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“When you look at what our business is good at, what
we distilled down as a team is that we’re problem solvers.
We’re good at solving problems,” he said.
According to van Bruggen, employees knowing that they
are able to take initiative to solve any potential problems
for clients creates an engaged workforce. If someone calls
with a problem or needs something, van Bruggen’s team
is empowered to make the necessary decisions in order to
rectify the situation, which he views as fulfilling for him, his
employees and the company’s clients.
He also believes that humility is an integral component
of the culture of Barricades and Signs.
“Humility is definitely a very big piece to our hiring and
leadership qualifications,” said van Bruggen. “I believe if
we can all recognize that we’re learning, that a leader is
learning also, that changes the dynamic of leadership.”
He doesn’t believe in micro-managing, preferring instead
a teamwork approach, where everyone contributes ideas
freely and feels comfortable providing honest feedback. He
also hires people based on whether the candidate fits the
organizational culture that the company has worked so
hard to build.
“Recognizing that we all have strengths and talents is
important and applying them properly is important,” said
van Bruggen. “We definitely value the culture fit and people
orientation over skills, because you can train skills. Anybody
can learn to do something – it’s very hard to change the way
people view the world. That’s not to say that we don’t hire
people who need a little work on their perspective, but it’s
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