After three decades, David Giertz is well known in the financial sector as someone who doesn’t hesitate to act. His quick thinking has earned him several impressive opportunities, such as the position of president of Nationwide Financial’s Sales and Distribution Organization. Succeeding in the financial sector for so many years requires more than hard work. It requires a talent for putting ideas into action and that’s a gift David is willing to share.
David Giertz Reveals How He Implements His Ideas
While the initial ideas may come from David, he says he can’t fully take credit for bringing any of them to life. He adds that the real trick is getting a diverse group of people together and asking them for their input. As they adopt the idea as their own and look for ways to improve upon it, the possibility of making it happen becomes an inevitability. Mr. Giertz says the key to exploiting the potential of any idea is in letting an entire team take ownership of the concept.
One such idea was born out of a necessity to retain employees. David recalled that he wss losing an unusually high number of employees, but discovered that their pay wasn’t the reason in most cases. He recalled that employees weren’t feeling valued and this led to a general feeling of dissatisfaction with the company. Giertz says he wanted to address this in a positive way, so the trend would resolve itself.
The idea he put into action was to give employees greater access to senior executives. Those employees performing in the top 20% were chosen to network with senior executives in workshops. The event was conducted twice per year, giving every employee the opportunity to improve and qualify for the opportunity. As a result, overall performance improved and employees felt more involved in the organization, which improved morale.
A Word on Being Productive
Being a successful executive means David Giertz can get bogged down with administrative tasks. As a result, his own productivity can suffer, unless he makes conscious changes in his routine. One way he controls the flow of his day is by limiting the time he spends responding to emails. David says he can easily get lost in a mountain of email, if he’s not careful.
To avoid this, Mr. Giertz dedicates one chunk of each day to answering emails. He’ll address as much as he can within that time frame, but, once his self-appointed time limit expires, he’s done. The rest will have to wait for the next day. By doing this, David can dedicate more of his day to implementing his latest ideas and brainstorming with his team.