success is your success.  The bottom line profit is important, but make money so that your people and their families can have a better life.

Below are three things to grow and develop the family atmosphere that can be strong backbone of a company’s success.
  1. Have fun. Take your job, not yourself, seriously.  Your team should enjoy their work place and what they are doing. When people have fun at a job, it doesn’t feel so much like “work”.  Encourage leaders to have fun with their people.
    • Today: Fun at the Core. Encourage your team to laugh a few times every day. Harmless practical jokes keep people having fun. As a leader, model that behavior.  Ask the question, “When was the last time you laughed at yourself?” and then have people share their stories in meetings.  Studies show that people are motivated by an enjoyable work environment. (
  2. Accept change.  The future is now.  Change occurs on a consistent basis. Positively encouraging your employees to accept and adopt change will allow them and your company to grow.
    • Today: Analyze, Evaluate, and Apply. Start by analyzing common problems your company or industry faces. Then read and study about how other companies are handling those problems. Ask your employees their opinions.  In this way you can begin to understand the problems at hand and start applying solutions learned from other experts and your own employees.
  3. Mentor and Coach Your Employees.   Success often comes with the help of others. Many people would not have gotten to where they are today without the help of their coworkers and mentors. Develop your leaders so they can take on more responsibility. People who can see room for growth will remain loyal and greatly contribute to the future of your company.
    • Today: Ownership. Once you’ve trained, mentored and coached employees, empower them. Make them feel like they matter by allowing them to do their jobs without micromanaging them.  Then consistently praise them for a job well done.  In this way, employees will feel that the success of this company is their own.Our People, One Family: Family Business

Putting it all together

The work environment is constantly changing, but the core values of your company should remain the same. Think of how a family works – you always encourage your family members to grow, learn, take ownership of their successes and mistakes, and have fun together. Without family values, without valuing our people, without having fun, we would not be the successful company we are today.

For more tips on how to change up your company work environment, check out CEO of General Insulation, Frank Granara’s newly published book, “Beyond the Executive Comfort Zone.” This book chronicles how Frank Granara, CEO of General Insulation Company, and nationally known leadership Consultant, Lorraine Grubbs, achieved unparalleled results to create a profound and lasting change in Frank’s leadership team. To read just how they did it you can purchase the book on Amazon.

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