Mike Barnes is a value creator extraordinaire, brand genius, merchandising wizard and gifted people developer.
He built the Fossil watch and lifestyle brand from the ground up, literally, from $0 to $2B+ in sales.  Mike moved on to grow Signet Jewelers, the $6B retail jeweler, by acquiring its biggest competitor to bolster their unparalleled brand portfolio. Then Mike revitalized Francesca’s chain of 700 women’s boutiques.
During a recent interview with Mike for a group of local CEOs, I piggybacked on Mike’s insights about being transparent to share four questions all employees ask whether or not your hear them:
  1. Where are we going? (goal)
  2. What are we doing to get there? (plans)
  3. How can I contribute? (role)
  4. What’ sin it for me? (rewards -social, psychological, economic, etc.)
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