Workplace Perspective – an employment law podcast produced by SAFFIRE LEGAL, PC

Episode #32 – Lessons from an ESOP Convert: Shawn Burcham

Shawn Burcham

Today’s special guest is Shawn Burcham, Founder & CEO of Pro Food Systems, Inc. and the author of the Amazon Bestselling book Keeping Score with GRITT: Straight Talk Strategies for Success. SAFFIRE LEGAL PC’s founder and principal attorney Teresa McQueen talks with Shawn about the challenges in creating & operating a 100% employee owned business. This is an exciting episode with a dynamic entrepreneur who believes empowering employees to think and act like owners is a recipe for success.  

 

Workplace Perspective is a regular podcast series for employers and employees focusing on education, training, and the law to help organizations of all sizes develop and maintain successful employer / employee relationships.

 

 

“The main job of a CEO or President is to share the vision.”Shawn Burcham

Highlights From This Week’s Workplace Perspective:

  • One of the biggest challenges in creating an ESOP is overcoming the mental hurdle of recognizing that creating an ESOP requires a loss of owner control.

 

  • Creating an ESOP won’t change the company culture if you don’t communicate the reasons behind the decision and why its good for the employees. 

 

  • ESOP’s give everyone a stake in the success of the business and provides a great opportunity to make a commitment to the employees and the local community. 

 

 

Shawn’s  Tips for Employers and Employees

  • Understand how your business – or the business you work for – operates. 

 

  • Make an effort to become financially literate to help understand how your actions impact the business. 

 

  • Become laser-focused on being self-aware of your strengths and weaknesses and focus on utilizing those strengths to become more successful. 

 

  • Focus on those around you – what are their strengths and motivators – focus on what drives these individuals to help you operate better as part of a team and to increase your overall chances for success.    

 

 

 

Thank You To:

Shawn Burcham

 

Additional Resources Mentioned During the Episode:

Keeping Score with GRITT: Straight Talk Strategies for Success – Written by Shawn Burcham

 

Special Thanks To…

Paul Roberts

(Engineer/Associate Producer Extraordinaire!)

 

Michele Hardy de Boisblanc

(Associate Producer Extraordinaire!)

 

Stephen Vercelloni

(Composer Extraordinaire! Today’s episode features the song Grifter)

 

James Bohannan & The Knave At Knight

(DJs & “Radio Angels” Extraordinaire!)

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